New car overheated?

just bought a 2008 subaru impreza and when i drove it for the second time it overheated i drove it 50 miles the day i bought it with no problems i have plenty of coolant and it was fine on the interstate

But my light started blinking so when i got home i popped the hood and there was some steam coming off the rear of the engine the guy i bought it from said the timing/head gaskets were done but i neglected to ask if the water pump was wondering if that is the issue.

Sincerely worried 17 year old

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  • M.
    Lv 7
    3 years ago
    Best Answer

    A 2008 is not a NEW car. It's plenty OLD. And how many hundred thousand miles does it have?

    If the cooling system (inside the engine and radiator) is full of coolant, check the thermostat. If it's ok, the condition of the radiator becomes the next question.

    Go to your nearby high school that has auto shop class. Let them look at the car and advise you.

    Until you find out what's wrong, stop driving it.

    Source(s): Engine overhaul mechanic since 1972
    • M.
      Lv 7
      3 years agoReport

      I know. I was just having fun. But was curious about the mileage. Never let the engine overheat. Even if you are onky 2 miles from home. Shut the engine off and solve the problem.

  • 3 years ago

    Bad head gasket job. Pressure leak the coolant and check for leaks.

  • 3 years ago

    These cars need expert care for the cooling system or the coolant does not get to the heads of the boxer engine. There is a special bleeding process for coolant

    This may have blown a head gasket already.

    Take it to a subaru specialist mechanic.

    These are good cars but cannot be fiddled with unless you understand them.

  • 3 years ago

    Not the water pump, possibly a non-functional radiator fan if it only does it around town. Otherwise my money is on head gaskets again.

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  • Tj
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    go cheaper, try the thermostat first.

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Hmm! New at 8 years?

  • 3 years ago

    Did you have a Subaru mechanic inspect it? Did the seller show you the paperwork on the head gasket change? That type of work usually carries a warranty for say 6 to 12 months.

    I am not sure if the water pump is exposed during a head gasket job. I am guessing it is, and I can not imagine someone not replacing it.

    Pull an instavin report. How long did the previous owner have the car? If a short time, then that is a bad sign.

    Get a professional Subaru mechanic to look at it. Might be a number of things.

    Check your oil and coolant for cross contamination.

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Your "new" car has a blown headgasket

    Source(s): Subaru technician
    • Anonymous3 years agoReport

      I recomend taking it to a Subaru dealership or a reliable mechanic and have them diagnose it.

  • Tim
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    Imprezas are known for overheating just google Impreza overheating it's a very common problem read what people said till you find what's most similar to your situation

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    head gasket huh ... wonder what was going on that happened in the first place .. i'd get someone to look at it ..

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