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Subaru Crew Problems & Solutions



  • 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: 8,269
    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: 8,269
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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