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I have a 1996 Subaru Legacy with a 2.5l has been overheating randomly and I thought that the thermostat was starting to hang up. When I looked in the overflow bottle there was an oily substance inside the bottle. I believe that maybe I will have to replace the head gaskets and am told this is a common problem with these engines...what do you think?

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    solarstarene Mar 05, 2011

    Is there any water in your oil? It would be a milky, gray color?

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    solarstarene Mar 06, 2011

    Can you describe what you mean by overheating randomly, are you losing water? Do you know how to bleed the cooling system. And is there water in the oil? Let me know. thanks

  • murlpriestle Mar 15, 2011

    there is no water in the oil...the oil is in the coolant. It overheats on the freeway and any time it chooses rhyme or reason to when



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Ok, there might be just one issue or a couple. Head gasket or cracked head or engine block, usually though if it was this the coolant would be in oil. Please try to answer each of these questions, are you losing coolant? Do you know how to bleed the cooling system? If this is a automatic, check the trans. fluid level, you may have a trans. cooler leak inside the radiator. Did you replace the thermostat, it is at the end of the bottom hose and easy and cheap to do. Make sure you bleed the system if you do this. If you do not know how to bleed it, get back to me and I will walk you through it. And by the way if the trans fluid is cloudy looking, then there may be water in it from the radiator. Ok, get back to me when you can, thanks, Andy

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