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Subaru Legacy/Outback Wagons Maintenance & Repair



  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I think the problem may be that you had it on recirculate for too long in traffic? It's fairly common for the condensor which is in front of the passengers feet area to freeze up during bumper to bumper traffic in very hot weather. This also sometimes causes you to not get very cold air out of the vents either. Next time it happens try switching from recirc to non-recirc and/or move the temp to a warmer setting.

  • khallockkhallock Posts: 63
    Mike, No I don't think so because when we usually notice this it is when we are driving on the highway with no traffic. Also I live in Vermont and I dont hit much bumper-to-bumper traffic up here! :)
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Hmm, ok not that then. It's definitely an easy fix for sure, this isn't rocket science. What part of VT? I may be moving up to Rutland/Manchester for work shortly and know about 3 people in VT.

  • khallockkhallock Posts: 63
    I live right outside of Burlington, so further north. It seems like it would be an easy fix to me too, not sure what they are dragging their feet about.
  • Just got a new (to us) 2005 Legacy wagon; it's fine when it's running, but after I turn the ignition on but one click before starting the engine (so the dashboard's lit up), there's a strange buzzing noise coming from somewhere towards the back of the engine bay. (not sure where, sorry; standing in front of the car with the hood open, it's about a foot from the back of the engine bay, somewhere below the top, but it's hard to place exactly because of the type of sound).

    For want of any better description, it sounds like it's picking up radio interference, or a ground hum on a speaker, or something along those lines, rather than a rattle. I had it checked out by a garage before buying it and they didn't mention anything, so I'm assuming it's nothing to worry about, but does anyone know what this could be?


    -- dan
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    Sounds like the fuel pump priming the lines - normal. Most people don't hear it since they just turn the key and start the engine. Your engine may start a tad quicker by letting the fuel pump do its thing and then starting.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    It may be the fuel lines priming, but the fuel pump itself is actually in the back in the tank, not under the hood. Could be any relay though as there are tons of them that go on when you put the car in the on position.

  • robbiegrobbieg Posts: 339
    Hello all. I have a 2005 Legacy GT and I am having problems with the power driver's window. Sometimes it won't go down. After swearing for a few minutes or baning the door shut it usually works. Anyone know anything about this? Was about to take it to the dealer but it fixed itself.

    Also, does anyone's ac vent (on the driver's side dash) rattle?
    2014 Highlander XLE AWD, 2009 RX 350 AWD and 2007 Odyssey EX
  • So if it was a relay that was buzzing, what would that tell me? Okay, something to do with the electrics, and without knowing which relay it's impossible to say much of anything useful, I know -- but in general, does buzzing mean "going to go wrong soon", or just "making an annoying sound"?

    It doesn't seem to stop even if I wait a while, if that helps to narrow things down at all?

    -- dan
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    My 02 Outback has 110K miles. My indy wrench tried fixing the tranny fluid leak twice in the past couple of weeks and it's still leaking. There is often a blotch about the size of a silver dollar. I'm getting frustrated. I just had extensive routine maintenance and was hoping to get 200K out of this car. Can anyone shed some light on this?
  • stevenm1stevenm1 Posts: 25
    My 98 Legacy made the same kind of noise coming from the back of the engine. I replaced the starter solenoid, and it quit. Our 95 Impreza had a similar problem, and I let it go on for quite a while. Eventually, it got worse and worse until the starter wouldn't work. Your Subaru is quite a bit newer, and it may not be the same problem. Both of mine are older with high mileage (204K and 140K).
  • Hi,
    I've got a 2007 legacy wagon with the touring package (I'm in Canada).
    I need help with two things:
    When my sunroof is closed and the shade is closed, it sqeaks like crazy as I drive along. It's starting to drive me nuts. Every little bump in the road makes it creak and squeak. Any ideas on how to quiet this down?

    The second is a cleaning question. I was cleaning my seats to get a blueberry stain out from my kids, and I was using turtle wax upholstery cleaner. It seemed safe in the little test section I did: apply, scrub, let dry and vacuum, but now it's left big stain marks or stain outlines on the seat center sections. I have the black interior with the greyish, tweedy center sections. Any suggestions how to clean this properly and what to use? It's a lease, so I've got to solve this problem.
    Otherwise, I love the car. They fixed all the little things I didn't like in the previous 2003 we had. This one is very nice.
    cdn driver
  • I had the exact same problem with my sunroof creaking. I thought it was the shade but I had the dealer look at it and they lubed the sunroof track and that seemed to take care of it.

    As for the upholstery- try a detail shop, they will have a steam or warm water extractor that should get out the stain.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,869
    Regarding upholstery, I was going to make the same suggestion - detailing it should remove the outlined stains. I noticed on my '07 that the center sections of the seats were quite prone to the water stain "outline." I sat a bottle of ice water on the seat and it left a stain just from the condensation dripping off it! :sick:
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • ncc4ncc4 Posts: 16
    I have an 07 Outback and I reduced the sun roof squeak by getting a small rag wet with silicon spray, then opening the sunroof and wiping all the visible weather stripping around the glass panels with this. Took a couple of applications, but seemed to help.
  • thanks for the tips. I 'll see about the spray for the track. I thought some kind of dry grease or teflon lube like I use on my bike might help. I'll see.
    As for the stains, I'll look for a detailer, but I'd like to find something to take care of it myself so I don't have to pay the detailers. It adds up.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,869
    Well, if that fails, then take it to a detailer a couple days before turning it in at the conclusion of the lease. Water stains will wait if they do not bother you too much.... ;)
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • We recently purchased a used 2001 Outback VDC with 55,000km on it. It is in mint condition, and handles really well. However, we noticed when we went to drive off the other morning after a small rain fall that there was a significant amount of water sloshing in the roof. After driving a block the sound had gone. There isn't any sign of water damage anywhere. We parked the car for an hour or so the other night—there was a light rain shower. When we drove off there was a little water noise in the roof.

    Last night we drove from Freeport Maine to Halifax, Nova Scotia in torrential rain, the car handled incredibly well under the adverse conditions, the dual moonroof's were visible, but closed, and they do not leak. After the drive water was not sloshing in the roof, it only seems to occur when the car is parked

    My questions are:
    Where is the water entering?
    Is this normal?
    Could the water be entering though the roof rails?

    Any comments or advise would be nice.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    My guess would be the roof rails or the drains around the moonroof are not draining properly.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Clogged moonroof drain is what I thought, too. I would try to find it before the water finds an alternate your nice interior!
  • When I drive off the water drains, I have seen drips coming from under the rear bumper. If the drains are clogged how can I unclog them? Where do you locate the drains?

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Hmm, I don't have one so I'm no help.

    What if you parked at a sharp incline, to drain it. Wonder if you could maybe rinse it or something. That might clog it further, though.
  • I have a similar problem in my 99 Outback. Starting out slow in a tight turn. Some said CV joints, but it is not a clicking, it is a thunking. Getting worse by the week. What was the outcome? Any other suggestions?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'd say CV, Wheel Bearing or tie-rod ends.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    The drains aren't in the rear bumper. They would be behind the front wheels. The drains generally go down the A-pillar forward.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,869
    Thunking. Sounds to me like the drive shaft bearing. Can you feel it a little as well? Does it go away as soon as you let off the gas or finish your turn?
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • Yesterday my 2002 Outback with 40,000 miles on it stalled when I slowed down at an intersection. It started up immediately, then stalled again. Smoke began pouring out of the engine. I did a quick U-turn and within 30 seconds had the car off the road and turned off. I don't have the final damage estimate yet, but a trusted independent dealer said that it overheated, the radiator was cracked with a hole blown out at the top, under the cap, there was a bad head gasket, and the motor head warped. He saw it as an internal engine issue. It is at Subaru now, and I'm nervous after reading all the bad press about the HG problems. I bought the car used, two years ago, at 15,000, from the same dealership. I told them I was shocked. We'll see. Any advice? No previous problems and I just had it tuned up a month ago.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sounds like classic head gasket failure.

    Work with the dealer first. It's important to be friendly to them. Call 800-SUBARU3 if you feel like they're not as helpful as you'd like. Open up a case number and all.

    Some 2002s were covered by the extended warranty on the gaskets, as long as a coolant conditioner was added.

    Since you bought the car used, the dealer should have added that before you took delivery. Let's keep our fingers crossed, but it sounds like yours will be covered.
  • I poured water in different areas on the roof, I was able to isolate the area. It is the roof rail—the front attachment. Do you have any ideas on how to rectify this?

    I also notice, the front moon roof on the inside has some flaking rust, how does one take off the moon roof to fix this.

    Thanks for your help...Colin
  • My 02 outback has 84000 miles. It started to run very rough. then a week later the check engine light came on. trouble shot the code p0172. checked fuel pressure it is a little out of specifications but if i idle it up to where it should be pressures are good. what I am trying to find out is where do I go from here. I am wondering about the front o2 sensor, but there is not a code kicked for it yet. any ideas?
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