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Subaru Crew Problems & Solutions



  • I have a squeak/groan that emanates from inside the roof of my 00 GT wagon. It seems to come either from the center post of the roof rail or perhaps the moonroof.

    What part of my warranty covers this? the reason I ask is that I am nearing 12k miles.


  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    As soon as my wife starts talking about keeping her leased 99 OB Ltd or not, things start happening to it. It has 38,000 miles and out of warranty.
    - Engine rough at idle and accelerating between 25-45 mph. At first we thought it was the tires and had them rotated and the wheels balanced. It still happens even at idle. The unused seat belts rattle loudly if they're not secure. Could it be the engine mounts? Using different fuel or oil doesn't seem to help. I even tried an ECU reset. My '97 OBS purrs like a kitten.
    - Rear passenger window switch with faux :) wood trim keeps popping out. The left side of the trim doesn't "catch" when pushed in.
    - Interior Dome light works intermittently. The past two days it has been fine. All day Sunday it didn't work. Light bulb looks ok.

    Any tips appreciated.
  • If your problem is engine related I would think its covered under your 5yr/60K mi power train warranty. Good luck.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Dennis: rough idle is hard to say. Did you do a full 30k maintenance? That doesn't call for plugs or plug wires, so you could try changing those.

    I'd just use an epoxy for that wood trim. If there was a clip that broke, give Darlene a call and she'll track down the part #.

    For the dome light, I'd open it up and use a soutering iron to retouch the connections. Sometimes a hairline crack can cause an intermittent problem they way you describe.

  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    for the tips, juice.
    The 30k service was done. I believe the plugs were also changed because that particular dealer does more than the book calls for (my plugs were changed at 30k on my OBS). I'll check though.
    As for the plastic, I thought of gluing it but, I believe you would need access to it in case you have to fix the window button itself. Nothing looks broken but then again it could be.
  • subaru_teamsubaru_team Posts: 1,676
    Call me (actually us - I can be tough to reach). Groans - nope, shouldn't be happening - let's see what we can find out. If you are not happy with what you are being told, as the Rep. you speak to to review the file with me.

    Out of the 12/unlimited adjustment warranty - hey, we know everyone is working with limited time. Let us know and we'll see if we can help.

    Vibration - again, call us. The worse that can happen is that our Rep. will contact your dealer to see what the dealer has checked out.

    Overall - If you're not happy, let the Rep. know that you are a friend of mine. I'll look at the file to see if something was missed or if more can be done. No promises of course, because a dealer needs to be able to duplicate the problem. But, you have my honest commitment to help our Reps. do our best for all of you.
  • My Forester is a 5 speed. It does indeed have a
    chrome-clad tailpipe beautifier (any affect this
    has is purely aesthetic). Do Subaru's have a history with "cracked exhaust manifolds"? - sounds odd. At any rate, the car exhibited this behavior right out-of-the-box.
    My assumption is that there's a throttle regulation device of some kind (no shop manual to confirm) that may be the culprit. Either that or the EMC firmware needs an upgrade. Hey, maybe I've stumbled upon a manufacturers defect? Even the Japanese are guilty occasionally. Thanks...
    Mark K.
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    new2 - Thanks. Didn't think about the 5/60.

    Patti - A BIG thank you to you and SoA for really coming through on my clutch (and dealer service) problem. SoA's commitment to customer service really shone through in my case. Tom made me feel like I was SoA's only customer. I'm sure my wife and I will be a 2 'Ru family for a while. I should take you guys to dinner.:-)
  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    Do Subaru's have a history with "cracked exhaust manifolds"?

    Not really, but some 2.5RS are showing up that way and since it's the same engine I was curious. All of the ones I've heard reporting the header problem though had at least 15,000 miles on them though, so I doubt it's your problem.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Nice to hear your story, Dennis.

    Too bad I've never needed anything fixed! Well, I'll manage...

  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    FYI, I just posted a short technical description the EJ25 SOHC head over in the Impreza 2.5RS discussion in sportscars. I think the java shortcut to it is: >

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Thanks for sharing that. Cool stuff.

    I'm sure the DOHC Phase I looks a lot different. Your cam is in the center and controls both intake and exhaust valves.

    Ours has two, one each for intake/exhaust. That plus the rockers must be positioned quite differently. I believe we have smaller valves, too.

  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    Trey Cobb's tech article on the DOHC heads actually goes into considerable detail:

  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Thanks for your description. Very cool, and I learned a lot! That is actually one of the best packaging jobs I've seen -- they did a remarkable job actuating two cylinder's worth of valves with one camshaft, especially since it's packed into such a compact space. Really nice engineering.

  • Note that Honda, in particular, has been using forked camshaft followers and a single cam for quite some time both on their motorcycles and in their cars. In 1982 I bought a Honda XL350 enduro bike that had a single cam activating 4 valves using forked followers. In 1988 my mother bought a Honda 1600cc station wagon that had a single cam activating 16 valves, again using forked actuators.

    Subaru's innovation is the trick roller followers combined with the forked valve actuators. Looking at the heads, the differences between the old DOHC head and the new SOHC head show that the new head has some significant design advantages over the old head. The shallower valve angle allows better breathing and a more regular combustion chamber, allowing adjusting of the compression ratio more easily acomplished (if you're Subaru, at least, and can change your castings at will!), while having the camshaft in the middle, rather than at the top and bottom, allows more space at the top and bottom for the intake and exhaust ports. And the roller followers allow better breathing too by allowing the valves to open and close faster and thus spend less time in the partially-open and partially-closed states that don't breathe as much. Very impressive technology. Just important to realize that Subaru did not develop this technology from scratch -- there is significant cross-pollination of ideas between the Japanese auto and motorcycle manufacturers, and the ideas behind this head mostly originated with Honda (which first developed similar heads in 1982 or so for their enduro motorcycles).

    The only downside of the new heads is that you no longer have the hydraulic valve lash adjustment, meaning that the valve adjustment needs checking every 30,000 miles or so (or maybe even every 15,000 miles, no matter what the owner's manual says).

  • On the left tire it works fine stop to stop rolling back and forth in the driveway. I had to cut the test short when I realized it was 11:00 pm (my driveway runs right next to the neighbor's bedroom.) This is Santa Barbara, a pretty mild winter, you know?. I began to imagine my neighbor saying to his wife, "What the ..?? Mary, check it out - Chris is putting chains on his tires..!!??!!What in tarnation was the forecast?"
    Will try both in tandem at next chance but there seemed to be no clearance problem.

    Juice, re: your comment about the back end coming around down a hill if only the fronts had chains;
    Wouldn't the ABS let the rears roll at that point? Otherwise all FWD cars would need AW chains, right?

    chris out
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Eric - I used to own an '87 XL250. Yep, SOHC, 4 valves, just one cylinder.

    Chris - what if the brakes are not engaged at all, though? Imagine a long, winding down hill that you use lower gears so the brakes don't bake. That's what I meant.

    Hopefully the AWD would shift torque (in reverse?) to the front. Make sense?

  • dannykadannyka Posts: 115
    Hi all,

    I was just wondering what you guys/gals use to pump your tires up with. Hand pump? Foot pump? 12 volt? Gas station? Is there a brand that you use/recommend?

  • Air compressor. Can't beat it plus you will find a million other uses for it like scaring the crap out of your cat and exploding the neighbors beach ball. Great thing to put on your Christmas wish list. And next year... air tools!

  • I found a very small 12 volt air pump that fits inside the spare tire well of my Forester. It doesn't pump very fast (patience!), but it's nice to know that if I ever need my spare, I can get air into it (who ever checks their spare when they check the air in their tires?!). I think I got this air pump at some place like Walmart or Kmart, it's definitely not quality merchandise, but it works.
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