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Subaru Legacy/Outback Wagons Maintenance & Repair



  • bj69sbj69s Posts: 3
    I have a 97 wagon that is pulling from side to side and the trans don't want to shift into drive it is a automatic its like it don't want to shift up .
  • Sounds like two or three *dfifferent* problems..
  • I REALLY need someones help. I have a outback that has a lot of problems that noone seems to know how to fix or whatnot......anyways right now my car will not start. when it tries the lights flash on and off.....I am assuming that its the security system. When i bought this car from another person it did not have a manual in it nor did it comes with the black keyless entry box. Does anyone know how i can disable or reset the security so my car will start?
    thanks so much.....
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    If the car has a factory alarm system, there should be a button located on the left side of the car, up under the dash. Pressing it should reset the system. If the car's battery was changed or the battery died, the alarm system will need to be reset. I thought the need for reset was accompanied by honking, flashing lights, etc., but have not had one with an alarm, so I cannot say for sure.
  • .....well i went out and looked to see if i can find some sort of button and i cant seem to see it.........although i dont know what im looking for either .....under the hood it says it has a security system so im guessing that it also has an alarm as when the battery is hooked up the lights flash on an off and the people i have mentioned this to says when the alarm system has been activated it will shut down the engine so it wont i have to figure out where to reset that system......I will have another look under the dash as it could be somplace else......there has to be somwhere to reset it right? Gosh if i can get this started im getting me an manual for sure so i can figure out this dang car........thanks a lot for the reply.....
  • On my `98 the on/off switch for the security system is to the left of where the clutch pedal is, against the wall. It was too close to where my feet are, that my dealer had to move the switch closer to the door jam, because I kept hitting it with my foot. It looks like a very small cargo switch that you could get at any Radio Shack. If not you could go to any dealer, or sellers of "Code Alarm", to get replacement fobs and instructions.
    -W. ;)
  • Hm thank you...I will have to look although mine is an automatic so its probably somewhere else.........well its good to know that there is a switch somewhere atleast ;) Well i will keep looking........this car of mine is the Limited also if that helps anyone.....thanks!
  • Hi,

    I own an '06 Legacy SE with the 2.5 engine. Lately, the engine has been making a lot of noise for the first couple of minutes/miles when driven after sitting idle for a long time (like overnite). When I say a lot of noise, I mean a LOT of noise. So much so that people turn to stare at it as it passes down the street. I don't know if the colder weather may have something to do with this but I don't remember having this problem last winter.

    Does anyone know if this is normal or is ist something I should be concerned about?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    Noisy startups are never good, but what sort of noise is it? Clacking? Screeching? Yodeling? Disco? :P
  • Thank goodness its NOT disco! But it is nearly as bad. It's a very loud rumbling/chug-chugging type noise. Like you hear from a loud truck engine. The frequency of the "chug-chugging" increases as I give it gas. I don't know that much about engines but I'm guessing it may be noisy valves. The noise goes away when the engine warms up and my Subie purrs along just beautifully.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I would start with an ECU reset. Disconnect the negative battery terminal, wait 20 minutes, reconnect. Have the remote handy, lock/unlock a few times when you reconnect the battery.

    Also note the alarm hints mentioned above.

    I'm a bit surprised it's not also throwing a check-engine light. No light?
  • jay_24jay_24 Posts: 536
    I would have guessed a tick/clank sound like a old diesel engine. That comes with piston slap that many subies have. Subaru actually replaced 2 pistons in my 2001OB engine because of slap at 45K. 20K miles later it was back. Other than the noise it hasn't been an issue. Now at 115K and still not burning oil and getting 28mpg durng the summer. After 10 minutes of warm up its gone, and it only happens when temps are below 30F. Colder it is the loader and longer it is.

    Subaru has long said not an issue and won't change pistons. I think I just hit a good day when I brought it in and Subaru happened to be curious on if it really was OK. If I recall somebody else on Edmunds also had piston replaced that same week as I did.
  • zman3zman3 Posts: 857
    My guess is also piston slap. I equated my 98 OB piston slap to sounding like a sewing machine.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    Yep, that might be it - especially if it is present until the car warms up versus going away in a few seconds (or at least quieting down significantly) But, also check to see if you oil level is right at the full mark, as well as verify the type of oil used (5w-30?). My Outback sounds very "raspy" when I start it up at cold, but the sound is, I think, related to the transmission or front differential and goes away when it warms up. Still strange, but the lubricant levels are right on.
  • i have a 97 legacy outback 2.5L with an over heating problem when i run the car it only overheats after it has been runn in 20+min. the top radiator hose is hot but the bottom stays cold. i have changed the thermostat, radiator cap and fan relays, the fans only turn on when it is overheating. so i think it may be my temp sensor that engages the fan but my repair manuel does not show where it is it only says under the intake manifold where my top radiator hose leads. i have looked all over there and cannot find anything that looks like it. if you have any helpfull advice please let me know perhaps i have a air bubble in mycooling system. if so how do i get it out?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    It is the water pump.

    If the lower rad hose is cold it means that coolant isn't flowing into the engine. I'd say the thremostat but you said you checked that already.

    If it were an air bubble it would manifest itself as a cold upper rad hose, not a lower one.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    Full agreement here. Darn water pumps, anyway. Hopefully you are about due for a new timing belt as well, as that is where you must go to replace the water pump. :mad:

  • bj69sbj69s Posts: 3
    My 97 Legacy wagon is pulling side to side but I have no idea what it could be. This is my first Subaru and don't know what to look for.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    That is an odd combo there: your title indicates transmission problems, but you are describing a steering issue. ?

    Anyhow, the steering issue makes me think worn tie rod ends. Is it a fast side-to-side motion, or does the car just randomly drift back and forth in a casual fashion?
  • bj69sbj69s Posts: 3
    The reason I think it is in the trans is what it feels like if the brake starts dragging on one side then it will switch to the other side. It don't feel like loose steering like tie rods It is a reel strong pull and then it will switch sides, And another problem is that the trans will not shift from second to drive, I was going to change the filter on the trans to see if that helps on the shifting.
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