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  • mnfmnf Spokane WaPosts: 405
    Hi , I have a problem on my 2004 Forester front speakers I had new aftermarket ones put in just after purchase that now the left one stopped working. The tweeter and rear are working just not the front left. Should I take it in or could it be a wire that I can get to my self without messing things up. Thanks for any suggestions....
  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    The most likely causes are wiring or a mechanical/thermal fault with the front left speaker. It could be the deck (cd receiver) but that's a lot less likely.

    If you have never done it before, I would not recommend disassembling the door panel to get to the speaker unless you feel pretty comfortable as a hobbyist mechanic / DIYer.

  • Craig,

    Yeah, I have the same thought in the back of my head. Personally, I REALLY want the Xterra, but I am not the only one who is going to be in the car all the time. I do have to take into account my girlfriend's opinion, as we all know what would happen if the fairer gender is not happy... She don't really like the Xterra, only because it has a high step in height and she is short, and it's on a truck chasis while she is used to the smooth ride of the Forester, and she thinks it's too big :confuse: . I am still trying to sell her on the Xterra, there has to be middle ground there somewhere. ;)

    To still be on topic, the Forester's engine is still running fine, I noticed that if I get the engine thru that 2K - 2.5K rpm range quickly I don't get the rattling noise. Of course my MPG would suffer abit.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    On the '98 Forester the grille cover is plastic and basically just pops off. I wonder if it's the same for yours.


    I'd suspect the connection right at the speaker.

  • mnfmnf Spokane WaPosts: 405
    Yea it looks like its all one unit with the door panel I guess I will have to take it in as not having full sound is not a option. Thanks for the help... Matt
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 9,958
    I agree with Craig... extended warranties can be purchased so it is better to get the car you find the best fit for you (and your girlfriend!) ESPECIALLY if you plan to keep it for a "long time." From what I can tell, the new Frontier (extends to X-Terra?) is a very solid vehicle, but be careful with Nissan as they will not give an inch on the warranty, even if something is a blatant mfg defect. They honor the warranty, but don't expect to get any help if your odometer is at 36,001 and something fails. ;)
    2013 Volkwagen Passat TDI, 2008 and 2010 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • smittynycsmittynyc Posts: 291
    Our 2004 Forester 2.5X with 205XX miles suffered a flat last night, front right. I'm not sure what caused it -- the roads around here are already so bad right now, I'm genuinely afraid of how they're going to look after a couple freeze/thaw cycles.

    Anyway, I've got the full-size spare on there now, and I need to have someone look at the tire to determine if it can be fixed. If I pressure down the spare to match the other three, I ought to be all right driving for a few dozen or so miles, yes?

    (Extra credit question: if the flat can't be repaired, any all-season replacements to recommend? I don't care about noise, handling and snow/water performance are my priorities.)


  • bgsntthbgsntth Posts: 89
    I'm with Larry. It is the urethane bushings that are squeeking, which is an unfortunate consequence of most urethane bushings. Whiteline baffles their urethane bushings, and I think Hotchkis has a little nipple built-in so that you can periodically insert grease. I know others have had squeek problems with Perrin, so you might try Teflon tape in addition to the lithium grease.
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,770

    I don't know if newer Foresters have a limited slip rear diff, but if they do, you will cause the least amount of rotational disturbance if you rotate the odd tire to the front. And yes, in theory, removing a few lbs will compensate for the slightly thicker tread (greater circumference).

    I'll pass on the extra credit part!

  • The 2004 Forester X does not have the limited slip rear differential (XS & XT do).

    But if you get really concerned about the effects of a different sized spare on your wheels, read up in your owner's manual on using a fuse to change your vehicle from AWD to FWD.

  • rsginnrsginn Posts: 2
    I have read these boards till I am crosseyed and I can't find the solution to my problem - I see lots of others with the problem though so I am not sure if it is encouraging or not.

    In February I had my 2002 Outback Cleaned (engine power washed too - I know big mistake don't remind me) right after I did that ALL my indicator lights came on and the car died within two days. I live overseas so they had to order my part (alternator) - they replaced it - no issues till Sept. I left to go to the states for a month and when I returned the indicator lights came on again - just brake and battery this time. The car died the next day. They ordered ANOTHER alternator and it died in 5 min. So they ordered a third (I am without a car for a month at this point and my husband is deployed to Iraq - what fun). I picked it up yesterday - the car started and THE INDICATOR LIGHTS CAME ON!!! These guys are not Subaru people and I don't have a dealer here - The car is dead again and I am at a loss - so are they. Can anyone tell me if they have figured this problem out?

    Thanks for your help. :cry:
  • Is that the sibling to the Hyndai Tuscon or Sante Fe? If so it should be a good car as the Hyndai's appear to be improving to the point of becoming a major player. I am not saying they are quite as refined at this point but they soon may have a good enough reputation to increase their prices to that of Toyota/Nissan/Honda/Subaru and lower their overall warranties. We considered a Tuscon and Sante Fe which are selling very cheap and have a 5/60K bumper to bumper warranty that you can extend to 10 years. You likely can buy a better equipped one with an extended warranty for less money than a Subaru/Toyota etc. without an extended warranty. The big question: Is it worth the aggravation of having a bumper to bumper warranty if you are conatantly in the shop for repairs....dropping the car, getting the dealer to experience the problem etc can all be a drag...I went thru this with my old Mystique. It was a wonderfull car to drive but always in the shop. Most work was warranted but it still was a pain. Still I think Hyndai's might be worth a shot, everyone seems to like them and I have hear very few horror stories. The continue to improve and I have seen no signs of that changing.

    Why did we turn away? A new Sante Fe is coming and we did not want to wait (it was suppose to get real big too), gas mileage on the Tuscon I thought was questionable, and finally a great offer on a Forester or Outback in my part of the country. (Plus the wife was surprisingly agreeable to the F or O after wanting a sit-up high SUV)

    Good luck!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Nope, the Suzuki doesn't share any parts with Hyundai or Kia.

    Perhaps you were thinking of the Reno, which is build in Korean at GM-DAT (formerly Daewoo) and badged as a Suzuki. Daewoo was never related to Hyundai or Kia, though.

    rsginn: you must have some sort of electrical short. That's not an easy problem to trace, but I'd have a dealer look at that before replacing another alternator.

  • sschmidsschmid Posts: 28
    What does mods+scooby MEAN !
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 9,958
    I agree that it must be a short outside of the alternator. Perhaps some water was forced into the fuse panel that is under the hood or some other location? Something sounds most likely corroded, but again, it will be tough to trace the exact point of failure. The best option may be to find a schematic of the wiring system and trace the lines for the alternator's regulator feedback system to start.
    2013 Volkwagen Passat TDI, 2008 and 2010 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • usmc2usmc2 Posts: 1
    Hi. I just got back from Iraq myself and I understand how hard it can be for you.
    Ithink there is a short somewhere in the electrical system and it causes your system to overload and all kinds of problems can come from there. Your car has bunch of plugs attached to engine harness and sensors. If I was working on your car I would disengage all the plugs and air blow inside each of them. After that I would monitor voltage and how battery is getting charged by alternator.
    Short isn't easy think to find but not impossible.
    Good luck!
  • rsginnrsginn Posts: 2
    Thanks for the ideas - I have turned it over to the Germans to try and figure it out - they don't make the best cars in the world for nothing! - Welcome home and thanks for your service.
  • sschmidsschmid Posts: 28
    I figured it out Thanks !! everything I needed to know was there.
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,770
    What you received was 'secret code'. The rules of engagement here prohibit the spelling out of another sites name, such as you did. Our hosts reserve the right to delete your post.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 9,958
    Hahah... yes, and considering how unreliable their cars are, they should have plenty of practice with troubleshooting! :P
    2013 Volkwagen Passat TDI, 2008 and 2010 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Yes, welcome home and thanks!

  • jfljfl Posts: 1,374
    "The rules of engagement here prohibit the spelling out of another sites name"

    Especially sites that have forums! They have a great photo how-to section.

    Glad you figured it out.

  • rose8rose8 Posts: 1
    Having the same problem with my 06 Forester. Two months old. Took it in for my first oil change noticed a very loud noise in the rear as well as smoke coming from the engine. Called the service dept. and was told just a little oil spill, would burn off soon and noise was normal. Well after a week still smoking and making noise insisted it be checked! -recalled leaking oil filter and only after I had three different techs checked the noise the manager said it was the fuel pump and would replace it!

  • I'm VERY interested in the '05 Outback 3.0R Sedan, but the handbrake digs into my leg when I'm driving. I'm sure I'm not the fist person to notice this problem. Does anyone know of any modifications that can be performed to move it about an inch to the right?

    At the dealer, we looked at the whole handbrake assembly, and it seems like the whole thing is set up at an angle. I wonder why Subaru did this? Such a shame to ruin such a wonderful car. Any help or advice would be very much appreciated.
  • smittynycsmittynyc Posts: 291
    Thanks to all for the feedback.

    This story has a happy ending -- the tire had a nice clean puncture in the tread caused by a nail or screw or stray bullet or heaven knows what. It was easily patched, and the fine folks at Mavis Tires rebalanced it, reinstalled it, and equalized the pressure on the other three tires for the grand sum of $14.25 (with tax). They opined that the OEM tires looked like they had plenty of life left, too.

    A pleasant turn of events considering I walked in the place fearing the worst, ready to cough up $500.
  • Have been advised that using snow tires will cause the computer to have problems analyzing traction and therefore will not do as well as with all season tires. Also snows are taller and have different imprint that the AWD system cannot adjust to. Please comment.
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Nope, I think you got incorrect info -- you can use any tire as long as they are all the same size (and of course the "correct" size is important too if you want the speedometer to read correctly). Many, many people run winter tires on their Subarus.

  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    In my case, if I slide my leg to the right as far as I can, the side of my calve hits the center console before my thigh hits the brake lever. But in a comfortable driving position, there's a good 1-2" of space. For reference, I'm 6-1 225lb and my seat is all the way back. Do you have the seat very far forward?

    If you pull up the handbrake boot (it pops up vertically) you can see the lever. It's metal. I am guessing it could be bent (perhaps heated first) to give more room. Maybe ask the dealer if they would do that for you. I do agree that it has a definite "outward" angle to it.

  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    I guess I shouldn't have used snows on the 5 Subarus I have purchased then! Whoever told you this is smoking some great stuff! Just make sure the tire size is correct(actually its better to be a little narrower but try keep the diameter the same)
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,770
    Actually, quite the opposite is true! The better grip and less slippage of snows in bad weather will come as welcome relief to the AWD system, as it will have far less work to do at keeping you safe!

    The only 'computer' issue you might run into could be the lack of a tire pressure warning transducer if you get your snows mounted on a set of aftermarket rims.

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