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2002 Subaru Forester L 4dr Manual

2002 Subaru Forester
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All Wheel Drive, 4 Door, 4WD Sport Utility
21 mpg city / 27 mpg hwy
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January 23, 2014, 6:47 am

Joe M

Question: Can a head gasket be installed incorrectly which would make the car overheat?

Car dealership is claiming that a hose went bad with the coolant system to cause the car to overheat. There were no signs of leaking, smoke, fluids of any kind on the ground or around the engine to confirm this diagnosis. The fluid was getting sucked up and disappearing somewhere and I had to keep refilling. I am wondering if the problem is due to an error installing the head gaskets and if its possible to put them on wrong.

January 27, 2014, 9:13 am

Ron W
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Sounds more like the hose. If it coolant is seeping out, it may boil away from engine heat before it hits the ground.

Can a head cause overheating? Yes, but if it was the cause, the head would need to be removed to correct it, so if it is repaired now, the shop is probably correct.

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