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Old 01-12-2009, 10:28 AM   #1
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Default I was expecting headgasket issues, do i need to replace the radiator?

Car: 2001 Forester automatic, 180k miles

I notice the car is leaking coolant, so i make an appointment to replace the coolant this coming week since it's probably due for that anyway. Car drives totally fine, belts squeek but i planned on having that fixed when i did the coolant.

Saturday night at my brother's house the car was leaking coolant badly and beginning to get a bit hot. Heater still blew hot.

Sunday morning, tried to make it home, car did not cooperate. Heater was blowing cold air and the car was getting hot fast. I pulled over immediately and let it cool....then the car wouldn't start due to my low battery. i had the car towed to the nearest shop.

Anyway, shop wants to replace:

coolant
radiator
thermostat
lower radiator hoses
battery
drive belts (for the squeek)

I was prepared to hear the word "headgasket" but i didn't expect the radiator?

i just want to be able to take the car to my local shop. The headgasket issues on 2000+ 2.5 motors are external anyway and not catastrophic right? Just replace the coolant and use the subaru additive? I'd be much more comfortable with my local shop working on the car since i know them.

- Andrew
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:24 PM   #2
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so after a little more research, maybe i do need a radiator....hmmm. too bad i'm 45 minutes away from the car

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Old 01-12-2009, 12:50 PM   #3
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did you mix the 2 bad kinds of coolant together? when they mix, it can turn into sludge. If it gets trapped somewhere, your water pump may be trying to push water into something that won't "go". So it may leak. if it leaks enough, there won't be enough coolant to get to the heater core, and also not enough to flow thru the block, hence overheating.

where is the leak coming from?
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:02 PM   #4
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I can't remember the coolant used.

Tech is telling me the leak is "where the metal meets the plastic" on the radiator. I'm not near the car. Not sure why i'd need a new t-stat.

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Old 01-12-2009, 02:30 PM   #5
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Replacing a radiator is very easy.
I can't imagine your stock hoses are busted up.
And replace the battery?

Wat?
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:32 PM   #6
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Think i can make it 35 miles home if they just replace the coolant (with the subaru contioner)?


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Old 01-12-2009, 02:44 PM   #7
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yeah, but then don't drive until you get that radiator fixed.
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:30 PM   #8
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hmmm....but does it sound like a radiator problem or just the standard headgasket issue?

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Old 01-13-2009, 11:23 AM   #9
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If that an original radiator, you did get alot of miles out of it.
I guess you have to weigh towing vs. getting it fixed on site. Got any buddies with a big enough truck to pull a rental car trailer from u-haul or penske?

If you can locate the failure/ crack, you might be able to just jb weld it temporarily, but running dry/hot/ etc you you really stress the heads.

I am amazed to see so many cold weather radiator failures, I guess it makes sense with the temps getting so low up north and the heat/ cooling cycles.
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:49 AM   #10
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Shop replaced the radiator, car runs perfectly again. I need to get over my mistrust of mechanics.

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