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  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,735
    Add my congratulations to the list. Did you get the snow that was forcast?

    About 27 or so years ago in Potsdam, NY (near the Canadian boarder), I went thru what you just did on my pride and joy - '72 Mercury Montego. Once the snow drifts formed, we had a nasty time getting the car back into the garage to complete the installation. I never want to have to do this stuff again, unless maybe, for an antique restoration project.

    Steve
  • are outback projector headlights HID?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    No, they are regular halogens, but the projector beam does allow for a more focused light.

    Only the STI has HIDs.

    -juice
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,686
    No...... actually the weather has stayed relatively warm for this time of year - especially at night as it hasn't dipped below 40F for at least a couple of weeks. It sure has been raining though! I'd rather have snow than rain at this point. Ugh.

    The car is still running.... that's good news. I also tore into the dash today to figure out what is wrong with my heating system / fan, and isolated the problem with no heat: the temperature selector slide is cable-connected.... with the heat side of the slide pushing the cable and the cold side pulling it. Instead of the cable pushing the flap that controls air access to the heater core, it was just flexing. I gave the flap a good push and it opened right up with a grateful gush of hot air! Thankfully, that's a spot that I can access once the glove box is back in place, so it should be a non-issue from now on. I think I have also isolated the intermittent fan operation to the motor itself. When the motor is not working, if I give the motor housing a thump, it will start up. I'm going to tear it apart and see if I can clean it up / re-lube it, but it might require replacement (gar!).

    Still working on the photos..... I'm having an issue accessing the site from a browser, though I can upload files to it just fine!

    -Wes-
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,686
    Okay, as promised.... here is the site. Rudimentary at best, but the photos are there and there's annotation along the way. I will probably fiddle more with the site as time goes on; maybe put up some photos from my first foray back in 2003 for comparison or something. I also have full-size photos of the ones posted, just do not have them linked yet!

    Enjoy, juice!
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    wow, great job and thanks for the photo and story behind each.

    -Brian
  • jfljfl Posts: 1,356
    Wes,

    Great job. Thanks for the photos...like I wrote previously, pretty soon you're so busy working you forget to take pix.

    A real accomplishment! Way to go.

    Jim
  • bat1161bat1161 Posts: 1,784
    Wes,

    Nice pics, and an awesome job! Thanks for the blow-by-blow.

    Enjoy!

    Mark
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,735
    Slacker! Had to rest on only the second day? Man, the good lord waited to the seventh, and he did a heck of a lot more work than you did!!! :P

    Nice job - great documentation!

    Steve
  • rob_mrob_m Somewhere North of BostonPosts: 808
    Pretty cool, Wes. I had the same Outback - a 96 2.5 in Spruce Pearl Green. I would never be brave enough to do what you did! Rob M.
  • lfdallfdal Posts: 679
    Just adding my congrats, Wes. A really good job.

    Larry
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Bravo! What more could I add?

    Bookmarked that, by the way.

    -juice
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,686
    Hahaha... I didn't have to rest, but I had one evening and two days to get to the point I was at on Sunday night, so why get all dirty and (more importantly) use up the extra fuel to head over there on Friday night? Instead, we went to bed early and were up by 0700 on Saturday! Am I forgiven? :D
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • jay_24jay_24 Posts: 536
    Wes,

    great photos. I saw your comment of the block heater and oil pan heater. Should my cousin get them added to her Subie? She just moved to Alaska about a month ago. She is North of Anchorage a bit but south of Denali...

    She got a 2005 Forester just before moving up there. I doubt it has either on it.

    --Jay
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,686
    For that area, a definite "yes" on the block heater. If she puts 5W-30 oil in it or better, she probably would not need the oil pan heater. If it is an auto, I would recommend a transmission heater (similar in appearance/operation to the oil pan heater) just in case she has to deal with any cold snaps.

    Where exactly is she? Cantwell? Anything north of Trapper Creek and she probably ought to just get the whole gammet: block, oil pan, transmission, and battery pad heaters. Any extended weather colder than about -30F and she'll be glad she has them. And, if she has not put them on yet this year, get it done right away! Winter is upon us!!!!!!!!!!!! :sick:

    Oh, and I did a tire rotation last night..... my rear brake pads need to be replaced ASAP!!!! Will it ever end?! I guess I should not complain, I have put 110K on the car since I bought it and I've never replaced them.... is that about average? When it rains, it pours.... I think I am going to come in a *bit* over my $1500 annual maintenance estimate for this year!
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • Has anyone had to replace one of these on an 01' Outback LTD. The dreaded check engine light came on the other night on way home from work. Took it to dealer code indicates that is it. Dealer had to order part will be in on a a week or so. They said no problem running with that problem.
    What should it cost?
    What is the risk in running around with that problem?
    Could it be a DIY job?
  • rr6rr6 Posts: 1
    HI! the check engine light will come on if your gas tank cap ws loosely screwed omn and you did not realise it... goes away after a week or so...
  • 204meca204meca Posts: 366
    I am helping a friend with a limited budget who is looking for a used Legacy. What if any are the significant advantages (especially thinking in terms of reliability) of the 2000-2004 over the 1995-1999 models. Thanks
  • Is it possible that it will "repair" itself? Would the code still show as a Solenoid problem?
    Thanks!
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,735
    As per my '02 OBW shop manual, there is a "pressure control solenoid valve" located between the gas tank and the canister. It is hard to tell from the drawing, but looks like it may be tucked up out of the way, making it hard to reach.... or maybe not! I just cannot get a good perspective. Crawl on your back and drip fuel into your eyes, or leave it to a guy with a lift..... It depends on your skill level.

    Steve
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,735
    OK, Wes. I will give you a break this time around!
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    Leaving mileage aside,

    Advantages: 00-04 models do not have the head gasket failure prone DOHC engine

    Disadvantages: 00-04 models gained weight over the 95-99 models while the engine output remained the same.

    Ken
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    If they get a model before 2002, I'd look for a 2.2l engine, which was the most reliable engine in the lineup.

    After '02, the head gasket issue was resolved, so a high mile 02-03 would be a good choice.

    -juice
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,686
    Haha.... you're too kind.

    That darn winter struck us the gradual way this year.... with spitting rain turning to snow and back to rain that is expected for at least a week before the temperatures start dropping enough to really provide a freeze up! Oy.... this is just miserable weather. It is not fun to drive in it yet, and it has that "wet cold" about it. Bleah.

    I purchased a replacement blower fan yesterday for the car. I told the guy at NAPA, "Dave, I hope I do not see you again this year." I really did mean it sincerely! :blush: Well, I should have known that would be a jinx. I made it home and at around 2200 finally went outside to swap them out. ARGH!!! While *almost* identical, the mounting plates on these units were not the same. Ergo, no heating fan. I decided that instead of going through the trouble of reinstalling the old fan and trying to find the correct one on faith, I would just leave it out. This plan worked well last night on my way to my broomball game as there was no traffic. But this morning, oy. I could not keep a good 10-second distance between me and the vehicle in front of me to prevent road spray because someone would always snag my gap. I had no heat, so the spray would hit the windshield and freeze instantly. It was like trying to drive looking through a frosted shower door! During my short 13 mile drive, I had to stop 4 times to scrape the glass.

    The good news is that I went back to NAPA today and they did have the correct one. The only problem was that it cost me $81 MORE than the original $62 unit I had purchased the day before..... and they were IDENTICAL other than the mounting plate! :sick: :sick: I could click on that icon all day....... :P

    I stuffed the new fan in there and spliced the wiring up. It works GREAT! Whew.... it's been a while since we've had that much airflow in that car! Now I just have to get those rear brake pads installed before my squealer noise turns to grinding.... :surprise:
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • dgeddged Posts: 3
    I have a 2004 Outback with a plastic shield that covers part of the front undercarriage and also has a smaller screw-in section with large Phillips-head plastic screws. The whole thing is pretty beat up. Is it worth taking off and trying to epoxy it back into shape? Or, is it okay to just remove the whole thing? I figured that it was there for a purpose, but I can't understand how it got so grungy: I never hit anything that hard.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    Thanks,

    Dave :D
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Rocks and stuff get kicked up.

    I've removed mine, on my Forester. No problems here.

    You could always get a skid plate, where's paisan? He makes some.

    -juice
  • bat1161bat1161 Posts: 1,784
    Skidplate works well. You'd be surprised what gets kicked up underneath your car. Check out Paisan's place at azpinstalls dot com, and look at Rally armor.

    Mark
  • dgeddged Posts: 3
    Thanks, Mark,

    Apparently, though, the skid plate for the 2004 Outback is still being tested. Has anyone you know tried to repair the plastic one? Any idea how much a new plastic one costs? What is the "official" name for the gizmo, anyway?

    Dave :D
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,686
    I'll agree that plenty of junk gets kicked up under the car! Between catching it on rocks/brush/ice when working it (on/off road!) and random stuff being kicked up on the roadways, I usually have to replace my oil pan heater every year because the cord gets severed. Amazingly, the current one on there was installed in July 2003.... it has made it 2 years! :surprise:

    I gave up on all the plasic do-dads years ago, but I'm too cheap/lazy to buy a skidplate. :blush:
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Thanks for the link, Mark, I always forget that URL. Some friend of his I am. :P

    -juice
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