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Old 09-29-2001, 08:27 PM   #1
MekoNY
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Default overheating.........help!!!

About 3 months ago coming back from a buddies house, I ended up driving through a large, deep mud puddle which scraped my lower bumper and plastic shield covering the engine. It was a dirt road so the ditch was hard to spot at night. A week later my CEL came on and the dealer told me that the code was telling them the car had been "submerged in water". I figured it must have been from that very large puddle cause the mechanic commented on how muddy the car was from underneath. So he suggested I get a new Thermostat and then reset the CEL.
Ever since then, my car's temp gauge has started to rise to HOT after sitting in traffic for long periods of time. Sometimes I have to turn on the heat and vent the cabin in order for the temp to drop. For some reason, my engine fan is not coming on. Could this be a fuse or the thermostat?? Two days ago the CEL came on again so now I'm back to square one. I've tried resetting the CEL myself but it hasn't worked. Before I go back to the dealer.........what do you guys suggest?
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Old 09-29-2001, 10:38 PM   #2
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Do the simple things first - replace the thermostat again (sometimes they're just bad...). Then unplug the fan motor and run a voltmeter to the engine side of the connector, turn your AC on, and wait for the thermostat to open - then see if you're getting voltage to the fan motor. Beyond that, it's possible you crimped your lower radiator hose, though I kinda doubt that given where it's located. Or you may need to flush the radiator. When's the last time you changed the coolant?
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Old 09-30-2001, 10:53 PM   #3
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you damaged the fan motor or thermostat. HTH
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Old 09-30-2001, 11:31 PM   #4
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Default damnnnnnn......

It sucks that one wrong turn might possibly cost me big. I thought Subies were tougher then this.....oh well, I guess it's time to visit the dealer. I hate taking time out of my day to rectify a problem I caused. Hopefully, it's just the thermostat or crimped hose.
One more thing, I just turned ON my A/C this weekend and it seems to be not working either. The fan blows air but nothing remotely cold, just air. It's probably the condenser. Just one more thing to add to the list of problems. This sucks.
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Old 09-30-2001, 11:53 PM   #5
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Are you loosing any oil? Is your coolant rising at all??
Hve you been on any longer rides where you might over heat?
I had a similar problem with overheating but no CEL. It turned out mine was a clogged radiator. The coolant just wasn't getting through. I tried a flush and new thermostat but neither worked.
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Old 10-01-2001, 04:55 PM   #6
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Wow, guess that must have been a nasty hit.

Or just a rather unlucky one.

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Old 10-01-2001, 06:55 PM   #7
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Default it was a nasty hit.........

after I hit it I just kept driving thinking nothing was really wrong. My steering was ok and nothing felt out of the ordinary. However, the next day when I woke up, I saw all the mud caked on my lower bumper and fogs. My right front fender was also bent a little out of wack. I just pushed on it and it conformed back to it's shape. The pic above looks very accurate to what I drove through except it was pitch dark outside and I hit it an angle HARD!!
I never experience overheating on long trips or short trips around town, just on my way to work when the traffic is REALLY backed up. When I see the needle starting to rise close to RED, I just turn my heat on and it immediatly drops back to normal.
I hope my dealer checks everything you guys suggested. I don't want to pay through the nose, but I might have to on this one.
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Old 10-02-2001, 04:01 AM   #8
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dunno about scoobies, but the fan controller on my old car always went out; it was controlled by the thermostat, but something was goofy. Turning on my heater or my A/C cooled it down though (the a/c being on turned on the rad fans, counteracting the normal temp rise with a/c)
only ever noticed it crawling in traffic; hell, you don't even need a water pump if you're going fast enough
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Old 10-02-2001, 10:08 PM   #9
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ummmmmmmm...suggestion....I had this problem in a old truck I used to own...I would Reccomend going to the car wash..and pressure washing your Radiator....Reason...You might have clogged the cooling fins up with mud not allowing sufficient air flow "Thru" the radiator...Thats what happened to me...Clogged Solid...Ran Fine on long distances but in stop and Go...the needle would boil...Once I cleaned the Radiator...Perfect...Anyways...Hope that helps...

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