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  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    I had a paintless dent removal done on my Impreza-- no complaints. I generated a golf ball sized dent by grazing the fender with a four-way tire iron. Cold steel vs. thin sheetmetal, no contest there...

  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    a small dent in the door of our 1.5 month old OB. It's high on the door, so I am assuming it is an inconsiderated SUV owner. You won't really pick it up easily if your just looking at the car - but I know it's there and it bugs me. I hate inconsiderate people! Anyway, I heard you leave you car in the sun to get the metal hot and then place dry ice on it and the dent will pop out. Not sure if I want to try this. Funny thing is my year old Sienna doesn't have any dents!

  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    inconsiderate not inconsiderated. :)
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Fellas, you're missing the point. Dave doesn't want to Pay to have the dent removed. I for one applaud his adventuresome spirit.

    Dave- I've been intrigued with the dry ice concept and hope you decide to give it a try. As I understand it, the sudden application of extreme cold should cause the sheet metal to contract, thereby causing the dent to pop out. Were I to do it, I'd just apply the dry ice to the dent at a normal temp. Try to have the dry ice only touch the concave portion of the dent. I would think that it would only take a few seconds to super cool the metal. Best of luck and let us know how it goes.

    -Frank P.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You could also try a heat gun, or maybe a blow dryer. Just don't melt the paint! :-)

  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    My PDR was $30. Why bother experimenting or risking the finish?

  • Even popping the door panel off isn't worth saving $30.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Try reaching in through the speaker holes. The cover pop off easily (pry from the bottom), then its just 3 screws and a harness to unplug.

    That may leave a big enough hole to push the dent out. I agree on not removing the door panel - you're begging for squeeks/rattles.

  • peterson10peterson10 Posts: 116
    thanks everyone for your lightning-fast and thoughtful responses! My concern with respect to using Paintless-Dent Removal and the like is that, as I understand it, they occasionally have to bore holes in the underside of the door skin to get at the dents (providing a place where they can apply enough leverage without risking a shattered window). But, for $30, its not a bad option. I'm half tempted to affix some sort of aftermarket side molding to lessen the risk of further whacks (provided it could be done without much aesthetic compromise). Has anyone else noticed that in recent years body-side moldings have either disappeared or become purely vestigial (positioned so low as to be useless)? FWIW, my daughter has a pretty healthy outlook on this: when she saw me agonizing over the dent she just smiled and said, "good, now you can start taking it fishing without being afraid it'll get scratched". Kids these days...
  • armac13armac13 Posts: 1,129
    we certainly can learn from "kids these days". Some do have their heads on the right way. Congratulations, you must have done something right. :-)

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Well the Outback, Outback Sport, and Forester have plenty of side cladding.

    I really like my Forester L's plastic cladding. There is no painted surface to scratch below knee level. The stuff is like teflon and holds up real well.

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    The painted lower cladding on my Forester S holds up very well too. It's definetly more durable than the paint they use on the sheetmetal. It's not as high gloss as the upper paint so scuff marks and light scratches don't show.

  • jresjres Posts: 69
    Ok here's the scoop,

    00 Legacy GT wagon, 14K miles ECU replaced under recall

    I've got an intermittent rough idle, she occasionally blips up to 2K for 5 - 10 seconds and and then goes to normal or drops so low the engine momentarily stalls and then catches up and runs fine. These events occur 4-5 times a week with no pattern that I have noticed.

    This has been happening for two+ months I have changed fuel brand and grade, the weather has been from hot/humid to cold/dry, my driving has been mixed hiway/city

    I have been hesitant to bring it to the dealer since the problem is intermittant and I can't count on it happening for the dealers mechanic.

    Here are the questions,

    Does OBD II keep a log of problems so the dealer might be able to look back and see what happened?

    Is this potentially related to the ECU problem, did I get another bad one?

    Has anybody else had similar problems?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Hey over the weekend I polled my cousin on her '00 OB and if it pings. She said it only has a problem with Hess gas. It will cause the car to have a rough idle, and stalling if she uses Hess at all in it. Other than that no pings on hills or otherwise in the 2-2500rpm range running on 87 octane.

  • I sometimes get a similar idle from my 01 GT (perhaps not as exaggerated as yours) but it definitely is associated with having the AC on and the compressor kicking in.

  • jresjres Posts: 69
    I get the same problem with or with out the AC on.

    Way off topic,

    Looking at your profile brought back great memories, I have an aunt in your neck of the woods, is Prestons Ice cream / Candy shop still in Burlingame?
  • francophilefrancophile Posts: 667
    Your questions:

    Does OBD II keep a log of problems so the dealer might be able to look back and see what happened?

    Yes but I don't know how many records it keeps.

    Is this potentially related to the ECU problem, did I get another bad one?

    My '00 Legacy underwent an ECU recall for a Check Engine light malady, wherein the light would come on under circumstances that did not warrant it coming on. (This never actually happened to me.) Is that the recall you are talking about? More importantly, did your erratic idle start to happen only *after* the ECU replacement? The reason I'm hammering on this is that IMO the problem could be caused by the ECU.

    Has anybody else had similar problems?

    Not here.

    Good luck,
  • Is it possible to easily access the computer codes in a Subaru? I have a brand spanking new 2002 Forester. In the old Ford I had, all you had to do was put a jumper in a harness in the engine compartment, turn the key, and you could read out the computer codes with a flashing light. This was a handy feature. It saved me a fortune in repair bills over the life of the car.
  • pattim3pattim3 Posts: 533
    Unfortunately, with OBD in vehicles, it is not easy to scan for failure informaton. The tool itself is a bit pricey, plus it gives diagnostic "codes". From there, you have to go to the related Service Manuals to find "possible" areas of concern or components to be tested.

    Things are just not as simple anymore.

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