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Old 10-01-2012, 11:40 AM   #7
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2002 Subaru WRX
Platinum Silver Metallic


Originally Posted by tebriel View Post
Your guy is quoting extremely cheap for those two replacements. Like unrealistically low.

Did you have your timing belt done yet?

You can do a leakdown test to see if coolant is leaking internally - but you should be seeing white smoke. If it's leaking externally check for drops under your car. A common symptom of headgasket failure is overheating when you're on the highway, and then temps coming down when you're coming to a stop.
Yes, timing belt was done following the maintenance schedule. Can you elaborate on what you think a realistic price should be? I was able to find the parts online for close to the $280 he's quoting. Is the $300 service the unrealistic part?

I'll look into the leakdown test, but I'm not seeing any smoke. In fact, the only evidence of a problem I'm seeing at all is the temperature gauge skyrocketing, and it does not come down at a stop. No drops of coolant under the car.
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