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    I have an 02 WRX NB-R and it has started overheating. The gauge doesn't really go past half way but when I turn off the engine all hell breaks loose and all the coolant and water comes boiling out. I got the thermostat removed (it was stuck) but that didn't solve said problem. I was told that if it was a head gasket then there would be white smoke form the exhaust. Somebody? Anybody? Help?

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    Mine was spewing coolant everywhere because I had a hole in my radiator and I had overfilled my coolant. Maybe something like that?
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    Was the coolant coming out of the hole in the radiator? Mine's coming out of the tank beside it (sorry dunno what exactly that tank is called)

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    Both. I had a leak in the top corner of the radiator by the coolant holder thing and I had overfilled on the coolant so it coming out of there as well.
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    I'll check for a leak in the radiator and I'll also check through the hoses to see if any of them are leaking.

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    Also burp the cooling system. If the coolant wasn't filled correctly you can get air pockets in the system. There's a pretty specific procedure for the turbo engines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Batfink2002 View Post
    I have an 02 WRX NB-R and it has started overheating. The gauge doesn't really go past half way but when I turn off the engine all hell breaks loose and all the coolant and water comes boiling out. I got the thermostat removed (it was stuck) but that didn't solve said problem. I was told that if it was a head gasket then there would be white smoke form the exhaust. Somebody? Anybody? Help?
    Contrary to pretty much every other engine out there 90% of Subarus with blown HG's end up leaking externally both coolant and/or oil...Obviously if you have an external leak and not an internal one you wont be burning any coolant/oil...As mentioned try what others have suggested such as burping the system, inspecting things etc etc..because obviously worse comes to worse you'll need head gaskets ( which is a somewhat rare occurance on Turbo Subarus..I think Ive seen like 2 Turbo Subies with popped HG's compared to the hundreds of N/A subarus ive seen with HG problems)

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