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Subaru Legacy/Outback Wagons Maintenance & Repair

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Because Outbacks have to look clean after those commercials where Crod Dundee splashes through the mud puddles.

    Of course it's Lance now.

    owner used uneven tires

    That's user error, as we say in the IT industry.

    -juice
  • mrk610mrk610 Posts: 378
    Got hit by something on the road to day from work . I now have 3 marks on my front bumber. I 'm going to get some touchup paint and see what i can do. I guess not to bad for a 3 year old outback with 46k miles on it . I have been to FLA twice and the mountains sking 3 times .
    I'll try to take pics just got a dig camera.I guess I'll go to the photos forum and see how to post them . Wish me luck

    Mike in South jerey.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Did it strip the paint, or add to it?

    You might want to try some bug/tar remover to get the surface completely free of debris.

    -juice
  • dop50dop50 Posts: 162
    My '02 Legacy GT wagon 2.5 H6 had an insulated plastic cover that you had to take out 4 plastic screws and plugs, then slide out the cover (approx. 12" square) to the front. To get to the oil filter. It was a real pain in the A. I would imagine if you took it to a quick oil change shop, it would soon disappear.

    Ken
  • Larry,

    I agree, the dealer and SOA have been great on
    this problem.
    I DO NOT go off roading. I am 65 and retired,
    I was 60 when I bought the car (new),
    it has been an excellent trouble free vehicle for five years. (5speed)
    I was turning around in my driveway when the rear diffy blew. I mentioned a pickup simply as a more reliable vehicle for an old fart. The technology in a pickup is more old school, like I am used to, rear drive, leaf springs, you know, old time simple stuff like that.
    I am not interested in a 4/4.
    SOA is aware of a potential problem in this area.
    They had a recall when the crossmember mounting plate rusted out and caused rear diff failure. My car was not included in said recall.
    Recall says that part from sub contractor had poor paint. Remedy is spray rust resistant oil and rust resistant wax on the mounting plate.
    Sounds mickey mouse to me but I hope they fixed the problem with the new design in 2000.
    I just hope the new mounting plate solves the problem for good, I will be afraid to drive the car for awhile, afraid problem might occur again.
    That's why I am thinking of replacing the car.
    Sam.
  • lfdallfdal Posts: 679
    Sam,

    Don't blame you - I'd be looking to bid the car a fond farewell if the suspension supports start rusting out. At some point SOA will stop repairing them for free. Also, I think they had undercoating issues on some Outbacks after 2000 -maybe 2002's and some 2003's? I'm guessing on the dates, but I remember a service campaign to touch up the underneath on some of those years.

    Larry
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Our 2002 Legacy L was included. Wasn't that related to the springs also?

    I could be wrong.

    -juice
  • mrk610mrk610 Posts: 378
    the paint was stripped off to the black primer.
  • Larry,

    Guess what? The dealer called today, they are also replacing the front diffy, some people call it the center diffy. Now they think that was my problem from day one. Go figure.

    Sam.
  • I understand it is "normal" for subies to have crank/cam seal leaks---now my baffle plate-(apparently plastic), is leaking as well on my 95 legacy wgn...have 103k on the car and it's generally in ex. cond., so I feel the expensive repairs are probably worth it...My question is---what can I reasonably expect mileage-wise from the engine on this vintage subie? 200k no problem? What's the consensus out there?

    thanks,
    dave
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Larry,

    Guess what? The dealer called today, they are also replacing the front diffy, some people call it the center diffy. Now they think that was my problem from day one. Go figure.

    Sam.


    Is this a manual or automtic? If it's a manual there is a center diffy, if it's an automatic there isn't a center diffy. And there is a front diffy as well regardless if it's an AT or MT. More details please?

    -mike
  • Mike,

    The car is a manual 5speed.

    Sam.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Then it could be the center viscous coupling or the front diffy, it would be the first center/front diffy I've heard going on a subaru in the years I've been around them.

    Odd.

    -mike
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    dave: if it never overheated, I'd fix it. If you overheated the alloy block - dump it now.

    Failed center diffy does sound extremely rare. Did you ever do a gear oil service up front? I just did mine at 60k, some people do it every 30k.

    -juice
  • Mike,

    It is the viscous coupling, sorry, I thought
    diffy and viscous coupling were same thing.

    Sam.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Interesting. First bad one I've ever heard of, but any mechanical part can fail I suppose.

    -mike
  • I have an '01 Outback Ltd and have a few replacements that I need to ask advice for (this coming from the mechanically inept ;) ):

    1.) The glass on one of my foglights is cracked and a piece fell off. How easy / possible it is to replace the glass?

    2.) One of my license plate bulbs is out... easy to replace?

    3.) My cabin air filter needs to be replaced as well...any advise?

    Thanks as always.
  • I'm not sure on the foglamp lens. I would guess that they become damaged frequently.

    License plate lamps are commonplace and easy to replace.

    The cabin air filter is behind the glove box and inside the heater assembly. See the attached link from the Subaru Technical info web page: http://techinfo.subaru.com/html/ixSearchFree.jsp?text_keyword=&am- p;keyword=&publication_type=12&free_pub=13 look at the Baja air filter kit installation.
    It looks like a 30 minute job to me.

    Jim
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The center viscous coupling in a Subie acts as a center differential, basically.

    -juice
  • in may and now in september i have had the same problem with my Subie. I was coming back to LA from Vegas and had an intermittent screeching sound coming from behind dash/steering wheel area. Mechanics said it may be pressure which "bleeds" out or releases pressure possibly from air conditioner. This was only with verbal description without looking at it as it seems to only make noise on long trip --- 100 miles out of town .... and although i reduce speed and turn off air, it makes a sound which sounds like a "blow out party favor -- you know those party favor things that serpentine out when children blow on it/new years eve party favor dealie" . . .the sound is intermittent and seems to go away when you get at lower elevation or near city. I don't know if it has anything to do with altitude (4000 feet) ... and heat - as when i had problem (in morning hours) was 85-90 outside in desert between Vegas and Barstow. This happened in May and now again. Mechanics want to charge me $95 to look around --- even though I have a few months left on warranty. This is 2002 subie outback with 24,000 miles. any feedback? Ready to call Leon the Motorman on radio Sunday and will take it in tuesday if you guys can't give me any input. I probably should wait until I go out of town and "record" the sound. I don't often get out of LA on a long trip but now feel uncomfortable with this car.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Could it be a belt slipping, and therefore squeeling? Was it a rubber against metal sound?

    -juice
  • hey juice--

    thanks for the input--my '95 legacy never overheated so I went ahead and had the plastic baffle plate replaced, (leaking badly), cam and crank seals replaced and the general 30K maint. spree...after $1380.00 it seems fine...the mechanics remarked that it was in pristine condition. They'll say anything though...ha ha

    dave
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    wow $1380 :(

    -mike
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Eh, that's about 3 car payments nowadays.

    -juice
  • I had an '84 Subaru GL that I traded in for $250 with a speedometer that went kapoot at 186,000 miles. Don't know how many more miles were REALLY on the car but the engine was great. Not a single unexpected problem from it, no leaks that I recall, just normal old car stuff happening around it like water pumps and the like.
    Elissa
  • I have a 2002 OBW, 5spd, 40k miles. This morning I was late and driving it hard, which I rarely do. So as I get onto the highway, I move up to 70mph and I start to hear a quick thumping that seems to be coming from my front wheel. It really felt and sounded like I had a flat. But when I put on the brakes, they were also VERY wobbly (pulsating). To the point where I had to coast to a stop. So I pull over and inspect the car. Nothing visible. tires are fine. I drive it at 50mph to work and it seems fine. I take it out for a spin during lunch. up to 65 mph, but not as long a distance. Everything seems fine. What the heck could have happened?

    Could I have heated up the brakes so much by driving hard (stop and go breaking) that they temporarily warped that bad? This is literally the only thing I can think up to answer this.

    It's been a strange day and I have a job interview to go on this afternoon. I can't get on the highway later and have this happen again.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Check your lug nuts. Perhaps they loosened up?

    -mike
  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    Take it up to 70 mph and drive like you did to work on your way home. If it doesn't duplicate, maybe you'd picked up a nice size pebble between the threads earlier.

    -Dave
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd suspect some debris as well. When you get home remove the tire and inspect and clean the brake system.

    Could also have been something throwing the wheels off balance (ice does that in winter for instance). Make sure those are also clean and clear.

    -juice
  • Thanks for the responses. I'll check for debris right now.
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