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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,232

    And if you have two relays in there with exactly the same part numbers, you can switch them out for a test.

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  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085

    If the AC system was ever totally empty... and was not properly dessicated before recharging... then there may be moisture in the system.

    Why do I tell you this? Becasue your symptoms point to moisture in the system. After running fine for a short time, the water in the system can FREEZE and plug-up the orface-valve. At that point, the HIGH side goes to max pressure while the LOW side goes very low... and no cooling takes place.

    All AC systems contain a "dryer" unit which is supposed to desiccate the moisture from the system. Perhaps your Dryer is saturated.

  • stackman1stackman1 Posts: 53

    Yes. I don't think it was ever totally depleted but I could be wrong. I also was wondering if it could be icing. I mean why would the compressor work great for 5 minutes but not blow cold after that - even though the compressor is engaged? Then wait 10 minutes - run it again - good for 5 minutes etc...

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,232

    Yes it could be icing--that points to low freon or clogged orifice tube. If you are icing, you should see it on the dryer. Also you could have totally gunked up condenser and radiator fins--time for a pressure wash if you see that.

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  • stackman1stackman1 Posts: 53

    Is the drier on the 2002 Impreza OBS in the dash with the evaporator? I dont see it.

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,232

    No I think it's probably on the right inner fender area, in front though I'm not sure. The proper name is "receiver dryer".

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  • stackman1stackman1 Posts: 53

    There is a silver cylinder running the full length of the right side of my condenser. It is about 1.5" in diameter. I am hoping this is it - might take pic in morning. I read that in the 2001-2002 time period they moved the receiver/dryer from inside the condenser to the outside. I bought my 2002 in August of 2001 - go figure. It seems like a pretty solid and lengthy tube....I don't know - the ones I have seen look like smaller soda cans.

  • stackman1stackman1 Posts: 53

    Looks like my receiver/dryer while external to the condenser is integrated directly into it. There are no lines just soldered ports every few inches up the side of the condenser.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,563

    For those towing or hauling heavy loads, I must highly (HIGHLY) recommend King springs. I picked up a set for ~$500 ("standard" height for 2009+ Forester) and am only sorry that I did not buy them at least a year sooner! They are worth every penny, my friends!

    Check out the difference:

    July 2010 fishing trip:

    July 2014 fishing trip (essentially the same load):

    Spring Comparison:

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,246
    edited August 1

    I gotta go with the silver springs myself. Anything but chums.

    (sorry, a little Alaskan humor there....)

    Got a little seat time in my sister's '05 Forester today. It has a bit over 170,000 miles and is driving great (she just got new tires on it). She's a bit concerned that it may be starting to burn some oil, but her mechanic eyeballed it ans saw nothing wrong. She used a fast lube joint for the last oil change and I'm wondering if they simply didn't top it up. I had the usual issue trying to get a good read on a Subaru dipstick.

    She wants a MINI but is afraid of the reliability, and a Crosstrek has been on her radar for a year now.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,563

    Just be careful out there and don't park too long in the wrong neighborhood..... ;)

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  • Took the car to the dealer only to learn that the few drops of oil on our garage floor are from an HG leak, both sides. 2009 Forester Limited, purchased new 7/08 with 69.9 now on the odometer. Tech appears to have missed the leaking in July when he changed the oil and did a multipoint inspection. Always serviced at the dealer. My wife's third Subaru and first HG leak.

    Shocked that this is a problem on an 09 with low mileage. Good part is that the cost will be picked up by the Subaru 7/100 extended warranty.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,563

    Took the car to the dealer only to learn that the few drops of oil on our garage floor are from an HG leak, both sides.

    Sadness!

    I should check my car's HGs again. I know it was seeping a couple years back, but could not get dealer to confirm. I wonder if they've developed into anything more than that now. 77K on the odo.

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,246
    I'm still surprised that I dodged that bullet on my '97 over the years. Bummer @snowbelter. :(

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  • sgloonsgloon Posts: 322
    Hi, all!

    A few years back, someone mentioned about a place to get some good all weather type floor mats. The ones that I got from Subaru for my 2010 wore thru in only a few years, so I am looking for some recommendations for good sturdy floor mats for my 2010 Forester? Thanks!
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,246
    edited September 29
    @sgloon , hey stranger, lost track of you. We wound up in Las Cruces a month ago and are really liking it. Sold off the old '97 Outback before leaving Michigan.

    The mats you are thinking of are likely the WeatherTech brand.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,563
    sgloon said:

    I am looking for some recommendations for good sturdy floor mats for my 2010 Forester? Thanks!

    Yes! MacNeill Weathertech is the way to go! I bought a complete set for my 2010 Forester upon purchase, and they are still holding up very well (perfectly?) after five years and about 77K miles.

    I am not thrilled with the fit of the back seat floor liner because it tends to slip forward a little, but I put some anti-slip matting under it and that makes all the difference. My kids are absolutely brutal on that back seat!

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  • sgloonsgloon Posts: 322
    Yes! That was the brand I was trying to recall. Thanks! Unfortunately, I checked their website and they say they are not currently making the all weather for the 2010.. Boo! Perhaps I'll wait a bit to see if they are just redesigning them. I only 'need' the front driver side as there others are in good shape.

    Thanks! XWESX
  • sgloonsgloon Posts: 322
    @stever Hey, Stever!!! I think I lost track of myself, too! How is LasCruces? You are not too, too far, you'll have to come visit on your travels. Of course, I love Ojo Caliente, although I think that is a ways from Las Cruces? Have ya run the Rio Grand? If no outback, what do you have now? I'll have to send ya a note later. Hope all is well!
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,246
    edited September 30
    LC is great! Spent a whole day soaking at Ojo on the drive down (camped there two nights). Did the Racetrack section in June and swam Big Rock (sold our last canoe a couple of months before that). The old van acted up and the AC quit, so we "downsized" to one car, an '09 Grand Caravan, and moved two loads out here in it and one load to Chattanooga, and sold the rest of our stuff.

    Trying to get a place on a rough "private" road - may be wishing for another Subaru when it washes out.

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  • sgloonsgloon Posts: 322
    Love Ojo, hope to be there in a couple months if all goes well. Caravan easy to haul your stuff in...but I have seen some of those NM roads...you will want another subie...but by then, you can get rid of the caravan as you have moved already. Ha! I'm trying to get rid of stuff. How did you do it? Garage sale, craigslist? You can always rent a canoe when you want to go...not so much water in/near LC.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,246
    Basically we sold our house with everything in it. And yeah, we plan for the van to be a short timer. But ask me again in a year. :)

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  • sgloonsgloon Posts: 322
    Wow! Didn't know people would do that. Makes it much easier for you, and not as much stuff to move. You must to down to next to nothing. Looms?
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,246
    edited September 30
    Yep, saved a few sentimental things, bikes and camping gear, and left the rest behind. A newly divorced guy snapped the house right up and wanted everything, so I didn't have to try to parcel stuff out. I had borrowed a ~36" Finish barn loom the last year in the UP, having sold my big floor loom the year before. Gave that back so am between looms, but my wife has her smallish tapestry loom. It's pretty portable and lightweight. Going to wait until we get settled to get one for myself. Lots of weavers down here so it shouldn't be too hard to find a nice used one.

    Oh, we managed to make a deal to get the bedroom set and antique Mexican dining room table in this house we're trying to buy. We'll buy some patio furniture for the living room to tide us over while we hunt for real furniture. Yet another reason to keep the van a while.

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  • sgloonsgloon Posts: 322
    Another question for my Subaru experts: TIRES? Brand/Model? I'll need new ones for my 2010 Forester after I replace the struts. Any suggestions on brand/type that handle well with this car. The ones that came with it are so-so. I do still have some mileage left to make a decision. I have the 17" version. I might consider switching to 16" wheels at the same time to make it easier to put things on the roof, but not sure if it would be worth it at this point as I do like the clearance. Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks!
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,246
    edited September 30
    Me again - I really liked the Nokian WR-G2s I put on my '97 Outback. All weather tires. You may want something a bit more aggressive up your way near Denver, but I liked the Nokians so well, I put a set on the Quest. It still was lousy in the snow but the wet weather performance was much improved. The Subie plowed through anything with them.

    Did I mention we got around 240 inches of snow last winter? We weren't the only ones who left town this summer, lol.

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  • sgloonsgloon Posts: 322
    WOW!! 240 inches! No wonder you left for the dry heat. Of course, it was 80 here yesterday.

    I hadn't even thought about that brand. Thanks, Stever. I remember hearing about them a long time ago. It was favorable then as well. I'll check 'em out.
  • jfljfl Posts: 1,355
    "I might consider switching to 16" wheels at the same time to make it easier to put things on the roof,"

    If you properly size your tires, switching to 16" whls would put you on 215/65R16 96H tires (instead of 225/55R17 95H). The effective diameter would be almost identical. It won't lower the car.

    I've used several sets of Continental Extreme Contact DWS on my previous Subaru thru 260,000+ miles.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,563
    Quite true on the tire size!

    I use that size (215/65R16) on my Forester for its winter tires, which are Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT now. The last set of UGI tires I had on it, which were a prior version, lasted 31,000 miles and five winters (with six months of use each year), wearing from 13/32 down to 7/32 over that time. To contrast, I tried Continental ExtremeWinterContact tires on my Escort and they lasted only about 20,000 miles. I am now trying Blizzak WS70 on my Fiesta and it looks like they will also run about 20K, perhaps a little less.

    Add to this the fact that the UGI have far and away better deep snow traction than either of these two brands, and they are the clear winner for me. I hope/expect that the current UGI WRT will last and perform on par with the last set.

    Honestly, I have not run all-seasons year-round for several years now, so I don't have a good basis for recommending a set at this point. I have been quite happy with the performance and longevity of Goodyear's TripleTread. I have a set on my Forester now (225/55R17) that I use during the "summer" season, as well as having used that tire as the last year-round all-season on my '96 Outback.
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  • shopdog97shopdog97 Posts: 155
    I have a question I'd like to ask for a friend at work who recently bought a 2002 Outback with the 3.0 6 cylinder motor. He got the car pretty cheap because the head gasket(s) need to be replaced. Other than that he says the car is in really good shape. He's an excellent mechanic and has the motor torn down and is in the process of finding a good machine shop to do the head work. He tells me that he can't find the torque specs for the head bolts; he'll be using new ones of course, but he can't fine the torque spec for the 3.0 motor(He tells me he can find all the info on the 2.5 motor (4cyl) but not this 3.0. I suggested a trip to our local Subaru dealer and he says he will eventually do that if he can't find out this info on line anywhere. Does anyone KNOW the torque specifications for the 3.0 engine, or can you steer me in the right direction to find this info? Thanks!!!!
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