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Old 01-21-2012, 09:31 PM   #1
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I have a 05 rs, and yesterday I was venturing home in the snow/ice and lost control and hit a curb. My fog light bulb burned out and my wheels are slightly out of alignment, but my main concern is my car is starting to overheat ever so slightly. Its happening at low speeds, and when sitting still. Cruising is fine, especially with the heat on. Does anyone know what my problem may be?
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:14 AM   #2
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Check the fans. One of the electrical connections may have come undone or a wire may have broke.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
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That's what I'm thinking. I can't hear them turn on when sitting still.
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:51 PM   #4
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So after 2 weeks, I've had no problems, and its been cold so I've had heat/defrosters on all the time. but Tonight I got a little warm in my car so I turned the defroster/foot heat off and came to a red light. I was talking to my friend in the car next to me, and I looked to see my temp rising. I turned the heat and defrosters back on and it stopped climbing when it hit the 3/4 slash mark. Once I started to accelerate again the temp dropped back to normal so I drove with the defrosters on all night again and it didn't happen again.
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Other than listening for the fans, have you done any actual troubleshooting or investigation? Have you popped the hood to see if the fans are cycling properly while the car is stationary? Is the radiator fully topped off? Does the overflow reservoir have the correct amount of fluid in it when the engine is hot and when the engine is cold?
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Radiator cap isn't getting pressurized. Fans come on when it reaches temperature. Did a leak test, not leaking. My head gasket appears to be leaking oil.
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And head gaskets appear to be leaking oil
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As Pat alluded to, your overheating may be from an air bubble in the cooling system. But how did the air bubble get there? If the issue is indeed air in the coolant, it could be from the radiator cap or head gasket.

Or your oil leak may be incidental.
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I'm thinking it may be the illusive head gasket.
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I'm thinking it may be the illusive head gasket.
Maybe, but maybe not. Our '99 Forester has had seeping external leakage from both sides for a few years now with no temp issues. It's gotten so bad I'm worried about the oil getting onto the exhaust, but no overheat/air in the system.
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