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Could be your electronic ignition module

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Assuming the new calipers are not dragging/jammed, look at
* the handbrake system. Is this locking the back wheels?
* the hill-start assist, if fitted (on manual transmission cars). This can also jam the brakes.

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The brake pads are okay?
Alternator and pump belts are okay?

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check the coolant temp sensor , fuses , relay and fan for operation if electric fans
if manual fan replace the viscous fan hub
have a pressure test done on cooling system to check for cracked tanks or other leaks
over 5 years old and never changed the water conditioner (antifreeze/boil concentrate ), consider replacing the radiator

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Find a large open parking lot and then do tight figure "8's" with the steering wheel all the way over locked and then listen for noises from the front wheel area with your windows down and the RADIO OFF! When doing figure 8's with the steering wheel hard over each way when your doing the figure 8 pattern will bring out the bad CV joints and they will make lots of noise. Best to get a second quote from a front end shop and compare prices. You could call a local auto parts store and ask what the CV joint and shafts cost to get an idea on the parts prices. Good luck and road test that car in a large parking lot with room to do the figure 8 pattern. Dennis

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Forester wheel lug torque spec is 89 lb-ft.

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Gaylene Green,

If you already had a heating issue... just skip over all this meaningless RE-Torque "STUFF"

If there was no overheating
before this procedure... I would suggest either the WRONG GASKETS were used... or they were somehow reversed blocking a water passage).

TORQUE has two ways to go...
Too loose = leaks (water and/or combustion)
Too TIGHT = Broken bolt/stripped threads

If it will make you happy

Sure... TIGHTEN... and then RE-TIGHTEN... after running.

That USED to be the way it was done... until they came out with WONDERFUL "Modern" head gaskets... (tighter... never looser... and NEVER (MORE) too tight.

If you think your torque is too much... you MUST also follow the REVERSE torque pattern when loosening (else risk a fractured casting (FOR REALS)).

Although I seriously doubt the desired effect...

The answer is SURE...!! Go for it... Re-Torque...

(Could not possibly hurt... unless you do it wrong!)

Just not sure of the "OVERHEAT" diagnosis...
sounds more than a bit odd.

If there is any previous history of overheating... I would pursue that as an INDEPENDANT issue.

Thermostat, defective water pump... radiator cap... or crusted up radiator (any or all of the above + rotten casting plugs in the engine).

Head torque... Naaah.

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After the car is at operating temperature feel the top radiator hose with car running. you can feel the movement of the water'
You should also check for a bad thermostat part open b4 anything else
Hope this helps Mike

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I would check for a large exhaust leak, somewhere between where the exhaust manifolds attach to the engine heads to the muffler. Since you had the heads done, I would inspect the connections between the exhaust manifold & heads, the manifolds and the down/flex pipe, and the oxygen sensor housings.


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Check your fuses. Your 3 problems all need a constant, when the switch is off, 12 volts. They are all probably on the same fuse.

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I would expect a "check engine" light and a code if your O2 sensor was bad. You checked codes, right?

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Here is an answer from your self.
Self. " Yes, likely you will be needing new front window motors."
Unfortunately, with all things being made by computer today, the extra measure of quality has been removed to accommodate cost.
When you take apart the doors to install the motors, be sure the regulators are in good shape for the next 10 year expected life.
God bless your efforts.

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There should be an eco button on the right side of the steering wheel.

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Replace the wires and plugs.

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Measure the voltage on the alternator. Should be about 14v. Then measure on the battery. If its not the same, then the wire from the alternator to the battery is open. Look for a 60 or 80A fuse in the fuse box. Run a heavy gauge wire from the alternator to the battery and see if the charging works.

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Please be more specific. I cannot tell what issues you are experiencing. Is the engine running rough? Misfiring, vibration, less performance than before? Is the Check Engine Light on?

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