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  • Well upon digging deep into my non-starting engine, I found broken intake and exhaust valves on the #3 cylinder, resulting in a nearly seized engine. I found a used engine with 48K miles at a recycler in Wisconsin and have it on the way.

    I'm using a Haynes manual to R&R the engine. Decent information, but it's the first time I've been past the timing cover on a Subaru, and it's all pretty new to me. The last engine I swapped was a 400M in a 4X4 Ford pickup.

    What are your recommendations for essentials to replace when I put in the new (to me) engine? Any way to verify actual mileage on the replacement engine? Any gremlins or hiccups I need to watch out for?

    Thanks for any help you can provide,

  • eckesveckesv Posts: 1
    Every time I turn off the car I loose radio and clock , I have a '95 legacy - I've checked the fuses under the dash,hood - everything was OK - somebody told me to check fuse #20, there is no #20 fuse. I'm lost HELP
  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    The clock and radio always turn off when you turn off the engine.
    You got to turn the key to accessories position to turn power on.

  • zman3zman3 Posts: 857
    I think they meant the clock resets and the radio presets are lost.
  • I have a Subaru legacy 93'. My car's lock has locked up (<_< go figure), not allowing me to lock it, and Im trying to remove the interior trim to fix it. I got all the popoff screws & regular screws off and now the trim is being held on by the lock/handle case (The thing that is behind the lock and handle that makes it look fancyier). Any idea how to get the caseing out so the trim is no longer hanging on it so I can fix the lock?

    The Haynes manual is useless as it tells nothing about automatic locks & windows...
  • samiam_68samiam_68 Posts: 775
    Look closely - there may be a screw in that bezel that holds it, or it might pop off if you pry gently with a screwdriver.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,012
    In the Auto Repair Reference Center that I can access online through my library, it shows a "cover" with three tabs. One tab is on the center left side where the latch is and the other two are on the top and bottom on the right half of the cover. There is a screw holding the inner remote assembly in place but it appears to be behind the cover. My guess is that you just press the tabs in to release the cover.

    Here's a funky diagram that may help.

    Need help navigating? - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • tim3tim3 Posts: 28
    04 Forester X MT, 73K, owned since new.

    Heading down an 8% mountain grade for several miles, I shift down to 4th to take advantage of engine braking and the temp gauge steadily drops all the way down to C. At the bottom of the grade, I shift back to 5th and the gauge rises back to its normal position. This happens every time I downshift to go down a mountain grade. Outside temp is in the low 60s. Car runs excellent otherwise, including going up mountain grades.

    This may or may not be related: A month ago at the start of a 3,200 road trip, the car started heating up going up a mountain grade. The Subaru dealer diagnosed the problem as a bad radiator cap and replaced it. I also had the dealer replace the drive belts. No problems over the next 4,000 miles &#150; including mountain driving &#150; until the problem above crops up this weekend.

    Any ideas, Subaru gurus?

  • iggsoiggso Posts: 28
    The Security light is flashing when the alarm is turned off or turned on. Only when the car is started it turns off.

    Is this normal or should something be done to reset that. (How?)
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    That is normal. I think it is supposed to be a theft deterrent. Unless the key is turned in the ignition, the security light blinks.
  • iggsoiggso Posts: 28
    I am asking this question for my aunts car, so I do not have a manual to check. But I do not think this light blinks in my Forester once the alarm is off, if it does blink it means that the car is in Valet mode.

    So I am wondering if that is the case for 2008 Legacy? and if yes how to get out of Valet mode?

    I am suprized if it is normal for this light to blink all the time - but i guess anything is possible...
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Good point. This is from page 2-4 of the 2007 Legacy/Outback owner's manual:

    The security indicator light deters potential
    thieves by indicating that the vehicle is
    equipped with an immobilizer system. It
    begins flashing approximately 60 seconds
    after the ignition switch is turned from the
    &#147;ON&#148; position to the &#147;ACC&#148; or &#147;LOCK&#148;
    position or immediately after the key is
    pulled out.
    If the security indicator light does not flash,
    the immobilizer system may be faulty. If
    this occurs, contact your SUBARU dealer
    as soon as possible.
    In case an unauthorized key is used (e.g.
    an imitation key), the security indicator
    light comes on.
    Even if the security indicator light
    flashes irregularly or its fuse blows
    (the light does not flash if its fuse is
    blown), the immobilizer system will
    function normally.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    And to add a bit more to the conversation... Every new Subaru but Forester now has an engine immobilizer. The new 2009 Forester that comes out in a couple months will have this as well. As far as I know, every Subie w/immobilizer has the blinking message. My '06 Outback & '06 Legacy do.
  • hi my car has had a gas smell too when it was very cold out i went to the dealer and they said sometimes the fuel lines under the injector manifold get old well i wasn't going to pay 590.00 to change two 5 inch rubber lines so i did it and the lines were fine except the hose clamp was loose so i replace it car didn't smell after that for 3 days well it was a very cold day here in minnesota and the smell is back so i don't know what it is but now that it is above 20 today there is no smell
  • Hi Everyone,
    I am a little stuck on what to do. I have a 2007 Subaru Legacy, last January my car stalled out. I couldn't get my brakes to work, I could not stop, until I hit my dads truck :cry: I turned the car on and it had the check engine light on, the ABS Light on and the Cruise control light was blinking on and off. I took it to the dealership and they could not figure it out. It happened again but they told me it was a hickup and they did not document that I called. It happned again last February, they thought it was a sensor or something. they replaced a sensor, it was fine through the summer and then this January I couldn't get out of my driveway, which is not steep at all. my front right tire was the only wheel working, my ABS light was on too. the mechanics say that it is fine and nothing is wrong. this is just getting dangerous, and mind you it only happens in the snow.. what do i do? I am starting to think my car is a lemon :lemon:
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Sorry to hear about your troubles!

    First thing to do is contact Subaru Customer Service:
    1-800-SUBARU3 (1-800-782-2783)
    Hours of Operation:
    8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (EST) Monday through Thursday
    10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (EST) Friday

    They can start a case number for you, recommend how to proceed, and at least it's all documented with Subaru of America, not just the dealer. If some major warranty issue or vehicle replacement is considered, the decision will likely come from these guys anyway. They can also apply pressure to the dealer, if necessary to resolve problems.

    It sounds like two separate issues to me, though, and the stalling problem has not happened since the sensor replacement, right?

    Anyone else here comment on the AWD issue pulling out of a slick uphill driveway? Can you tell us which Legacy model you have, and if it's manual or automatic transmission?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Yeah need to know which engine, trans, at/mt, VDC? etc.

    Motorsports and Modifications Host
  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    Describe "I couldn't get my brakes to work" some more.
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    my 02 WRX had the infamous gas smell from a leaking fuel line, subject of a TSB in 2003. Anyway my pathetic dealer said , even with my subaru gold ext warranty, it won't get covered as it was a bad hose and "hoses are not covered". Called SOA this AM and spoke with Marisol. An hour later the dealer calls back to say it will be covered. I saved 600 bucks.
    My experience with SOA customer service has always been nothing but great, unlike several other manufacturers I have had to deal with.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Glad to hear that.

    Patti used to work there and I swear her effects are still felt.
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