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#6909 of 19336 Re: 2001 Forester - Running Hot [starrman]
Aug 14, 2006 (5:33 am)
Simple answer: your dealer is terrible.
"Ran it for two hours" -- does that mean they let it idle? With no load on it, a car with a blown headgasket probably would not run hot.
You have the classic Subaru blown head gasket. Under load, combustion gasses escape past the head gasket and force coolant out. (>100 psi vs. 13psi... no contest)
At 115,000 miles, I'd be tempted to find a lower mileage engine from a salvage yard. The all-aluminum engine does not handle overheating very well and you said it has hit H (past red) a few times. You could continue to blow headgaskets after this repair due to warping.
#6910 of 19336 Re: 2001 Forester - Running Hot [locke2c]
Aug 14, 2006 (6:33 am)
Colin - Thank you so much for this answer. I had read of this problem on the forum; but the Subaru Dealer gave me mixed signals and I wasted about $300 there. My local mechanic was on the right track.
My last Question - how much $'s for a new head gasket and would you recommend any additional work at the same time. I paid $6k for the car and cannot afford to junk it. I got screwed.
#6911 of 19336 Re: 2001 Forester - Running Hot [starrman]
Aug 14, 2006 (11:51 am)
That sounds about right. I'd bet anything that this problem was known to the seller and that person sluffed the problem on you. My vote is for a thorough flogging of that individual.
If you have a shop repair, probably looking at $1800. But, like Colin suggested, overheating can be bad for those aluminum heads and, if the heads are warped, the problem could be a recurring one.
#6912 of 19336 Re: 2001 Forester - Running Hot [xwesx]
Aug 14, 2006 (8:34 pm)
When my HG went, my mechanic did a pressure test on the cooling system to verify the HG problem.
He also had the heads milled and tested for flatness before re-installing the heads.
#6913 of 19336 Re: it's time [hammerhead]
Aug 15, 2006 (6:04 am)
ok .. the final job included the camshaft belt, both drive belts, and an oil change .. for $350.00
the water pump appeared in good working order with no leaks, etc., so they didn't do that now ... no extra labor charge for the 2 drive belts...
I'm ok with that ..
#6914 of 19336 94 Legacy bucks while driving, also suspicious clicking noise
Aug 15, 2006 (10:13 am)
My 94 legacy wagon with 208k miles has been bucking while driving. It began to buck yesterday, but it was intermitent and hardly noticable. This was combined with the car sometimes stalling out at intersections. It has been getting gradually worse and today the bucks were pretty dramatic (they seem to happen at all speeds), but still intermitent. However, this morning my car did not stall on me. The identical problem happened a while back (two months or so) and it culumnated with severe bucking as i accelerated from a sttoplight. I pulled into a parking lot and looked things over. I found nothing and the problem seemed to completely disappear as soon as i started driving again. That is, until yesterday.
Combined with the bucking there is an intermitent clicking noise that seems to be coming from under the engine compartment which is rapid but fairly faint in nature. Not sure if the two are related.
Could this be an electrical problem?? Or could it be water in the gas tank? Something else? Any ideas? Thanks.
#6915 of 19336 Cooling system problem
Aug 15, 2006 (1:33 pm)
Our 2001 Forester blows coolant into the overflow reservoir (more than normal) under highway driving conditions, no flow back when cool, leaving fluid in radiator below tops of tubes. Head gaskets were replaced last year with new type (result of HG recall), problem started right after replacement. First act was to replace radiator cap, no improvement. Today, we replicated the situation but dealer test did NOT find hydrocarbons in coolant/radiator. Problem does not occur at less than 65 mph. Dealer is stumped. Any suggestions? Thanks!
#6916 of 19336 Re: 94 Legacy bucks while driving, also suspicious clicking noise [u_r_a_bu
Aug 15, 2006 (2:42 pm)
A few years back, I was having a similar problem with my 2001 Forester. My car is a 5 speed, and the sensation was similar to that of someone who didn't know how to drive a stick not letting the clutch out smoothly. It turned out to be the coil pack, which had caused a spark plug wire to go bad and the corresponding plug to foul. The coil pack, wires and plugs were changed, and that solved that problem.
Check that coil pack!
Hope this helps.
#6917 of 19336 Legacy Wagon experiencing shock shifting
Aug 15, 2006 (6:43 pm)
I am getting desparate to find an answer to a problem I am experiencing with my 1999 Subaru Legacy wagon. For the last 2 years I have experienced an intermittent problem (getting much worse lately). Very often the car will upshift very roughly from 2nd to 3rd, and 3rd to 4th gears. By 'rough' I mean it will go to 3000 or 4000 rpms before it 'slams' into the next gear. Also, when cruising on the highway in 4th gear at 60 mph the car will suddenly downshift to 3rd gear (almost sending me thru the windshield)!
Some facts are: The problem first appeared after an accident in which I was broadsided on the driver-side front door. Also, I used to be able to make the problem go away by shutting off the ignition and re-starting the vehicle. That does not seem to work any more. Also, this problem is always preceded by the A/T Temperature light blinking on the dashboard. The dealer does not seem to be able to diagnose the problem. I took the vehicle to an independant transmission shop and they confirm that there is nothing mechanically wrong with the transmission. They feel that it is a 'computer problem".
Anybody have any ideas???
#6918 of 19336 Re: Cooling system problem [scoutaz]
Aug 15, 2006 (7:05 pm)
Check the seat of the radiator where the rubber part of the radiator cap sits. If it's not smooth, it draws air instead of coolant. This is also means there is no overpressure so the boiling coolant flows into the overflow tank. Lastly, it means you need a new radiator.
Yes, I've been there...