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#7152 of 8644 Re: [ateixeira] Car overheating at 40,000 miles!
Sep 06, 2007 (7:00 am)
Yesterday my 2002 Outback with 40,000 miles on it stalled when I slowed down at an intersection. It started up immediately, then stalled again. Smoke began pouring out of the engine. I did a quick U-turn and within 30 seconds had the car off the road and turned off. I don't have the final damage estimate yet, but a trusted independent dealer said that it overheated, the radiator was cracked with a hole blown out at the top, under the cap, there was a bad head gasket, and the motor head warped. He saw it as an internal engine issue. It is at Subaru now, and I'm nervous after reading all the bad press about the HG problems. I bought the car used, two years ago, at 15,000, from the same dealership. I told them I was shocked. We'll see. Any advice? No previous problems and I just had it tuned up a month ago.
#7153 of 8644 Re: [ateixeira] Car overheating at 40,000 miles! [annie4]
Sep 06, 2007 (8:42 am)
Sounds like classic head gasket failure.
Work with the dealer first. It's important to be friendly to them. Call 800-SUBARU3 if you feel like they're not as helpful as you'd like. Open up a case number and all.
Some 2002s were covered by the extended warranty on the gaskets, as long as a coolant conditioner was added.
Since you bought the car used, the dealer should have added that before you took delivery. Let's keep our fingers crossed, but it sounds like yours will be covered.
#7154 of 8644 02 ob rough idle and code p0172
Sep 09, 2007 (3:30 pm)
My 02 outback has 84000 miles. It started to run very rough. then a week later the check engine light came on. trouble shot the code p0172. checked fuel pressure it is a little out of specifications but if i idle it up to where it should be pressures are good. what I am trying to find out is where do I go from here. I am wondering about the front o2 sensor, but there is not a code kicked for it yet. any ideas?
#7155 of 8644 Re: [ateixeira] Car overheating at 40,000 miles! [annie4] [ateixeira]
Sep 09, 2007 (6:03 pm)
You're right, but what I'd forgotten is I'd bought the $1,000 extended warranty, so it is costing me $50. I usually don't buy those kinds of things but I am so glad I did! Another question, though. I paid $400 to have a new radiator installed by the initial garage, before we knew how serious it was. Subaru has indicated they won't pay for that, but is an extended warranty ONLY if the car is serviced by Subaru? I'd love some clarification, as I'd love to get that $400 back.
#7156 of 8644 Re: [ateixeira] Car overheating at 40,000 miles! [annie4] [ateixeira] [annie4]
Sep 09, 2007 (6:16 pm)
Play up the part that you were stuck out in the middle of nowhere and needed the radiator fixed. They might spring for some of it but technically yeah you need to have it serviced by Subaru for them to cover it.
#7157 of 8644 Re: 02 ob rough idle and code p0172 [truckkiller]
Sep 10, 2007 (11:50 am)
Code means the Air/Fuel ratio is too rich.
Haven't seen that one before, though, sorry.
#7158 of 8644 Re: [ateixeira] Car overheating at 40,000 miles! [annie4] [ateixeira] [annie4]
Sep 10, 2007 (11:51 am)
Yeah, gotta agree with mike.
Your warranty even includes Roadside Assistance, so their response would be "why didn't you have it towed to the closest dealer since that would have been free?"
Call, though, and be real nice about it, tell them you have receipts and thought it was necessary.
From Subaru's perspective, though, the radiator may not have been bad in the first place.
#7159 of 8644 Re: [ateixeira] Car overheating at 40,000 miles! [annie4] [ateixeira] [ann
Sep 10, 2007 (4:16 pm)
I talked with them today and they are willing to review it, but I was within 75 miles of a Subaru dealer. I just hope they can figure out what happened and that nothing else goes wrong! Thanks for all your help.
#7160 of 8644 2 questions for 2001 subaru
Sep 10, 2007 (7:13 pm)
Greetings, it has been a long time since I been on the board. But hopefully the board can help withthe following questions:
1. When should the timing chain on the 3.0L Outbacks get changed? My outback has 102K on it now.
2. This is a problem that I encountered tonight> Son was parking the car in the garage and he accidently turn the car off in drive. After putting the car in park, he attempted to start it and it will crank but not start. Several more trys were not successful. I disconnected the battery to clear any potential faults in the OBDC, no success. I cI disconnected the fuel line to the filter and pressed on the accelerator but no fuel squirted out so I assume the fuel pump may have been damaged by this incorrect turn off. Any suggestions?
#7161 of 8644 Re: 2 questions for 2001 subaru [20llbean]
Sep 10, 2007 (7:53 pm)
Timing Chain IIRC never needs replacement.
That's odd, doubt it's the fuel-pump. But it's possible. If it were the shift interlock, I think it would not crank.