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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-17-2005, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Question burning coolant smell

so with the head gasket problem- would this cause a constant smell of burning coolant ? I find that my car always smells of burning coolant and asked about the problems I have heard about with the coolant additive which I had added. Does this mean I should always go back to subaru just to ensure that it is being done correctly or is regular coolant ok after the additive has been added. I noticed that the dealership didnt really want to talk about this problem and felt like I was being brushed off. I am going to take my car back into them and get a reason for the constant burning smell and push for a final answer.
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...I am going to take my car back into them and get a reason for the constant burning smell and push for a final answer.
Sounds like a good idea. I'd do it ASAP.

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One of the two common (too common?) head gasket failures involves an external coolant leak at the bottom rear of the left-side head.

Try this: when you park it after a good run, shut it off and let it rest for a minute and open the hood. Look down at that bottom corner, and the pipe, and look for drips and steam.

If you spot something, then you can take it to the dealer and say explain THAT.

Does it ever leave drips of coolant on the ground?
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also if there is boil over /overheating that's a good indication, the coolant reser evoir gets filled.cylinder compression bypasses the gasket pushing all ( almost all) the coolant out of the radiator, obviously causing an overheat condition

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