Overheated and shut off

Asked by Aug 06, 2016 at 04:43 PM about the 2006 Subaru Outback Sport

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I was driving with the AC on and the car shut off
and then began to smoke from under the hood. It
almost sounded like a hissing sounds looked
underneath car and look like water leaking of some
type. We have a very steep driveway  didn't make it
up. I was scared to start it back up. Is my engine
dead?

8 Answers

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Cheryl, how many miles on your car?? When did you service the cooling system and belts? At 105,000 miles, you should have changed the timing belt, water pump, all belts, thermostat and changed and flushed the radiator and new coolant.... I'm sorry, it sounds like you over heated and quite possibly blew your head gaskets.. that's a really expensive deal.. sorry.

6,985

"really expensive" is "really" relative.. But I agree, could be one or both head gaskets. Try to answer Mark's ?'s as best you can.

22,845

Walth-. YES, I understand , but,. I should add that it also depends on the overall condition of the car, exterior and interior. If the car is otherwise in pristine condition, it might be relatively reasonable to repair the car and go 100,000 miles. BUT, if the car is a "beater", looks trashed, then I wouldn't bother going forward....and start over with another car. Most cars look the same within five years, but, after 10 years, there's a vast difference between many cars. If it's 10 years of hard driving, and over 150,000 miles,. It might be time to fold and walk away.

6,985

mmmmk.. I'll be back when Cheryl responds.

22,845

Cheryl, where are you? Calling Car 54..... please answer our questions. Did you blow up the heads and gaskets? Do you have excessive mileage or is your car trashed? Please let us know... Walt and I will comment following your response.

22,845

walth. --- I think we lost Cheryl. Based on what she told in her last post, I think she may have destroyed her car and is bailing to look for a replacement....

5,900

Maybe she just blew a top hose and got freaked by Mark's spanking?

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6,985

Yeah Nark, I think you lost Cheryl. Her computer also markfunctioned and blew up.. too m

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