2001 subaru outback 4cyl. Overheating after replacing thermostat and radiator

Asked by May 28, 2017 at 06:57 PM about the 2001 Subaru Outback Base Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Daughters car, she was driving and it started to overheat so she pulled
over. Got it home and on the forum, it said try replacing the thermostat. Did
that, while idling car stayed in normal area, but then noticed that the
radiator had a small crack in it with steam coming out of it. Replaced the
radiator and all hoses, filled with fluids, started up with cap off to remove
bubbles. Was showing fine for temp, however as soon as I put the cap on
the radiator, the car started to overheat immediately.  Any ideas on what to
do next?

3 Answers


I would suspect head gasket leaks. Does your car have white exhaust smoke?

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Is this a high mileage car??? And, what's the overall condition....it's 16 years old... I imagine you are likely close to the end of life on this vehicle.. without a big influx of cash... Are you prepared for this?


You might be able to do get the head gaskets done, check the timing belt, water pump and thermostat.. plus, a complete radiator flush and change... How's the transmission and other major components.. I would have a compression check as well.

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