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Old 01-26-2010, 02:23 PM   #1
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Default Radiator Woos & A dealership

So last week I had my clutch replaced by the local subaru dealership, they also did an oil change, 55 miles later I was off on a road trip. 575ish miles later I'm on the side of the interstate with my wagon over heating. It was all the sudden not gradually and happened while boosting in 5th maintaining 78mph going up a hill. We got under the hood and never could find the leak or tell what the problem was. All the coolant had blown out and I was stuck.

I got a tow through the insurance to the dealership and they told me I had a cracked hose. Now 3 other people and myself all ran our hands over all the hoses looking for cracks and never found one. Not to say they aren't right b/c it was 2am on the side of an interstate. So the dealership orders the part, leak checks it and is now saying the radiator itself is leaking!! The lady at the office on the phone described it vaguely as being one of the nipples that a smaller line connects to being broken or something along those lines. She told me the mechanic was looking for a new radiator now.

Some how non of this seems quite right so I plan to ask them to hold on to and show me the defective parts when they call next. My questions are, do you think the dealership is jerking my chain? If it really is going to require a new radiator should I look for something other than an OEM? I dont think I should as this is my DD not a race car and I dont seem to recall many topics about people changing thieirs.

FYI: I'm currently running Cobb TBE stage 2 with the Cobb SRI, ACT Streetlight Clutch/Flywheel and have 87K miles on the car.
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