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Subaru Crew Problems & Solutions



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

  • 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.

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


    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.

  • 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. :-)

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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