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Subaru Crew Problems & Solutions



  • jopopsyjopopsy Posts: 65
    Hey Gang:

    I'm reading on some other Subie boards about break rotor warpage and early pad failure. Is this a real problem? Considering an 05 Outback Wagon. 2.5i.

  • jfljfl Posts: 1,388
    Right now there's a thread or two about early brake pad and rotor wear.

    But I will mention that my original pads were replaced at 60,000 miles with no rotor issues. The front pads still had quite a bit of lining left, although the rears were very worn. I believe juice also went over 60k miles on his original pads.

    So as they say, YMMV.

  • dave226dave226 Posts: 22
    I want to start using synthetic gear oil for the front and rear differentials but can only find 75W90 in full synthetic. The manual calls for 80W90. Would this difference adversely affect the differentials?

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Amsoil has 80-90 there is a link on my pages to amsoil...

  • tim3tim3 Posts: 28
    I've put 3,500 miles on my X in the last three weeks on two different road trips. The morning after I returned from the second trip I discovered that the overflow was empty and the radiator was down as well. I had to add about a quart of coolant in all. I'll be taking the car to the dealer in the next few days. Maybe my dealer can shed some light on the coolant usage issue a few of us are having. I'll let you all know.

  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    mike - There's a new Amsoil called Severe Gear. It will eventually be replacing the Series 2000. Let me know if you know of anyone trying it and if it's too slick for our synchros.

    Looks like some pretty thick stuff.

  • My friday took a turn for the worse with the discovery of a flat rear tire after work. Apparently a screw has found a home right in the middle of the left rear tire. I'm not sure how long these tires have been on (Firestone Firehawk SZ50) but they were slightly worn when I bought the 02 WRX wagon 10000 miles ago. Anyway, now my question I try to get 2 tires or 4? It seems as though people think 2 is a bad idea. And also, any recommendations? I'm in Los Angeles and it rarely even rains! I'll probably have to do it at a Just Tires or something as I don't think I can wait to order from Tire Rack. Thanks for any ideas in advance.
  • dcm61dcm61 Posts: 1,560
    If it's in the middle of the tread, why don't you just get the tire patched?

  • I really like my Forester XT - my first Subaru.

    With the exception of the bizzare activity of the automatic climate control, this car is nearly perfect. Quick, fast, agile for a truck, and useful for hauling most things.

    However, Subaru dealer service and factory support seem to be terrible.

    Fixing a screaming windshield seal took 2 trips to two dealers, first one didn't do anything but drive the car and say "we don't hear it".

    My current problem (cruise control shutting off by itself constantly) has also been to two dealers who "couldn't find" the problem.

    Their only suggestion was that I let one of their mechanics take my care home to High Ridge(about a 40 mile drive one way). After insisting that their mechanic ride with me I was able to produce the problem repeatedly by simply driving 5mph over the limit for 15 minutes on the highway.

    Now they can "find" the problem but their solution baffles me and everyone I talk to about it. Here goes: "the car is normal". Apparently, the factory reps are insisting to my dealer that it is perfectly OK for my cruise control to shut off repeatedly on the highway making it useless.

    I have explained that this problem only started happening after 10k miles and that it has gotten worse since then. I don't hear any owners on the Edmonds boards complaining about this problem. Still nothing has been done except that they are "investigating the problem".

    No parts have been either checked or replaced. No hours of time have been spent with a multimeter or a scope. It is ridiculous to call this "investigating" when nothing is done.

    ...I have also contacted the Subaru3 call center about this and have received no satisfaction from them either.

    I am writing to you for suggestions as to how to proceed and hoping that someone at Subaru has a clue and wants a new customer who likes the product to be satisfied with their factory and dealer support after the sale.

    St. Louis, Missouri
  • edunnettedunnett Posts: 553
    Thanks for the post! Please let us know what you and your dealer discover! I'm dying to know.
  • Ever since I had my brake pads replaced and rotors resurfaced (6,000 miles ago, at 36,000!), my 2003 Forester 2.5X has been squealing like crazy.

    A few weeks ago, during an oil change, I told dealer and asked to get rid of the squealing. Afterwards, he claimed it was from the rear drum brakes and 'moisture'.

    I'm almost positive its from the front disc brakes. This squealing is starting to aggravate me. I don't think its heat-related.. it happens at any time, from first start in morning to later in the day.
  • jcabinjcabin Posts: 23
    Question: Can Impreza RS 2000-02 16 inch wheels be used successfully on a 2004 3.0 Outback Wagon?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Yup they can work, nice rims by the way.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Tell them to apply anti-squeel to the pads, chances are that is your problem, or the shims are not seated properly.

  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    jcabin Oct 16, 2004 3:59pm

    paisan Oct 17, 2004 10:39pm

    maybe no... the RS is using +53mm offset whereas the OBs are on +48mm offsets. Might want to test fit on 225 tires first.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Patch that tire. I bought a kit and patched my wife's tire after a similar incident. It's been fine for over a year.

    Geno: at what speed are you setting cruise? I'm not sure if there is a limitation but I thought I'd ask. Doesn't sound normal to me, though.

  • samiam_68samiam_68 Posts: 775
    Some older turbo cars had vacuum powered cruise control. When going up a modrate incline on cruise, the turbo would kick in and the vacuum would be gone, thus disengaging the cruise control. My old Supra Turbo used to do that. I don't know if Forester XT cruise control is designed that way.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It should be fully electronic nowadays. Anyone know for sure?

  • edunnettedunnett Posts: 553
    My 2001 normally aspirated Forester with manual transmission would cut the cruise out when going up a very steep incline when it couldn't keep up with the set speed in the gear it was in. I haven't noticed the same cut out with the 2004 XT yet but it's manual transmission. Although I think the person with the cruise problems said it worked as expected for a time, and this is a recent occurance. I'm assuming that they are familiar with these normal quirks of the system and that what they are getting is a whole different annoyance.
  • jfljfl Posts: 1,388
    Doesn't it automatically cut out if the speed drops ~15 mph below the setpoint?

  • I am having the same noise problem with Bridgestone RE-92 Potenza tires on an 03 Legacy wagon. The tires have about 25000 miles on them, the car has 40000. When I changed from Dunlop winter tires to the (original)Bridgestones last spring the noise was so noticeable that I had the car checked twice by my dealer thinking that I had a bad wheel bearing or CV joint. The dealer told me that the noise was coming from the tires. I have driven with the noise since last spring with no problem, but I am planning to replace my tires next spring with a different Brand, maybe Continental. The tires had been rotated once (kept on the same side), and have plenty of tread left but are worn on the inside edge of the tread. The Dunlop winter tires I use are quiet and ride better than the Bridgestones.
  • ski46ski46 Posts: 24
    Just wondering if anyone might have an idea on what is causing my wipers to badly chatter? I have a 95 Subaru Impreza Wagon with 77K on the odometer and when I purchased it from a friend 2 years ago, I noticed that he had the wrong size wiper blades on it and they were much smaller than the ones called for on this car. I installed the correct size and have been experiencing chatter ever since. I have replaced the blades several times, replaced the wiper arms with new Subaru units, same thing continues to happen. I have tightened the arms to spec, same problem continues. I have scrubbed the windshield with Bon-Ami (not abrasive), used Rain X, problem continues. Is it possible that the windshield has lost some of it's glaze??? Any ideas would be appreciated.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Rain X actually makes that worse.

    At the end of the "swipe" you actually want enough friction for the wiper blade to fold over when it turns around and goes in the other direction.

    Rain X is too slippery, and the blade doesn't fold back over, so you get chatter.

    I've heard some suggest that you not use Rain X right where the wipers rest. Try that.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Yup I'd second that it's the rain-x, especially if you drive in harsh locations where you get a lot of dust. I hate rain-x.

  • samiam_68samiam_68 Posts: 775
    It's definitely not rain-x since the problem apparently started BEFORE the rain-x treatment. Try turning off the engine when wiper is at midstroke. Twist / bend arm or blade slightly until it stays parallel to the curvature of the glass. Make sure there's spring pressure at the ends of the blade. If that doesn't help, check to make sure the blade is installed correctly and that there is no play side to side of the wiper blade in the arm pivot.
    As a last resort, you can try installing a different size blade (like the ones that were on when you bought the car).
  • jfljfl Posts: 1,388
    Have you tried cleaning the windshield with Stoner's Invisible Glass?

    I think it leaves the glass clean enough for raindrops to slide off w/o Rain-X. I agree that Rain-X exacerbates the problem.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I've had this problem on my cars, all times the problem was stuff on the windshield either stuff I could or could not see causing the problems.

  • rob_mrob_m Somewhere North of BostonPosts: 813
    Definitely the Rain-X. My wipers chattered the first time I used it. Cleaned the windshild and wipers with straight alcohol.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Rain-X works well on all the other windows, though.

  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    I just use Klasse AIO on the windows now instead of rain-x. Works fine and hasn't seemed to bring up any wiper chatter.

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