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Morning all...I bought my 06 a couple months ago in WV and used the AC maybe three times tops since then until the last couple days while visiting Florida. We went to head home last night, turned the AC on and noticed after a couple minutes it had stopped blowing cold. My husband them noticed it was overheating so we pulled over and turned the air off. Everything cooled down so we got back on the road and had it happen again. We pulled into a gas station and let it rest so we could check the coolant. After filling everything up, we turned the cat back on and it started a steady temp. Then turned the AC on to confirm that was causing the overheating. It seemed to be but as I turned the AC off with the car still running, my husband noticed coolant spraying out of two spots of the top middle of the radiator. So regardless of the AC, we cracked the radiator. I'm thinking we possibly had a pinhole leak to begin with because we just had to top off the coolant in WV a couple weeks ago and with the tempature changes from WV to FL as well as the added stress of extra miles on the car from the trip, the radiator didn't like it.

My question is, as my poor Gump is stuck at a gas station right now, what other model year foresters can I snag a radiator from to replace mine?
 

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G'day & Welcome aboard!

The AC will stop if the car overheats so as to reduce the load so I suspect your AC is just fine.

Cracking at the plastic header tank is unfortunately very common. I can't say for certain which other models, other than '06-'08, are compatible but I would think that all SG models '03-'08 would suit. I would only install a new radiator or possibly a reconditioned radiator from a reputable supplier.
 

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@sheenaxfaye I see this is your first forum post, so welcome to the forum from Oregon! :biggrin:

The radiator is different for MT & AT, as the AT radiator has an ATF cooler built in. To install MT radiator on a AT, you will need to add add an external ATF cooler.

Take a look at this thread: TYC (#13021) radiator replacement/quality

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.......Cracking at the plastic header tank is unfortunately very common......
That's why I will buying an all aluminum unit come 2019. We have a long trip coming up so the current one will have to do for a few months and hopefully it doesn't suddenly fail. Luckily it's wintertime so the heat buildup won't be as bad. I know the PO had to replace it before he sold me the car, and that was 6 years ago. It's about the same age if not older than the OEM that failed on him.
 
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