Why is my subaru still overheating


Asked by May 20, 2015 at 11:43 AM about the 1999 Subaru Legacy 4 Dr 30th Anniversary AWD Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 99 subaru legacy 2.5 gt and its been overheating lately... I changed out the
radiator bc it was leaking, then changed out the thermostat, only to find out there was a
leak in one of the small coolant hoes on the engine mount... Fix that, now theres no leak
but it still keeps overheating... I know about the common overhead gasket subarus have,
but i'm pretty sure thats not the issue or i would see signs of coolant in my oil. Out of
ideas, so all suggestions are welcome.

13 Answers

What did/does the waterpump look like? deteriorated? the coolant rough and discolored? sounds to me like the veins on the waterpump have gone weak~

10 of 10 people found this helpful.

replace all coolant hoses with stainless steel braided silicone (aircraft fuel line) custom indestructable lines~>>>summitracing.com is one source~

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

do you have a shroeder valve for belching the air out? some cars. at the highest point in the cooling loop~

12 of 12 people found this helpful.

I have not got a chance to take out the water pump yet... The coolant does not look discolorated, its all new coolant i just filled it with...

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

Also, after puting the engine parts n wires back together to replace the small leaking hoes, the car is idling at a lower rpm and jerking at 3k rpm when it switch cylinders... Then the at oil temp light started flashing, could that have anything to do with that? Im so stressed out with this: (

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

I'd take a measurement of the Idle air control or the TPS throttle position sensor, be sure they are connected properly...if vacuum operated replace with silicone hoses~

thought perhaps there was an ambient air temp sensor, but there is an environmental sensor>>>>still trying to understand what the ECU wants...a diagnostic check will reveal codes and we won't seem so foolish then.<<

5 of 5 people found this helpful.


11 of 11 people found this helpful.

i had a 2.5 in my lagacy outback and it was a blown headgasket all my collent would back up in the resv tank an over flowed turnd out to be a headgasket issues and i just went ahead and did a 2.2 swap with no complants

11 of 11 people found this helpful.

You have probably got an airlock in your heater element. This mimics all the symptoms of a head gasket leak. Water has to flow through the heater element to bypass the thermostat and make it open up...See my full explanation and solution here: - http://www.cargurus.com/Cars/Discussion-t17159_ds614293

49 of 49 people found this helpful.

Bleed the air out of the system, run the car, it will overheat again; bleed again. Repeat till it stops overheating. Other than that do a compression test for the head.

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

Check your thermostat. Thermostats can malfunction—the plunger can wiggle in its frame, bind and get stuck in the off or almost off position. Locking out cool water to engine causing it to over heat.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

Your head gasket is blown, you'll need to rebuild the whole engine just to fix it . You can buy fibre lock but when you go between 90 and 100 you'll overheat still

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Legacy in your area?

CarGurus has 13,699 nationwide Legacy listings starting at $1,900.


Subaru Legacy Experts

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Impreza
167 Great Deals out of 20,849 listings starting at $1,333
Used Subaru Outback
272 Great Deals out of 38,283 listings starting at $899
Used Subaru Forester
262 Great Deals out of 35,459 listings starting at $1,295
Used Honda Accord
529 Great Deals out of 93,656 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota Camry
787 Great Deals out of 71,592 listings starting at $175
Used Honda Civic
341 Great Deals out of 52,141 listings starting at $1,200
Used Nissan Altima
748 Great Deals out of 67,282 listings starting at $750
Used BMW 3 Series
910 Great Deals out of 33,016 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Corolla
643 Great Deals out of 66,145 listings starting at $1,599
Used Honda CR-V
541 Great Deals out of 67,089 listings starting at $1,800

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Subaru Legacy For Sale
7,882 listings starting at $19,318
2017 Subaru Legacy For Sale
28 Great Deals out of 1,269 listings starting at $14,589
2016 Subaru Legacy For Sale
15 Great Deals out of 618 listings starting at $11,995
2015 Subaru Legacy For Sale
52 Great Deals out of 1,481 listings starting at $8,999
2014 Subaru Legacy For Sale
14 Great Deals out of 445 listings starting at $6,999

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.