1986 SUBARU GL WAGON 4X4

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  • ambigua
  • 1986 Subaru

Is it necessary to drain the coolant when replacing the timing belts? I ask because I recently had this done and discovered a few days later that the engine was overheating. When I drained the antifreeze I got only about 1 quart of old looking fluid out of it. I filled the radiator with water, but it now uses water without a visible leak at the rate of about 1 quart every 20 miles!

I now assume that I have a head gasket leak, what do you think? I think the repair shop forgot to refill the radiator unless they did not need to drain it to replace the belts?

Thanks

Sunday, July 29th, 2007 AT 2:29 PM

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  • Jacobandnickolas
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Hi: Make sure the coolant isn't making into the engine oil. Also, are you seeing any white smoke from the exhaust?

Joe

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