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Old 03-31-2004, 10:38 AM   #1
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So i start driving this morning to work and after about 3-5mins there is no heat yet my needle is at normal temps...i'm like what the hell...so i start thinking things could be wrong with my heat exchanger or something heater based...3 more mins of driving go by and no change in the needle, yet still no heat...start to get on the freeway and it just starts shooting up, luckily there is an exit right there and i got off before it reached more than 3/4 way up...it finished climbing and I idled off the exit ramp and took some back streets home where it never reached over 3/4 and the heat finally started to get warmer...by the time i had gotten home the needle was at normal levels but as soon as i got on it, it would slowly creep up again...what do you guys think it is?

I'm going to check coolant levels when it cools down here, also i have a spare thermostat and am going to swap that in, could it be the water pump($$$)? Going to check my oil for water too...grrr maybe head gasket leak at 74k finally got me...
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Old 03-31-2004, 11:24 AM   #2
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go outside and check coolant level, it is out of sight but is instantly full as i start pouring, let it settle won't take anymore water...although i never see green coolant just the clear i poured in, hmm...Start it up and let it get warm, sure enough there isn't flow after it gets warmed up, cold water in the radiator, hot block...so time to swap the thermostat...can anyone tell me the in/outs of head gasket failure? I'm a little concerned my coolant is missing...
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:18 PM   #3
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heya mikey...
very very very likely it's h.gaskets....
that's exactly what my GT did when the HG/Shortblock blew.

get it to mike @ smart and have him do a hydracarbon test.
dont waste your time w/a nasty thermostat swap.

just get it tested and find out for certain.

good luck
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Old 03-31-2004, 01:16 PM   #4
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just did the thermostat swap and noticed some not so nice things while i was down there...oh gee what is that wet spot on the driver side head gasket area!!...mother ****er...how much is this going to cost me?...73800mi and another hg failure, don't have the time or money for this crap...

took it for a drive and it holds slightly above where it was before, but it holds...also as i got back in the driveway i look under and notice it dripping once every 2 sconds...sweet....i'm so happy right now...

not to mention is just got he recall notice like a 2 weeks ago and haven't had time to go to the dealer to have the stopleak put in....
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Old 03-31-2004, 01:38 PM   #5
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mikey i'll pm you with some options/solution
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Old 03-31-2004, 03:15 PM   #6
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well after an hour of waiting i finally got the recall performed on my car and the h.g. isn't leaking anymore...my temp needle still sits a little higher (.5mm) than before but perhaps that is due to the replacement thermostat(although a subaru replacement part) So we'll see what happens with this thing...until then i'm rolling around with a gallon of water in my trunk...
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good luck dooooood... hope it works.

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