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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-21-2013, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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96' Overheating

I've got a 96' Outback 2.5L with 135,000 Miles. I had to phurchase a new radiator at 134,000 miles after cracking. I was in trafic the other day and it started to over heat. The gauge went 3/4ths of the way and went back to 4/10 when I starte to drive again. I thought at first it was a fluke but it did it again in my drive way going into reverse. I noticed for awhile now there has been white smoke comming out of my tail pipe. The issue hasn't really been bad until I noticed the smell of coolant boiling Saturday. I looked under the hood and noticed that my reserve tank was nearly empty after filling it up the week before. I know my fans work just fine I know for sure my radiator is good its brand new. All I can rule is a thermostat and a dreaded head gasket. If it is a head I do have a warrenty that runs out in a month should I make good use of it now or replace the thermostat and see if the issue continues?

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If your head gaskets have never been done, you're at the miles where it's gonna come up.
Does your coolant res. smell like exhaust? Have you ever had it checked out on a lift, where you can see the bottom side of the motor?

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White smoke is water burning.
Blue smoke is oil.
Black smoke is fuel.

If the white smoke was coming out the tailpipe, its head gasket time. Have the head thoroughly checked for cracks. Its rare, but if the engine overheats enough, its possible.
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My car was doing something similar .... but no white smoke .... I replaced the Thermostat and so far its been working fine .... my fans were working "overtime" .. the fans were on for more than 5 mins or 10 at times and I was surprised that I always ran out of coolant ... but with the new thermostat its working like it suppose to ...
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I got the thermostat replaced. I haven't run into the overheating problem yet. I had my mechanic do a pressure test to see if there was any cracked heads or anything. He said the pressure test came back great! We will see from here though. Yeah my mechanic said he checked it out bottom side because he himself said these engines are noctorious for head gaskets getting blown.
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