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Subaru Crew Problems & Solutions

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  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Does the AC work OK? I am wondering if you have a refrigerant leak.
  • ebony5ebony5 Posts: 142
    I have not tried it but I will tomorrow if possible. If that is the case want does repairing it entail. Thanks for the input.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Look for any damp areas, maybe carpet stains. Check the moonroof drains if you have that option. Check in the passenger footwell where most of the HVAC stuff sits.
  • leharveyleharvey Posts: 10
    Colin ... timing belt 'broke' as a result of the 'tensioner' attachement bolt breaking off. I posted this in a previous thread. Engine was taken apart and examined ... head checked .. no other damage other than valve being slightly bent .. the car ran fine after initial repair = good power, no hesitation or other issues. Returned to shop after 1000 miles for valve re-adjustment and now the issues.. have been out of town for a week but intend to return car for re-check - I have used this auto shop for many years .. several differant cars and they have always been good to work with so will see what we can find.
    thanks for response ..
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My sister's brake light bulb went out on her 03 Forester. There are actually 4 total, 2 per side. It was the lower one on the left side.

    Interestingly, my '98 has an access panel and you go from the inside of the car to do this.

    On the 03, you actually remove the taillight. Two 10mm bolts hold it in place, once you remove those you pull the entire taillight assembly away from the car, it has 3 snaps and it sort of "pops" out of place. Don't pull too hard, because the wires are still connected.

    Changed the bulb in no time, and then reversed the process.

    Just found it funny that the 1998 and 2003 models are entirely different in this regard. :confuse:
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,403
    That is strange. I think I would prefer the interior access covers, but then again a couple of the covers on my '96 were destroyed as a result of plentiful use of the cargo area... :blush:
  • ebony5ebony5 Posts: 142
    Embarrassed to say a bottle of Subaru Fuel Injection Cleansor broke open in one of my bags in the back of the vehicle. Since I was away for a week the liquid and/or its odor permeated everything. I have replaced the carpeting and thrown away the bags and their contents;rain jacket, blanket etc. I even had a Subaru Winter Weather Kit which I had to jettison. Even my jumper cables smell, but I have not thrown them out yet. Oh well better to replace things than to drive in a toxic car.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Bummer, sorry to hear that. :sick:

    Buy a box of baking soda and keep that in the cargo area. In fact do that all the time, regardless.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,403
    Ick! At least you found it, though!

    A small Rubbermaid "Rough Tote" works wonders for storing emergency/maintenance equipment in the back of the car. It is spill proof, portable, and compact - for next time, anyway. :D
  • erics6erics6 Posts: 684
    I prefer the removal of the tail light. I've replaced bulbs with access panels that are a pain in the ###! Maybe thee new way ss cheaper to repair in an accident?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I guess the new one is more modular.

    It seemed to seal well, the area wasn't dirty at all. So it works. :)
  • daysailerdaysailer Posts: 711
    Does anyone have a source for Subaru OEM Shop manuals? I just did a search and found Subaru very poorly represented - mostly the Haynes/Chilton aftermarket (and usually very geric) manuals.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    You can buy it directly online from SOA and download it to your computer. You can buy parts or the whole thing I think.

    -mike
  • daysailerdaysailer Posts: 711
    Thanks. I had found the subscription download section on the SOA site but had not drilled down far enough to learn that "hard-copy" purchases were also available. The bad news is that the price is exhorbitant! $278 without TSBs or OBDII information which is only available by subscription.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    $278 is fairly cheap as far as OEM manuals go. I believe I paid close to $500 for the SVX Shop manuals. My Isuzu one was $350 or $400.

    -mike
  • daysailerdaysailer Posts: 711
    My Miata manual was $55!!!!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    From Mazda, though?

    I have the Chilton's manual for the Miata and let me say, IT STINKS!

    It's so useless that I don't embark on *any* project without getting a 2nd set of instructions from another source, usually on-line.

    The amount of help for even a simple brake job was rather pathetic.

    You do get what you pay for. :sick:
  • leo2633leo2633 Posts: 589
    I used to buy the factory shop manuals for all my cars (from Helm, I believe), dating back to my 1969 Ford Falcon. The last one I bought was for my wife's 2000 Honda Odyssey, which set me back about $50.00. My 2001 Forester was the first vehicle I ever owned where one wasn't readily (and affordably) available.

    Len
  • daysailerdaysailer Posts: 711
    Not "from" Mazda, but it was the OEM manual offered by an aftermarket retailer. And that's the point, I can't find an aftermarket source for Subaru manuals. Honda and others offer their manuals through Helms as mentioned above. And yes, The Chilton/Haynes manuals that I have seen are near worthless, providing a lot of generic filler material interspersed with a bit of brand specific info.

    Subaru apparently wishes to discourage owner maintenance, a pity!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I believe that the manuals offered by Subaru are well worth the money. They are very very specific and detailed. I have the helms manual which was the "OEM" one for my trooper and while it's good, it does not provide the full details that the SOA manuals contain. By the way if you are working on a specific part or area you can download just that part for a fee from SOA. So for someone like myself who never will do internals on my engine, no need for me to get that portion.

    There is very little maintenance that needs to be done on these cars, so I'm not sure why you think they are discouraging owner maintenance.

    -mike
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They don't - peek under your hood and you'll see that all the fluid filler necks are capped with bright yellow lids. Oil, dipstick, windshield washer, clutch, brake, PS, even ATF and gear oil.

    Any deeper than that and they want you to come in for service with their trained mechanics, naturally. We pay below invoice for cars so this is the only way they can make money and stay in business!
  • daysailerdaysailer Posts: 711
    All of the OEM manuals that I have purchased in the past 40 years have been very detailed and model specific, but they were not so expensive. And, unless I've missed something, the individual sections are not priced for download, rather, you must subscribe to the service for a minimum price of ~$35 for 72hrs. Not that I'll live long enough to download them over "dial-up" and without a computer in the garage, an electronic copy is of limited value.

    Although I don't expect the Impreza to require more than fluid changes in the near future, eventually there will be routine maintenance for which a munual is useful, e.g. brake maintenance, timing belt changes, etc., even if one never messes with "engine internals". And there is always the possibility of failure, however remote, that would leave you at the mercy of dealer service (I expect to own the car much longer than the warranty).

    Lastly, I like to become familiar with any machine that I own, particulary one such as the Subaru that is different in many ways from my previous vehicles, and I know of no better source than a shop manual.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    All of the OEM manuals that I have purchased in the past 40 years have been very detailed and model specific, but they were not so expensive. And, unless I've missed something, the individual sections are not priced for download, rather, you must subscribe to the service for a minimum price of ~$35 for 72hrs. Not that I'll live long enough to download them over "dial-up" and without a computer in the garage, an electronic copy is of limited value.

    Well in this day and age, the "dial-up" excuse doesn't hold water, it is 2007! Eventually if you like it or not you'll need to come into the computer age, I'm not trying to be harsh, but it's just a reality. What I did was downloaded all the sections I thought I would need in that 72hr period, then I have them on my computer. Simply print out the pages you want to use and take em to the garage with you. One of the distinct advantages is that you can take it under the car with you and get it all dirty, and throw it out when you are done!

    -mike
    "Get on board the technology train, or it'll knock you down!" :)
  • daysailerdaysailer Posts: 711
    "Excuse"?? I am and have been well entrenched in the "computer age", but where I live the only broad band available is a single, overpriced, cable company. Their prices are indeed "Comcastic"!
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,403
    The Chilton/Haynes manuals that I have seen are near worthless, providing a lot of generic filler material interspersed with a bit of brand specific info.

    I will agree with you regarding the Chilton manuals, but my experience with a Haynes manual for my '96 Outback was very positive. Considering all the work I did on that car, there were only a couple times that I had to fumble through something because it was unknown to me and was not covered in detail. I had no complaints, and neither did the car (after it was repaired, that is!). ;)
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,403
    I am and have been well entrenched in the "computer age", but where I live the only broad band available is a single, overpriced, cable company. Their prices are indeed "Comcastic"!

    I hear ya there. If you can believe it, there is no option other than dial-up at my location other than the option mentioned below, which is prohibitively expensive. I do have a decent connection at work, so admittedly I use the connection to my advantage from time to time. :blush:

    I have some friends who live in the wilderness along the Yukon River near Ruby, and they have something called "Star Band." Spendy, but it puts them in contact with the world whereas otherwise their nearest neighbor is about 7 miles downriver!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'm not trying to bust on anyone about the internet, I'm just saying that as things go forward there will be more and more things that are only available "online" and online with a highspeed connection at that. Chilton manuals are worthless, I have similar ones for my boat that basically give instructions like "remove transmission" or "remove outdrive"

    -mike
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    "Comcastic" is a terrible slogan. It always makes me think of "bombastic" rather than "fantastic".
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    What you do it get 3 neighbors to split the cost, and get a really good wireless router... :D
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    You might try e-mailing one of the online Subaru parts places like allsubaru.com to see what kind of a price they can give you. Accessories are cheaper this way, so maybe the shop manual would be, too. They may not list it in their online catalog, but I bet they could get it.
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