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Old 12-01-2012, 11:06 AM   #426
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I have a 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0 base 5k miles. I don't even have the car for a year and the coolant level is at low. I stopped at my subaru dealership and he said they have the super blue for $28.00 a gallon. He told me I have to use the subaru brand. So I have to top it off since it is low. Is there anywhere online I can get the super blue cheaper? Is it odd that its already low within less than a year?
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:24 AM   #427
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It shouldn't be low after a year. Sounds like a leak or something else going on. Need to find out what's happening. It could be simple like a pressure cap problem or a problem with your overflow. Top off both the expansion take and over flow. Check your expansion tank first thing in the morning before driving and see if it's full or not. It should be full with no air bubble. I had an air bubble in the morning, a new pressure cap fixed it.

You should use either the Super Blue or Beck Arnley 252-1501U Blue Premium Extended Life. It's compatible with Super Blue and meets Subaru specifications. I suspect it might be the same thing. I paid $17 for the Beck Arnley at BAP. Go to the Beck Arnley website to find out who sells it.

Also call around to different dealers if possible. Another one might have a lower price. Also Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Suzuki use the same coolant. Just make sure it's a factory coolant and is blue blue and not the green one that has to be diluted.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:31 AM   #428
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You need to fill out your profile. Would make it easier for someone to help you. I just checked, I can special order the Beck Arnley into my local Oreilley's for $24.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:54 AM   #429
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I checked the coolant while the car sat overnight, it is below the low level mark. I've checked around there is no visable signs of a leak. I'm going to fill it and monitor the levels to see if goes down anymore. If it does I will call the dealership.

I contacted the subaru dealer and he told me $28 for a gallon so I may just go with that for now.

I think it's odd hat I've had the car for a year and it's already empty.
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:19 AM   #430
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The car is still under power train warranty. The dealer should find and fix the problem at no cost to you. A car shouldn't use any coolant at all.

If the dealer isn't cooperative, either go to another dealer or call Subaru of America.
Their number is 1-800-782-2783
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:29 AM   #431
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If your coolant level drops again I'd suggest asking the dealer to pressure test your cooling system and pressure cap. Also check the hose to your overflow tank. Make sure it's not leaking. Also check that your overflow tank hasn't developed a leak.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:11 AM   #432
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Tonight I noticed a few drops of coolant on the garage floor, and after some "detective " work found out that that the radiator cap is missing from my dad's 2010 Forester. We probably drove it like that for a few days. How bad is this gor the engine? Am I safe to drive the car to the dealership without the cap?

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Old 12-27-2012, 09:59 AM   #433
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No problemo as long as the car doesn't overheat. No need for the dealership, just go to any auto parts store and get a cap.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:05 AM   #434
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No problemo as long as the car doesn't overheat. No need for the dealership, just go to any auto parts store and get a cap.
I drove it last night (before I discovered the missing cap) and it didn't seem to overheat. Would that "blue light" just become red if the car overheats because the new Foresters don't have the normal gauge?
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:47 PM   #435
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Thanks for all your help. I got my radiator installed and got all the air out without a hitch.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:44 AM   #436
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I recently had to replace my timing cover due to my AC idler pulley shaft stripping off the nut and sending the pulley into my timing cover like a Chinese throwing star. Any way I disconnected my upper radiator hose and plugged it and the radiator with a clean shop rag so I wouldn't lose so much coolant. I did lose around a 1/2 quart. When I finished I realized I left the coolant at my friends garage so I just let the car idle and drove it with no over heating or problems. Do I need to replace the lost coolant and bleed/burp the system. The core still looks full FYI. This is an 04 Sti.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:12 AM   #437
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I recently had to replace my timing cover due to my AC idler pulley shaft stripping off the nut and sending the pulley into my timing cover like a Chinese throwing star. Any way I disconnected my upper radiator hose and plugged it and the radiator with a clean shop rag so I wouldn't lose so much coolant. I did lose around a 1/2 quart. When I finished I realized I left the coolant at my friends garage so I just let the car idle and drove it with no over heating or problems. Do I need to replace the lost coolant and bleed/burp the system. The core still looks full FYI. This is an 04 Sti.
I would bleed/burp the system just to make sure there are no air pockets in it. I've also bled/burped the system just because I've heard gargling on startup though, so it might just be my compulsiveness kicking in lol
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:03 AM   #438
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After a complete rebuild on a 2.5 with multi layer head gaskets, I refilled with the new blue subaru super coolant. Should I be adding the subaru conditioner?
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:38 AM   #439
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The Subaru conditioner is a good product. It does an excellent job of sealing small leaks. My original radiator cracked (5 inch crack) and the conditioner really slowed the leakage. There was a stream of coolant that it stopped. And it didn't clog the radiator. I know because I took the radiator apart later.

There was an End Wrench article about the conditioner. Subaru started recommending it for the 2.5 liter engines back around 2004 or so because of a head gasket problem. They were leaking coolant to the outside of the engine. Subaru also extended the cooling system warranty on the affected cars to 100,000 miles or 10 years if the conditioner was used when coolant was changed according to the maintenance schedule.

When I replaced my radiator I flushed my engine seven times with distilled water and put the blue Subaru super coolant in, and a bottle of conditioner. I figured it couldn't hurt.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:18 PM   #440
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When is the best time to check for coolant level? When my engine is cold, it is exactly at the MIN level and when hot it is right between MIN and MAX.

Quite concerned if this is normal for a brand new car.

Unrelated to coolant but I noticed the air condition condensate drips after driving. Is there a way to stop this? Can't imagine it'd be good for XX years in the future.
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:30 AM   #441
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When is the best time to check for coolant level? When my engine is cold, it is exactly at the MIN level and when hot it is right between MIN and MAX.

Quite concerned if this is normal for a brand new car.

Unrelated to coolant but I noticed the air condition condensate drips after driving. Is there a way to stop this? Can't imagine it'd be good for XX years in the future.
Don't worry about either.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:55 AM   #442
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Need to replace coolant on my '05 Baja (90K), probably buy a gallon of that Beck Blue and do it myself. I do need to replace my hoses, any brand preference there? Gates... Goodyear... all about the same price. Gates says "requires sleeve" what does that mean?
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:11 PM   #443
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Default coolant system question

Hello,

I recently swapped out all of my hoses and replaced my thermostat. For the most part, I followed the FAQ for the proper burping procedures when filling the system. I did make one small change and I wanted to know if the system would correct itself.

Basically, when I was refilling my coolant system (2002 wrx) I didn't have a spare bucket to pre-mix the concentrated coolant with 1 gallon of distilled water. Instead, I poured 1/2 of the concentrated coolant in the reservoir tank and the rest into the filler tank by the intercooler. I then put in the subaru coolant conditioner and almost 1 gallon of distilled water. So starting out, my water to coolant ratio is like 75/25 instead of 50/50. My engine heats up quickly, but it has not gone a tick mark above nominal temp.

I thought that as I drove, the coolant in the reservoir tank would mix in with the rest of the system. Given time, would the system naturally "correct itself" by mixing in the coolant from the reservoir as the 75/25 coolant evaporates? If not, I suppose I would have to dump everything in a bucket, mix it, and then repour it back in the system? :s
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:04 PM   #444
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You wanna only put fluid to the low mark in the reservoir. When the engine is cold. That's the level
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:26 PM   #445
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Decided to buy Peak Global Lifetime since it's on sale at Pepboys for $5.50! Ordered the Subaru conditioner at Amazon $8.32 free shipping.

How difficult is replacing upper and lower hoses? Last dealer oil change told me they were cracked and needed replacing. I ordered Gates from Amazon, planning on a radiator weekend.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:32 AM   #446
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You wanna only put fluid to the low mark in the reservoir. When the engine is cold. That's the level
That I understand, but I think my question got lost in translation. I am wondering if the 25/75 (coolant/water) mixture I have will eventually even out to 50/50 with the 100% coolant from the reservoir tank. Mainly, will my current 25/75 mixture evaporate out of the overflow hose and will be replaced with the 100% mixture from the reservoir tank?
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:36 AM   #447
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Decided to buy Peak Global Lifetime since it's on sale at Pepboys for $5.50! Ordered the Subaru conditioner at Amazon $8.32 free shipping.

How difficult is replacing upper and lower hoses? Last dealer oil change told me they were cracked and needed replacing. I ordered Gates from Amazon, planning on a radiator weekend.
It takes like 15 minutes. 10 or so of that is waiting for the coolant to drain out. Once the system is drained, the hoses are an easy swap.
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:18 PM   #448
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FWIW, I have used this O'Reilly brand pre mixed coolant in my 00 Legacy w/ subaru coolant conditioner for some time and have had zero issues with it. Should save a few bucks since it meets all of the same specs as Subaru brand and Peak.

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...0496&ppt=C0059
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:27 PM   #449
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So i have deleted my upper coolant tank because i run a oil cooled turbo.

My problem is this.

My system has been bled of all air. What happens is when the car is cold the upper rad hose will collapse.

This is with using the stock 137kpa cap on the radiator.

What i tried now is using the upper tanks 108kpa and letting it cool to see what happens.

Remember i have deletes the upper tank and the hose collapses when the moto cools down and is cold.
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:31 AM   #450
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seeing that i don't know which coolant is currently in the system, should I have it flushed or can i just top off with any?
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