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Old 04-23-2013, 02:04 AM   #1
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 200019
Join Date: Jan 2009
Chapter/Region: RMIC
Location: Highland Utah
2001 Impreza RS

Default 1998 outback Overheating/Unique need Help

I hope I have enough info to get some help.

1998 outback with 2.5
water pump and thermostat done about 50,000 miles ago while doing timing belt.

Started overheating, small hole in the radiator on the passenger side. I Left the car in a parking lot and came back 4 hours later. Not a lot of water/antifreeze to speak of on the ground. Maybe a 2 foot circle but not a lot of water there. I took the cap off and tried to fill the radiator. It only took about the equivalent of a can of soda (12oz?)

Jiffy Lube last month said my radiator cap did not hold proper pressure. (I did NOT get a new one)

I started to drive it again and as the car started to overheat I had the heater on and it did NOT blow any hot air. I turned the heater from cool to hot a couple times and it started blowing hot for a minute. This helped temporarily but the temp went back up, and it stopped blowing hot air.

I heard if you put it in neutral and pin the gas it can force the thermostat open(if that is the problem) I did that to no avail. It just made it hotter. (is that even true??? Can that really work?)

I pulled over and felt the top hose into the radiator, it did not feel like it had any pressure or water in it. The same thing with the hose under the car going to the water pump, no pressure. I'm assuming there had to be fluid in it but it really felt hallow or empty. I know this could not be the case per my radiator still has water in it. Again the leak that just appeared in the radiator is very small.

Outside of getting a new radiator and putting it in, can I get some advice on what could be the underlying issue or do you guys think this small leak is my issue?
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