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Dec 122016
 

1993 Subaru LegacyCan I put some kind of brake fluid sealer to stop it from leaking?


RESPONSE

Brake Fluid Sealer

My response is NO. The brake system utilizes extreme pressures to operate. The brake fluid leak needs to be properly repaired in order for the system to function correctly. The basic principle of a brake system is the free movement of fluid through the brake lines. Any kind of brake fluid sealer would ruin the entire system and cause more damage.

How to locate a brake fluid leak

First of all park on a flat clean surface or place clean cardboard under the vehicle.Top off the brake fluid reservoir. Pump the brake pedal a few times while someone looks under the car. Hence you may notice a hissing noise. This is the fluid escaping. Look on the ground and note a puddle. If none are found maybe look at the insides of your tires. Finally this will give you an idea of the location of the leak. In conclusion brake fluid leaks are generally affordable to fix.

May 232016
 

2002 Subaru ForesterMy Subaru’s turbo is only active in colder weather. I live in Southern Africa where it rarely gets very cold. This car has been imported from Japan. The highest octane fuel we can get here is 95 octane. Can anybody help me with some idea where to start looking for the problem?


RESPONSE

No Recalls or Technical Service Bulletins were found when searching for Turbo related issues.

That is odd since the turbo works off the exhaust system. The Turbocharger may be going out.

Turbo Charger Replacement

Removal & Installation

  1. Before servicing the vehicle.
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Remove the center exhaust pipe.
  4. Separate the turbocharger joint pipe from the turbocharger.
  5. Disconnect the engine coolant hose from the coolant filler tank.
  6. Loosen the clamp that attaches the turbocharger to the intake duct.
  7. Remove the oil pipe-to-turbocharger bolt and remove the oil pipe from the turbocharger.
  8. Remove the turbocharger bracket and disconnect the oil outlet hose from the pipe.
  9. Remove the turbocharger.

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal, please note the following torque specs:
    1. Turbocharger-to-intake duct: 2 ft. lbs. (2 Nm).
    2. Oil pipe-to-turbocharger: 11 ft. lbs. (16 Nm).
    3. Joint pipe-to-turbocharger using a new gasket: 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
    4. Turbocharger bracket: 24 ft. lbs. (33 Nm).

 

Apr 282016
 

1998 Subaru ForesterMy car randomly misses and bogs down and at red lights it sometimes revs up and lurches forward when holding the brake down. I have put a new fuel pump and filter, New alternator, plugs and wires, and a new coil. The transmission sometimes shifts hard but has never slipped or anything. The car has 263k miles.


 

RESPONSE

This sounds like a vacuum leak. Of course if the check engine light is on, the first thing to do would be to pull the engine trouble codes and post them below.

Apr 152016
 

oil consumption 2015 Subaru ForesterDealer replaced engine block after 11 months of failed ‘oil consumption tests’.
At my first 1200 mile oil check, the new block is half a quart low.
Should I be concerned again???


RESPONSE

No. But I would definitely keep an eye on it. It is normal for some oil to be consumed or burned during break in  as it gives time for the rings to seat properly. A half quart would bring the oil level to the middle of the safe zone on the dipstick when checking your oil level. It is your responsibility to check your oil level often. So do just that, check it often. If you notice continued loss in large amounts, then be concerned.

Per Subaru 1 Qt per 1K is acceptable(2009)

Porsche this is (typically) 1.5lts per 1000kms

Toyota this is (typically) 1.0lts per 1500kms

“acceptable” means: We aren’t fixing anything unless it is worse than that.

Mar 242016
 

Subaru Outback
In my Subaru Outback I have to remove the tail light fuse each night or it will drain the battery. How can I fix this..


RESPONSE
This is the outcome of a problem with the tail lamp relay which is not unusual for the Subaru Outback. The relay gets stuck, even though the key is out, and allows the battery to power the tail lights and parking lights till eventually the battery discharges completely.

Subaru Outback Problems

Complaints of check engine light on, cruise control blinking, and no acceleration.
The car tends to loose power and may occur while driving at highway speeds. The most common fix for this would be to replace the pedal assembly including sensors.

Nov 202015
 

1996-Subaru Legacy wagon
I have a Subaru legacy gt wagon 1996 ej20 engine, the car works fine when its warmed up , but if i just turn it on normally it’ll idle very roughly with low revs for like 3-5 seconds then turn off, unless I hold the key turned so it forces the car to stay on and allows the revs to go normally. After Ive held the key for like 20 seconds I can let go of the key and from then on well its warmed up it’ll work fine until Ive left it for a long time again, though on repeat of the holding key in turned on position it’ll work. the starter motor has also very recently been changed and I did take off the IAC and try clean it but couldn’t get the top part off too manually twist the valve when cleaning. also cleaned the maf sensor.

Nov 192015
 

2008 Subaru Impreza
Was riding fine when suddenly the check engine light flashed and it disabled the cruise control. As it was on the highway in early am with no open garages I got to my destination. It drove rough and is now driving smooth but the check engine light is now steady. Ideas and costs?

Sep 162015
 

Description of Problem: Around 40-60mph when hitting accelerator, a high pitched squeaking noise (lasting about 1 second) , mild jerking, and RPM’s spike. Seems to occur when engine is torqued. I only experience these effects when the temperature is cooler. If warm outside no issues.
Vehicle Make (Ford, Toyota etc): Subaru
Vehicle Model (Camry, F150, etc): Legacy 2.5i CVT
Year of Vehicle: 2010

Aug 182015
 

I recently imported a 2002 Subaru Legacy B4 and it came with a blown 100A main fuse. I replaced with a generic fuse but seems like there is a power problem which may be causing injector and cam position sensor throwing a check light for a few seconds when i run an accessories such as power windows. The check light does not stay on but just flickers for a few seconds and disappears The problem is worse at night when i switch on the lights as it causes the accelerator not to respond for a few seconds as the car refuses to take off and then the car takes off with normal power. In the afternoon without the lights it drives fine and is powerful but the problem now is that the fuel consumption is now pretty high. I do not know if it is related but the fog lights also are not working