Warning lights for temperature on 2010 to 2014 Outback

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Asked by Jul 18, 2015 at 02:28 PM about the 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

Question type: General

SUBARU says that their reason for changing to a warning light instead of a gauge is to
more quickly catch your attention while driving.   They say that if you see a flashing red
temperature icon on your instrument cluster,  your car is close to overheating and you
should slow down and check it out.    How many minutes do you have once you see this?  
They say if the light is a solid red you're starting to overheat and should go to the nearest
location to stop the car.   They put the temperature gauge back on the 2015 models,  but,  
do you agree or disagree about seeing a blinking light first?      And, finally,  how risky are
your head gaskets to blow in an overheating situation?    Maybe,  they're right about
noticing a blinking light ?  How many people notice the gauge creeping up to the top?   
I'm inclined to think they both would be helpful.

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Most people believe that a gauge is better because you can take evasive action BEFORE the engine overheats and possibly gets damaged. I tend to agree. Imagine if you only had a low fuel light instead of a gas gauge. HTH. -Jim

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Yes, as I pointed out, the gauge and the warning light together would be optimal. In fact, I think aircraft has a dual warning system. The trouble with the gauge only is that most people are so focused on the road, they may not notice the gauge creeping up. My experience, thankfully only twice, with overheating has been a noticeable loss of power first, then, I looked down and noticed the gauge. However, a light illuminated on the instrument cluster will usually grab my attention.

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