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Default Overheating when stationary or under load.

I've got a 2004 SG Forester, after the engine has warmed up, it gets massively hotter (noticeably above second line on temp guage) when stationary or climbing steeper grades - higher revs seems to cool things down (i.e changing back a gear when climbing). Cruising on the flats it's as cool as a cucumber.

Any suggestions? fans are kicking in, could it be a water pump issue or a blockage/flow restriction somewhere?



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Hmmm.. maybe it's a coolant issue. The stuff in there is green, and everyone here seems to be talking about blue stuff.
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Further to this.. increasing the revs when stationary rapidly lowers the temperature guage.

Which seems to imply to me that it's a flow through the motor thing.
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I would suspect the water pump. Green coolant is fine.
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You could have a thermostat issue.
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What havachat says and OEM only.
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^ Ah yes I agree, of course, the thermostat completely slipped my mind!
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Also check your heater circuit. If there's a blockage this can cause issues with the heating of the thermostat and thus it's opening.

That or you've lost coolant somewhere and have low coolant level... Long shot?

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revs when stationary suggests (as above) a partial blockage maybe.

Check for kinks in the lower hoses, pull the thermostat out and check it.
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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions.
I'm going to take a guess that they didn't burp it when they checked for leaks, because I just added a heap of coolant and it's made a hell of a difference. The resevour was full though, so not sure what's going on there, or even if that would be expected, seeing as the radiator was so low..?
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