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  1. Hi, It's my first post on here, was wondering if anyone had any thoughts or ideas on best steps to take with the situation I'm in. I have a 59' reg (2010) Outback with the 3.6 EZ36 engine and I live in Aviemore, Scotland. I bought the car a couple of years back with 67k miles, 5k later the coolant light began to illuminate intermittently, this got worse to the point where it was flashing (indicating to pull over let the engine cool). The local garage carried out a pressure test, which came back fine, I proceeded to take it to the Dealer in Inverness who told me it's likely that the head gasket has gone; the dealer's initial price estimate for HG replacement is roughly £4000! I've yet to enquire with the local garage to see if they're able to do this, yet alone come up with a price estimate (they had to order a pressure testing kit for their initial check). I'm thinking I ought to try some liquid Head Gasket Sealer to see if that works first, but assuming it doesn't work and the local garage can't do the job, I'll be left to decide whether I get rid of the car or stick £000s into it (I originally bought it for £13k) Just for context, the journey from Inverness back into Aviemore has left me feeling uncomfortable driving any distant more than a few miles at a time due to having to pull over so often to let the engine cool, so I'll probably have to organise transport for the car to take it anywhere in the future. If anyone can recommend a Subaru/Japanese Car specialist that's not too far away it would be greatly appreciated; also if anyone has any experience with these or other Subaru engines with HG issues any advice would also be terrific 🙂 Thanks, Sam
  2. 2000 forester, 58000 miles,N/A Had this car for just over 2.5yrs, when first got it it was over heating so bought all the gaskets/timing belt etc as suspected HG failure, turned out to be a blocked radiator. However on a recent 120m trip to Lincolnshire I had to stop 3 times as it was showing 92c -102c on the digital temp gauge that I had fitted when I did the radiator, the temp gauge on the dash did not go any higher than the middle position. The expansion tank was full to the point of overflowing, I let it cool down then siphoned the coolant off and topped up the radiator. I decided to remove the stat before the return journey just in case it was faulty. On the return journey I kept a very close eye on the temp and pulled over when ever it hit 90c, I let it cool down and siphoned off and topped up plus added some more. Had to do this 5 times, I could travel approx 20 miles before haveing to stop. When ever I removed the rad cap there was a fair bit of pinky white froth, I use a red coolant. To help with cooling I was running with controls on full heat and max fan speed plus A/C on so rad fans were running. I noticed that when it was getting near to the time to stop the vents blew cold air, then when looked under bonnet the expansion tank was full, rad cap appears to be working ok as it is letting the pressurised coolant out. By the way there is no white smoke out of tail pipe. I surmise that a HG has gone so I'm looking for recommendations for independent mechanics within a 100 mile radius of gloucester that would be able to do it useing the parts I have sitting gathering dust. TIA
  3. Hello everyone.. Im hoping someone can maybe shed some light on my situation that ive lived with for months. Ive a 2.5 Hawkeye 2007. My car overheats badly, it forces me to pullover wherever i am, switch the engine off and once cooled, top up with water. Ive discovered a pattern, it seems that the car will over heat when I'm pushing it, driving hard, OR, driving at a constant speed of 80mph ish.. I had someone say that it was my head gasket but ive checked for hydrocarbons and I'm confident its not that. Im now struggling to figure out the issue.. is it radiator related? Thermostat? When Its overheating, ill switch the engine off, but keep ignition on, I can hear the fans kick in until it reaches usual temp. Any info on this would be greatly appreciated. thank you !! Scott
  4. Hi guys, I am a newbie Legacy owner and recently came into issues with my Blue Arrow (Legacy B4 RS 2001 2.0 automatic JDM). The car started to overheat and then white smoke came from the bonnet. The coolant reservoir was empty so after topping it up and letting the car cool for 7 hours I set of for home hoping I was just negligent with the coolant and the same thing happened - overheating, smoke and reservoir low on coolant. Couldn't really tell from where the smoke was coming but it was from the water pump area. Now the whole engine is covered with antifreeze. I've checked the radiator hose for cracks and leaks and it looks fine. Does anyone know what might be the issue? If it's the pump, should the timing belt and all the pulleys be changed with the pump? Can someone give a recommendation for which garage can do a proper job in Stevenage.