Travel days Cleveland to Milwaukee on July 10th & 11th.
Sadly, this was by far the beginning of the end for my old 1999 Subaru Forester. I thought it would benefit the vehicle that while getting a 3rd oil change of the trip to do a coolant flush since i had all sorts of nastyness in the radiator from the past 7,000ish miles. I picked up my car that afternoon, loaded it up, got ready to go, drove 10 miles, and my engine began to overheat very quickly. Some of the hottest it’s ever been. I had a minor panic/freak out moment, eventually got off the interstate, and headed back to the mechanic shop. The found air pockets in the lines, and added more leak stoppage pellets. I start on the road again, and BOOM...overheating again. Complete helpless and frustrations feelings flowed through me. I was able to stay at my friends again that night.
The next day I take it to the mechanic shop, they feel confident they fixed the issue, I drive it around again, and yet again...overheating. I make the call to take it to a Subaru dealership to re-seal the head gaskets...which cost $1,800. I get a rental, leave my Subaru, and head to Milwaukee. I didn’t arrive into Milwaukee till late...nearly 2 AM. So stressed, but hopeful my old Subaru would be ready to go when I return.
In case you’re wondering what’s wrong with my car...let me explain. Engines get hot and are cooled down with a system pushing the coolant fluid from the radiator, which is the thing the in the front of the car when you open the hood. My engine itself was leaking coolant out, causing the fluid level to lower, then my engine overheats because there’s not enough fluid to keep the engine cool. I hope that is fairly simple explanation for all.