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shazapple
11-07-2005, 08:59 PM
Had to go rescue my mom from the side of the road, good thing I brought along extra coolant and water.

Couldnt figure out why the coolant I added wasnt sucking in from the resevoir, then I realised the radiator was stone cold :shock:

The car is definitly leaking onto the exaust, dont see any oil in the coolant though (not that there was any!)

Just wondering the possibilities. Its a 2000 Outback. Since its (most likely) an exterior leak will stop leak work? (I dont know if they added it or not...) Warranty coverage? (it has 65k km) Any advice would be appreciated!

JjSwee
11-07-2005, 09:28 PM
That sucks. Maybe the thermometer is stuck closed?

Wiscon_Mark
11-07-2005, 09:32 PM
check the t-stat....its a cheap fix

shazapple
11-07-2005, 10:52 PM
Wouldnt be the thermostat. Once I got more coolant into the radiator the temp was fine. Its more where the coolant is going, and how to stop it.

gil_ong81
11-07-2005, 10:58 PM
looks like you might have to throw it up on stands and run the engine until the coolant circulates. then GINGERLY crawl under the mother (not a pun) and snoop around.

might a dab of JB Weld fix a leak like that it's it isn't too big?

JjSwee
11-07-2005, 11:07 PM
Haha, thermometer... I meant thermostat.

So is it that the fluid just isnt returning to the radiator?

shazapple
11-07-2005, 11:13 PM
The coolant isnt returning to the radiator because its leaking out of the head gasket (Im 99.9% sure its the HG, because thats the common problem on these 2.5L engines)

Either
A) I put stop leak in the coolant and it fixes it (Not sure if it will work, I think it depends on whether the leak in internal or external)
B) Replace the HG myself, uggg!
C) Warranty/recall applies and Subaru does it for free (unlikely!)

gil_ong81
11-07-2005, 11:13 PM
So is it that the fluid just isnt returning to the radiator?

there's no collant left in the radiator, i.e., it's dry. the collant has leaked out onto the exhaust.

shazapple
11-09-2005, 06:53 PM
ok, went to the dealership and they changed the coolant and added a stop leak (it was actually a recall that was never done) We will see how it goes

OUTBACKWBEER!
11-10-2005, 02:04 AM
You mean the coolant conditioner...right? You should add at every coolant service! It's $1.93 fix(fromthe dealer!!!) WOW!

gil_ong81
11-10-2005, 09:39 AM
You mean the coolant conditioner...right? You should add at every coolant service! It's $1.93 fix(fromthe dealer!!!) WOW!

no. there's conditioner, and that there's sealant.