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09 Wrx overheating intermittently with ac on. I just had the

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09 Wrx overheating intermittently with ac on. I just had the shortblock replaced due to the tensioner bolt snapping so I'm sure I don't have a headgaskets issue. The nearest dealership is small and takes a few weeks before having an open appointment which I made but have 2 weeks before the appointment to try to figure this out. I was getting pretty annoyed with my situation so I replaced the radiator caps and thermostat hoping that would fix the issue. No luck. Ac blows cold sometimes, sometimes it's really humid in the cabin, other times it blows warm. Went out to get a manifold gauge set lowside shows 40 psi and high shows around 300. Both fans turn on but not sure if condenser fan is working properly as I never feel it blowing hard like the main fan. Any pointers on what to look for next?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  Jerry replied 3 months ago.

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They are sometimes bad about the radiators clogging up and causing an overheating. You can have that tested at a radiator shop or feel around the core when the engine is hot to see if there are any cool spots that would indicate a clog. That is what it sounds like from the symptoms.

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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Wouldn't a clogged radiator overheat with or without the ac on? The radiator has been replaced before so I'm 100% that is not the issue...
Expert:  Jerry replied 3 months ago.

Not always and if you are 100% on the rad, check the head gasket.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Not the headgaskets as I just got a new shortblock installed by Subaru...
Expert:  Jerry replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  Dan replied 3 months ago.

New expert here,
You could have an air pocket in the cooling system. when you replaced the thermostat did you bleed the air out?
Also unbolt the radiator and look at the front of the radiator between the condenser. It can get clogged with fuzzies, restricting the air flow.
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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I bled the coolant... I also bled the system before I replaced the thermostat with no success... My gut keeps telling me it may be a relay or the fan. Are both fans in my 09 wrx 2 speed? If so I always notice the main switching back and forth blowing on high and the secondary staying at low speed.