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Subaru Crew Problems & Solutions

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That's cool that there is an access panel now. I had to cut mine. ;-)

    -juice
  • yeah - gives good access to both the drain plug screw & the filter. my only problem was my crappy (from apartment days) rachet set didn't have a big enough rachet so while the car was up on the ramps - had to take the other vehicle out to the local hardware store & grab some bigger rachets - think it took a 17mm or 18mm - my old set only went to 16mm. oh well - at least now i have it for the future ;)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yeah, I think it's 17mm. Mine goes to 19mm, but I went out and bought 20, 22, and 24. I think they skip the 21 and 23 mm sizes.

    I've used the 20 and 22 for wheel lugs on my cars, it's great with the torque wrench. And you just mentioned another case where I think a 2nd or even 3rd car is key.

    -juice
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    The access panel sounds nice. Wonder if you could fit one from a 2003 onto a 1998.

    Ken
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,729
    After putting a few hundred miles on the new wheels / winter tires, I pulled out the torque wrench to check them (as recommended by both Subaru and Tire Rack). I originally did them to 72lb-ft with my 'click' wrench.

    In retrospect, I wish I had pulled out the 'beam' wrench to check what they were actually at before retightening them. I doubt they were much over 30-40. Took a good 1/4 turn to get them back to 72.

    Steve
  • jfljfl Posts: 1,335
    Wow Steve, good thing you checked the torque. Having lost a wheel in a past life, I know it's not fun.

    OTOH, I've since learned that as long as you do NOT use anti-seize or anything on the lug nuts, they stay pretty tight.

    Jim
  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    Thank god you checked those lugs Steve. Looks like you might get to test those tires on ice Thursday AM. I plan on installing the K&N filter and maybe plugs and fluid changes over the holiday. I will probably retorque my tires also.

    Greg
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Just rotated mine so I'm fine for a while. I'll check again in spring when I take them off for a fresh coat of wax.

    -juice
  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    a slight pulsing of the brakes again. Remember, the original rotors were warped brand new. The replacement ones warped and were cut a few months ago. Now a slight pulsing is there, although it is not getting worse. This is the reason I am going to check the torque. Also, finding a little tapping/piston slap/whatever from the right side when the car is cold for about 1-2 minutes in the AM. Thing is the car sits in a heated (50F)garage all night with Mobil 1 in the crankcase.

    Greg
  • I'm shopping between the two model years. Is the '97 2.5L more reliable than the '96 model year? What difference is there besides the output spec and 87oct vs. 89oct fuel requirement. BTW, what acount for the diffrences? thanks.
  • dudedude Posts: 123
    Well, got my car back from 60K service yesterday. Dealer said everything looks good. One thing I did notice was that the car was doing less piston slapping before it's warm. I'll do more observations and let you know but I was quite surprised.
  • dudedude Posts: 123
    Also, I forgot to mention this before here but for those who have power antennas and it's sticking sometimes I found a little recipe. Long time ago I bought Prolong Engine Treatment pack which had Prolong Super Lubricant can. The last time when my antenna wouldn't go down all the way I figured I'd give it a shot and lube the antenna. Since then it never given me a problem. I clean it every 2 weeks or so, so that dirt isn't accumulated.
  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    dude, regarding the slapping did you happen to check your oil level before servicing the car?

    being a little low will result in excessive valvetrain noise.

    -Colin
  • dudedude Posts: 123
    The slapping noise was consistent since I bought the car and I'd change the oil regularly and the last time I checked 3 weeks ago or so it wasn't low.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd ask what weight of oil they used, sounds like it worked nicely. Of course they did other stuff that might have made the difference.

    -juice
  • skiweeskiwee Posts: 28
    lapel pin down the center front windshield defroster on my Baja. Any ideas on how to retrieve it without taking the dash apart?
    Bet this is the first time anyone ever asked this question. Thanks.
    Mike
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Not sure, Luk, haven't had to do that yet. I'd say all of them, though. If anything, on the boxer the oil would be more likely to leak from a lower seal, where the oil would sit when the engine is off.

    I'd get the '97 for the 10 extra horses and the fuel savings. Reliability is very likely similar.

    I forget the exact changes, but I think they simplified the valvetrain and the intake.

    -juice
  • nygreg,

    I had brake pulsing, usually slowing from high speeds. Doing my 30K service, I noticed my rotors had some grooving, but were not warped. The pads had plenty of life left and didn't have grooves. I block sanded the rotors, not to remove the grooves, but to get a cleaner surface. I then replaced the brake fluid, bleeding lots and lots of fluid through each wheel cylinder. The pulsing went away after all this. It is now about 4K past and the pulsing is starting to become noticable again.

    I think a combination of soft rotors and brake fluid contamination are the culprit on my car. Yours could be similar.

    -Brett
  • I have not seen any Baja in the city yet. I will know it is you, Mike. If there is WRX driving next to you closely, it may be me. lol

    -Luk
  • skiweeskiwee Posts: 28
    I keep the Baja in Sherman, Ct (near New Milford)
    You can't miss it. It's the bright yellow one. I've only seen one so far when I drove up to Maine. Love it except clutch is grabby in first-takes some getting used to. Have you found that quirk with your WRX?
    Mike
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