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JDM Foz [sold]
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just been out in the foz for the first time in weeks and got about 3 miles from home and the temp gauge is almost at the top and the Hold button starts flashing its arse off.

Pull over and let the engine cool down and then set off again, thinking cant be coolant as I filled it up on Saturday.

Get another few miles and the light is flashing and the temp has gone up. As i'm close to where i'm going I leave the car and walk the remaining 1/2 mile.

On coming back an hour later I think lets check the coolant.

Crap its empty! it took 1.5 litres to top it up! no sign of leakage on the ground and even now i'm home theres no damp patches on the drive and despite being sat there for over an hour theres no difference in the level than when I filled it!

I think the bottom rad hose is goosed and will change this as a precaution. Anyone got any other ideas and really! is going on with the Hold light flashing?
 

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just been out in the foz for the first time in weeks and got about 3 miles from home and the temp gauge is almost at the top and the Hold button starts flashing its arse off.

Pull over and let the engine cool down and then set off again, thinking cant be coolant as I filled it up on Saturday.

Get another few miles and the light is flashing and the temp has gone up. As i'm close to where i'm going I leave the car and walk the remaining 1/2 mile.

On coming back an hour later I think lets check the coolant.

Crap its empty! it took 1.5 litres to top it up! no sign of leakage on the ground and even now i'm home theres no damp patches on the drive and despite being sat there for over an hour theres no difference in the level than when I filled it!

I think the bottom rad hose is goosed and will change this as a precaution. Anyone got any other ideas and really! is going on with the Hold light flashing?
Is the fan working matey...? That's the obvious answer if it isn't as that's what it was on mine - duff electrical connection that just needed a clean !!

Failing that:

if you check the temps of the top & bottom hoses with your hand they should both be hot. If one isn't that can indicate more of what the problem is. Found some info from here somewhere I think.

Does the temp come down if you put the heating on max with the temp dial up hot ...? That's the usual trick fro bringing engine temps back down.
 

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JDM Foz [sold]
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the fans where working like the clappers. so I think it was just lack of water and I have a leak. Just been upto the garage and checked and its lost about 1/2 inch since I got home. Will check tommrow but cant see anywhere its leaking water. theres no water in the oil either!

Off to the subaru specialists I think next week.
 

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split hose when up to temp?


some one drinking your anti freeze?
 

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I had the "hold" light flash on me.

it was a goosed battery. the guy who sold me the car had fitted the smallest battery he could find..... it was off a Nissan Figaro!

check for corrosion around the terminals, a bad connection will also make the hold light flash.... this also happened to me, it was when i first noticed the battery was tiny!

I cleaned up the terminals and the light went out..... and then it lasted about a week before it gave in!
 

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JDM Foz [sold]
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frazer, dont think its the battery unless the winters killed it as I bought a new one in November as my old one was getting weary.

Its only done it today and i'm off to see Buxton Subaru in the next few days and he's got all the kit to read the ECU so see if theres anything in there.
 

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Just a thought to which I don't know the answer but if you were low on water, would that affect the cooling of the autobox and that the flashing hold light is just a symptom of a hot box? (ooerr, sounds a bit rude)
 

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JDM Foz [sold]
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dont know how the autobox is cooled though mate, i thought thats why it was full of oil :biggrin: which also needs changing. :crazy:

gonna get it to the garage next few days and get it looked at.
 

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When the hold button starts flashing perhaps you can stop the temp gauge where it is and thus increase your chances of a 'jackpot' ?

seriously though, it does sound like things are getting too hot - related to loss/lack of water? - Legacies of a similar vintage used to have periodic issues with water 'disappearing' like this - perhaps try some searchs trings on Nasioc or scabbynet to see if you can find a definitive cause.

Paul W



and really! is going on with the Hold light flashing?
 

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The ATF runs through a seperate section of the radiator to assist with warm up and to help maintain even temps.
Have you checked your ATF?
 

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JDM Foz [sold]
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did u find the problem? im experiencing the same thing
Yes mate, the bottom bracket on the rad had split and it was weeing water everywhere when under pressure.

Had to have a new radiator in the end.

Hope this helps

mike
 

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Hey sorry i took so long to respond. But did the hold light stop flashing?? Mine is flashing but the car runs great otherwise
 
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