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Subaru Crew Problems & Solutions

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    I am shocked that your lights have lasted this long! On my '96 with 207K, to the right of the instrument cluster (HVAC, radio, etc), the only lights that still work are the blue A/C light (when button pushed in), the stereo display (clock, radio station display), and the CD display (mine has the second DIN Panasonic single CD). I had my first back light in the instrument cluster go out about 4 months ago. It rarely bothers me any more, probably because I never need to look at the controls anyhow. Should the dash continue to lose them, I will probably make the effort to replace the whole lot. :sick:
  • kat95kat95 Posts: 49
    Your right blinker too fast means the light needs to be replaced on the outside of the vehicle. This happened to me. To confirm turn on your right blinker and look at both the front and rear blinker lights to see which one needs replacing. Hope this helps. :)
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    The ONLY mechanic in IL ever to receive a Senior Master Tech
    certificate from Subaru now runs his own shop - Import Motors in Schaumburg. He
    used to work for the Audi Subaru dealer on Golf till they ditched
    Subaru (then Subaru Schaumburg appeared a few years later)
    Those bozzos in Schaumburg Subaru used to call him up to get help
    till the boss there even banned selling parts to him.
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Dang I'm an idiot! I totally forgot about that stupid switch on the steering column and it makes perfect sense since the car wash guys wiped down the interior. I suppose that's fitting punishment for my stooping to use a car wash in the first place. In addition, I'm guessing that my membership in the OCD club has been permanently revoked :P

    -Frank
  • samiam_68samiam_68 Posts: 775
    Exact same thing happened to me in my old Legacy at a car wash. I noticed it right away, and the guy at the car wash was a Subie owner himself - pointed me to the switch right away. :surprise:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    No, but you're on probation. ;)

    -juice
  • mb789mb789 Posts: 89
    I bought a 2006 Forester in April. I have noticed when I switch the key to start the engine, I hear a clicking or slight hum noise -- is this the fuel pump? The car starts fine, but sometimes when the car is running I have begun to hear a slight hum noise that sounds like it's coming from the rear of the car either near the muffler or gas tank -- you can't hear it when the radio is on -- is this normal for Subarus? Also, the car has just over 1,000 miles on it, and after I drive it I can still smell a slight burning smell like new engine -- when will this go away?

    Next question -- my passenger side windshield washer squirter stopped working. The driver's side is fine, and I checked under the hood, and it looks like all the tubes are connected and are not leaking. There is no blockage on the outside -- that side just stopped working entirely. Has this happened to anyone? I guess I'll have to take it in to have it looked at. :(

    Thanks.
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    >I bought a 2006 Forester in April. I have noticed when I switch the key to start the engine, I hear a clicking or slight hum noise -- is this the fuel pump?

    yes

    >The car starts fine, but sometimes when the car is running I have begun to hear a slight hum noise that sounds like it's coming from the rear of the car either near the muffler or gas tank -- you can't hear it when the radio is on -- is this normal for Subarus?

    probably fuel pump again

    > Also, the car has just over 1,000 miles on it, and after I drive it I can still smell a slight burning smell like new engine -- when will this go away?

    soon

    >Next question -- my passenger side windshield washer squirter stopped working. The driver's side is fine, and I checked under the hood, and it looks like all the tubes are connected and are not leaking. There is no blockage on the outside -- that side just stopped working entirely. Has this happened to anyone? I guess I'll have to take it in to have it looked at.

    probably blocked , have dealer blow it out
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    >The car starts fine, but sometimes when the car is running I have begun to hear a slight hum noise that sounds like it's coming from the rear of the car either near the muffler or gas tank -- you can't hear it when the radio is on -- is this normal for Subarus?

    probably fuel pump again


    Indeed, but that is not normal. If I recall, there are several '06 Forester owners who have experienced similar problems (mostly early production run buyers, but that is not to say your car is not an early production even if you did not buy until April) and have had the fuel pumps replaced. No indications of a recurring problem, at least not any of which I am aware.

    I recommend that you bring it up to your dealer and request that it be replaced. It might never develop into anything more than an audio problem, but now is the time to address it. ;)
  • gaucho1gaucho1 Posts: 22
    Rahul,

    The CT-CA trip is approximately 3,000 miles. The normal Subaru maintenance interval is about the same.

    The simple answer? Get a 3k inspection done before you start. Get one shortly after you finish. If your tires are worn, spring for some new ones before you start.

    =========

    I own a 1987 Subaru GL (station wagon). It has 457,000(+) miles on it, to include annual three-day CA-FL round trips; the last one, just this last May. (My goal is half a million miles before I retire the old girl.) Given her age, I do carry some extra oil, water, belts, etc.

    The other thing to carry is spare cash. For example, losing an alternator puts one on the side of the road, no matter what one does. You'll need to be able to pay for the tow truck, the hunt for a new alternator, the installation, etc., before you can get back on the road. Also, plan on an overnight stay in order to get repairs done -- nothing breaks in the morning!

    AMEX Traveller's checks may be good around the world, but they don't always fly in the civilized(?) USA. Credit/Debit cards may or may not work. Cash always works!

    As I said, after 457,000 miles, that car has left me on the side of the road exactly three times. Only the alternator was unpredictable. The other two times, I stretched the maintenance intervals, which was, by definition, my fault. Keep up the maintenance inspections, and replace when in doubt. Subarus will keep running.

    As for the trip -- get off the Interstates and run the old US routes when you can. The scenery beats the hell out of watching an endless ribbon of gaurd-rails.

    Have fun!

    Gaucho
  • gaucho1gaucho1 Posts: 22
    Outback3,

    I jut recently purchased a 2006 Forester XL, 5-speed manual transmission. I ran into a similar problem -- usually, though, I was stalling it out.

    My problem was the short-throw gearshift. I have been inadvertently putting it into third gear at stops, rather than first. "Low power" up to 3k rpm is a fair description, at that point. (The spacial difference between first and third isn't much on that shifter.)

    Ask her to get in the habit of walking the shifter into second before trying to find 'first' gear. If that clears up your problem; all to the good.

    Gaucho
  • parkbpparkbp Posts: 1
    Does anyone know what's wrong with my '04 Forester automatic? It makes a whining noise under load at certain speeds - 55 again at 75 (drive in Az). Selling dealer rode with me, said rear differential carrier bearings. Replaced diff. About the same noise but a little different. Second dealer (I moved) rode with me and said pinion bearing. Replaced diff. About the same noise but a little different. Now on 3rd diff. in a 27K mi car. Nuts! After service mgr diagnoses tech simply does as told. Car is not smooth when on road. All like this? My Chevy pickup and Honda van are both smooth as glass. Car is good otherwise and I see why Sub owners like them, but this is my first and likely the last.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Next time you drive with a tech, do a figure 8 pattern. That basically tests the differentials to their max, in both directions. See if the cause becomes more obvious to them.

    -juice
  • lfdallfdal Posts: 679
    Are they sure its not the front diff? My wife's 03 OBW (same transmission, 4EAT) had a problem very similar.

    Hard to tell in the cabin where the noise was coming from. They finally replaced the transmission and its been quiet ever since (17k ago)

    HTH
    Larry
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    Hmmm.... now you folks are worrying me. Mine has had a faint whine for 30-40K miles and I have never been able to pinpoint it. At first I thought it was the idler pulleys on the timing belt, but replaced those 10K ago. No worse, no better, so I just said to heck with it. Old cars have their little nuances. :surprise:
  • moscowmommoscowmom Posts: 4
    Same problem on my '06 Forester. Dealer says the '06 has an electronic cruise that they can't adjust--unlike the old cable-driven ones that could be "tweaked", so there's nothing they can do. Bad answer. The crazy speed variations trash any sort of decent MPG. Regarding overshooting on the downhill, another "feature" of the electronic cruise is there's no downhill coasting compression when the cruise is on. Ok if it's completely turned off (not just hitting the brake) so basically you have to turn the unit on & off when going over any bit of a hill. NOT acceptable! Basically the cruise is useless on anything but completely flat ground.
  • msb22msb22 Posts: 2
    Purchased new 2006 Impreza first part of May and now have about 2000 miles on it. We were barely off the sales lot after delivery when we heard a !!totally!! annoying noise closest approximation sounds like combination screech/whistle/squeal which can last up to 4 seconds or so at all speeds usually around 1900-2500rpm. After four trips to dealer (three just to identify the noise), the air conditioner compressor was replaced, only to have it reoccur immediately upon leaving lot. Shop foreman and I took another new Impreza off lot and what do you know, same noise. Prime theory at this point is we are hearing the high pressure noise of freon going thru the line. We have also clearly determined the noise can be cycled off and on by turning off the air conditioner or defrost. We have filed a formal complaint with Subaru, but I am not too hopeful of any quick solution. Has anyone else experienced this noise, or have any thoughts on mitigating it short of a seriously improved sound system playing very loud music at all times?
  • kavoomkavoom Posts: 181
    Hello locke2c

    You seem to know a lot about Subaru Clutches. Maybe you can answer this. I tow a pop up and was wondering if I could get a heavier duty clutch for my 2004 manual X Forester than OEM?

    I am within parameters for towing but if I have to change the clutch (and I will soon)I might as well go big... so to speak.
  • maycmayc Posts: 2
    At what mileague will the tires normally need to be replaced?

    My Subaru Legacy L 2002 has only about 34,000 miles on it. A couple of days ago, I found my parked car at the end of the day with a flat front driver side tire. I drove to a gas station nearby and fill up the tire.

    Yesterday the tire looks fine, but this morning the air was visibly low. So I took it to a tire shop. The sales guy told me that the tires cracked and probably is slowly leaking (this is just a visual inspection). He tried to sell me some expensive tires and told me that because it's AWD, I need to replace all of them.

    I plan to take the car to the dealer (where I have it serviced) for a second opinion on Monday. But I am planning to buy the new tires from Sam's Club. Can you recommend which kind of tires I should buy? I live in the upper Midwest with quite a bit of snow, but flat serface.. mostly freeway.

    Thanks!
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    the mileage depends a lot on how you drive/brake.

    you need no more than a 1/4inch difference in circumference between the tires or there is a potential to mess up the AWD differential, at 30K you may well want to replace all 4

    since you get snow, splash out on a set of Nokian WRs, it has the winter snow traction rating but can be used in the summer without losing all its tread. I use its predecessor the NRW as my winter tires on a 98 Legacy GT and the WR all year round on a Windstar (which has had 30000miles on these tires and still has 4mm tread on the most worn ones - about 5/32 inch (they have tread wear numbers in the tread)

    Sams occasionally have great deals on certain tires. check whats happening locally. spmetimes you can get a much better higher speed rated tire for less than the usual price of a much lower rating tire.
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