I have a my 08 2007 Subaru Tribeca 3.6l and I’m having same overheating problems. Ticking yes smell yes. The ticking

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Customer: Hi I have a my 08 2007 Subaru Tribeca 3.6l and I’m having same overheating problems
JA: Hi there. Did you hear any ticking noises, or smell any burning when it overheated?
Customer: ticking yes smell yes
JA: What's the approximate mileage on your 2007 Tribeca?
Customer: the ticking sounds like one of the wheels
JA: Is there anything else the Subaru Tribeca Mechanic should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: my check engine and cruise control and tracking light are on
Answered by donjcook in 15 mins 1 year ago
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Hi , my name is***** sorry to hear about your problem and I will do my best to assist you . I have 45 years of experience and am a master mechanic , working on all makes and models . You might be prompted for a phone call and I do NOT mind chatting by phone , but the cost is extra so if you want to talk by phone let me know and I can arrange it from my end. So - how can I help you today? and whom am I speaking with today? Also if you can type out your VIN I can pull up accurate information, thank you!

if your check engine light is on , its probably a clue to the overheating , so step one is to pull codes , have you been adding coolant to it? does it smoke out the back?


you probably have an issue with a speed sensor or wiring in the abs system , that would turn the other lights on , the overheating is more important

I took to mechanic they said the only code that come up for it was abs sensor. The check engine light only come on with the cruise control light and traction light the engine light has never come on with the overheating I did have a broken water hose that’s been replaced there are no water leaks it dose make a ticking noise that noise is louder when turn on aircon

OK , let me look up some things

which problem do you want me to address then?

The overheating problem thank you

OK , these engines are known for leaking head gaskets , which could explain your leaking hose or the hose could have over heated your engine to the point of warping a head and causing a head gasket leak , so there are many different tests for head gasket leaks like this


or it could be a broken water pump ,( low failure rate) or your cooling fans are not operating properly. They should come on when engine temp reaches about 210f  and at least one should come on when you turn the AC on.  when a head gasket starts to leak , it will over pressurize your engine and usually cause other leaks , like the weakest hose or water pump seal , radiator or heater core , so its best to nip it in the bud before more damage can occur.

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