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Old 12-21-2003, 03:20 PM   #1
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Unhappy New Subie sooner than later?

No heat coming home from Mom's house just now. Then the temp guage went through the roof. I pulled over. Coolant is cool but the overflow reservoir is empty. And making gurgle sounds. And there is coolant splatter all around it. And the thermostat is only 6 months old.


76,0000 miles on a Phase I EJ25(cue JAWS theme). I'm going to go add some filtered water to it and see what happens.
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Old 12-21-2003, 03:30 PM   #2
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Was the radiator hot? Sounds like a stuck thermostat if ya ask me. Did you use the oem one or an auto parts store one?
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Old 12-21-2003, 03:36 PM   #3
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OEM. Nothing's hot. It took a LOT of water, though. It would probably take more, but I don't want to keep adding freezable water without getting some antifreeze in there, if it is truly that low. I wonder just how much I lost there around the reservoir.
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Old 12-21-2003, 03:42 PM   #4
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headgaskets... how do I know? been there...

it's not a stuck thermostat, I was told that, as were many others. I went into denial when people told me it was the headgaskets. Just suck it up and accept it... sorry man


what happens is air travels from inside the cylinder thru the leak on the headgasket, out into the coolant passage. this pressurizes the coolant, forcing it out of the block. it sends it into the over flow tank, and then sprays it out of the overflow tank all over the engine bay. this happened to me about once every two months at first, then happened about once a month, then once a week, then everytime I drove the car.




you can see the tear in the headgasket in the lower left hand corner. that little tear is where all the air travels through.

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Old 12-21-2003, 03:46 PM   #5
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Ughh....



As long as it hangs in for 2 more weeks, I'll pay someone to put the car back to stock and then trade it in. I was about to do that anyways (March or April).
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Old 12-21-2003, 03:49 PM   #6
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it should hang for 2 weeks, I drove mine for a few months (boosted) on blown headgaskets...


good luck man... sucks to hear about it
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Old 12-21-2003, 03:55 PM   #7
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I'll drive wifey's OB this week, that should help. Then we're off to TX for a few days. 1st week of January I'll be in a position to put it in the shop for reversion to stock (struts, springs, exhaust).

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Old 12-21-2003, 05:58 PM   #8
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struts and shocks are the same thing you mean springs?
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Old 12-21-2003, 06:05 PM   #9
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Yeesh. That was the install from Hades, no chance I'd get those 2 things confused. fixed.
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Old 12-22-2003, 01:48 AM   #10
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Could be the water pump. It's harder to tell on these engines though. Can you see any leakage anywhere? Any sign of a drip, or steaming? Did you check the oil to verify if it the headgasket? Broken hose?

And now the biggie... how fast were you going? My fan fuse blew last week, and I boiled over. It was only because the fans weren't moving, and I wasn't going fast enough to cool the radiator. Replaced the fuse, and all is good. But it LOOKED like a headgasket issue.
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Old 12-22-2003, 01:51 AM   #11
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Ughh....



As long as it hangs in for 2 more weeks, I'll pay someone to put the car back to stock and then trade it in. I was about to do that anyways (March or April).
I'll put it back to stock for you, if I can keep the strut assemblies..
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Old 12-22-2003, 02:52 AM   #12
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I was having the same problem. Fine for the longest time, then overheating. First it was low on coolant, so I put some more in. Then there was bubbles coming up in the overflow tank. Replaced almost everything in the coolant system, then came to the sad conclusion that it is the gaskets. I have been driving with them like that (under boost) for just over two months now. I have all the parts, just haven't had the time. I am going to replace them this upcoming week though. I will post a picture of what mine look like then.

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Old 12-22-2003, 08:31 AM   #13
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Speed- I was going slow, varying between 15 to 40 mph, mostly 25mph or so.....I noticed the fans weren't running when I was out there checking it later....hmmmmmm.


As for the suspension bits, you might have yourself a deal there, bud. Lemme think about that one.
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Old 12-22-2003, 08:55 AM   #14
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I found that at 25mph on the capital beltway, I was heating up pretty good. I had to be going about 40 and over to get good cooling, without the fans working.

Go turn your A/C on and see if at least 1 fan comes on. If not, check the fuse. That might be the entire problem there.
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