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Subaru Crew Problems & Solutions

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  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    SS lines give you a nice firm pedal, wellworth the ~$100 for em.

    -mike
  • I've never had a car that smoothly downshifted from 2nd to 1st. There always seemed to be quite a bit of notchiness and balking.TC
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Use 'em - for the oil pan drain plug, as well as the tranny/diffy drain plug.

    -juice
  • Use 'em - for the oil pan drain plug, as well as the tranny/diffy drain plug.

    -juice

    But not on the filter? That is what I was given to understand on this board, and why I bought them and instructed my mechanic (much cheaper than dealer) to use them.
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    With the seasons changing, it's time to check your tire pressure again!

    I checked mine this morning and I was 2psi low on all four tires from my normal settings.

    Ken
  • I can't seem to get from second to first except at a complete standstill. Otherwise it'll just stay stuck in neutral at the first gear gate.
  • lilbluewgn02lilbluewgn02 PAPosts: 1,085
    We don need no steenken seasons! Thees ees Floreeeda! The weather report...chile today and hot tamale!
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    Isn't that a South of the Border Billboard. :-)

    -Dennis
  • lilbluewgn02lilbluewgn02 PAPosts: 1,085
    Don't know...
    Season 1: Barely livable and wet
    Season 2: Hot and wet
    Season 3: Hotter and wet
    Season 4: Hottest and wet

    I guess we do have 4 seasons :-)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    No crush washer on any oil filter I've ever used.

    Ken - good idea. Especially with the drops in temp, it's fall!

    -juice
  • I have just replaced all my oem tires (RE92) with Yokohama Avid V4 225/50/16 on stock wheels (16/6.5) about 3 weeks ago.
    When I drive at freeway speed the car tends to move left and right. Theres' no vibration on the steering wheel (so I guess the tires were balance) but it feels loose. I talked to Big O who installed this $630 tires (for that price I was expecting the car would ride like it's on rails) and they said since I came from H rated tires there would be a different feel with these V rated tires and I should wait till I get used to them. But it's been 3 weeks now and still fell this wandering movement of the car on the freeway, although it's not very bad but I can say the RE92 is a lot better.
    They've checked the pressure and they are all even.
    Any advise that you can share with me?

    Thank you in advance.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    225s on 6.5" rims is pushing it a bit Yokohama recommends 6-8" rims so you are on the bottom of that window. Not sure why they would move left and right though.

    -mike
  • ffsteveffsteve Posts: 243
    Potenzaus, where are you? The freeway pavement is grooved in California (maybe elsewhere). I had that experience with a brand new set of Michelins (my first) a few years ago. Their tread tended to follow the grooving in the pavement on the freeway more than the older, OE, tires. After a few months, I guess the corners got knocked off the tread and the wandering ceased.

    Steve
  • ffsteveffsteve Posts: 243
    Guess I should add that the next set of tires (another new set of the same Michelins) on the same car did exactly the same thing, for about the same length of time!

    Steve
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I take it that's a Legacy GT we're talking about?

    If so, that's a side effect of having 20mm wider tread - they tend to follow pavement irregularities. They'll also be less aerodynamic (simply because they displaced more air) and perhaps noisier.

    But the benefit should be superior lateral grip.

    I kind of doubt that can be "fixed", though maybe it'll lessen once the tires wear a bit.

    -juice
  • Yes I'm in the bay area. and I have a 00 Legacy GT. Some part of the 880 freeway here were grooved but nowadays mostly not(newly asphalted). I guess you're right because the tires are much wider than the wheels they tend to flex more. They're good though in cornering. I think I shouldn't have listened to the sales guy at Big O who talked me into getting the 225 instead of the 205.

    Thanks.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    It's funny but the flex actually gives you less control in corners. But hey just burn em up fast and then you don't have to worry!

    -mike
  • My '98 OB Limited 5-speed had the rear main seal spring a leak at around 30K miles. They ended up replacing the flywheel, clutch disk and plate. When they put it back together the gearbox locked up in 3rd gear. They couldn't figure out the problem. After diddling around I mentioned that they could save a bundle of money by just replacing the gearbox with a new one - which was done. Finally had to go back after about 9 months to have a recycled piece of shift linkage replaced that was rattling at freezing temps.

    BTW, installed a K&N air filter last month. Seems to have a little more punch. But my gas mileage is only 20-21 MPG with the 10% ethenol for winter. Have to remove the negative battery cable for 30 min. See if that will improve the gas mileage after the first tank-full.

    Now if it would only snow - sigh.

    Toboggan
  • can often produce wandering or a vague on-center feel. The contact patch size, shape and orientation on the stock tire is one thing, but now you've changed it in the following ways:

    The contact patch is shorter and wider, which creates less directional stability.
    The edges of the contact patch are farther from the center, which means small inputs at these edges have a longer "lever" to upset the car's direction.

    In addition, you should adjust the tire's pressure downward from the stock pressures on the door by a few psi. This simply accounts for the larger tire and may help your symptoms significantly. I'd also put the tire shop on notice that you're not happy and would like to know if they'll trade you down to the correct size. A good shop would do this and Big O is a national chain.

    IdahoDoug
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My A/C still works fine too, '98 with 53k miles. I cannot keep it on fan setting 4, else I'll end up like Frosty. I usually use 1, on a really hot day 2-3.

    -juice
  • All manuals are relatively harder to shift to 1st while in motion (some more than others). I find the WRX is easier to put into 1st while moving than my Honda Accord was (I can typically shift into 1st easily under 10mph while braking). The crunching is probably due to worn synchros (shifting down to 1st while in motion is pretty hard on them). If you double-clutch it, you can shift down to 1st with much less stress on the synchros (even at around 25mph, it goes right in -- I've done so on several occasions without any difficulty, though only to see if I could not really during normal driving)
  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    ateixeira Sep 24, 2002 3:23pm

    I thought the Legacy GT rides on 215s?

    -Dave
  • Went to the dealer today to pick up what I thought would be a set of 4 Outback cargo area hooks. Instead they'd gotten me a single pair of the little part that's welded onto the floorpan in the same area. Ah well, back to the drawing board - guess I'm back to looking for a 95 up Outback in a salvage yard - each hook comes off with a single bolt.

    While there, the normal parts guy was on vacation - the one that carefully showed me how the crush washer fits on the filter? The other guy was also nowhere in sight. So I asked the service guy temporarily running the counter about the crush washers for the oil filters. Blank look, followed by a measured "That's for the oil pan bolt". "Are you certain, because I was told by someone else here that they go around the threaded hole - he even showed me how they fit on the filter". "Nope, I do about 10 oil changes a day here and there is absolutely no crush washer needed on the factory filter."

    So. For those of you I unwittingly passed this information on to, please accept my apology. The crush washer goes on the drain plug as many have surmised. You can now all forget the crush washer incident ever happened, and I'll pretend I don't have one out in my garage. On my Legacy oil filter this very moment..... Must resist changing fresh synthetic oil at 800 miles.....I'm not really OCD......must resist..........heh

    IdahoDoug
  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    Doug, it's not going to hurt anything unless you tried tightening the filter down enough to actually crush the washer. If you did, then yeah your next change is going to be interesting. Nothing I haven't done before-- I've had to put a screwdriver through a filter a few times, once I cut the whole thing away with tin snips and tapped the filter boss itself. That one was a 2 day oil change... ;-)

    -Colin
  • stevekstevek Posts: 362
    Maybe if you inflate the larger tires to the max recommended air preassure by the tire manufacturer, will stiffens the sidewall up and take some of the side grooves off the pavement.
    Not sure if that works but I noticed better handling with the Potenzas at 35 psi than at 32 psi.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Try the double-clutching suggestion. Blip the throttle with the clutch released to match revs, get that flywheel spinning to match the engine, then it might let you pick 1st.

    But unless you are perfect you will wear down the synchro.

    -juice
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    No - I think they are 205/55R16, just like the WRX. The Forester uses 215s, though.

    So for a GT, 225/50 is a plus zero, but the diameter is the exact same, coincidentally.

    Don't overtighten the filter or you'll have an experience like Colin described. Don't ask how I know!

    -juice
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    Yeah, don't ever change your oil when you're angry about something. :-)

    Ken
  • I generally keep my oil filters on the loose side, and haven't had to use a filter wrench for the last 5 years or so since I started doing this. I go only a half turn from contact and haven't ever had a leak. But it's pure pleasure to simply reach in there and pull a filter off in 10 seconds..

    On the tire suggestion to increase pressure until some of the tire is no longer touching - this would not be advisable. Excess center wear, significant loss of traction, stress on the suspension and passengers from the hard ride, etc. Stick in the range of the mfrs suggested pressures, though 5psi over is certainly within the range if ya gotta have that precise turn in and don't mind the ride/wear.

    IdahoDoug
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