Japanese carmaker well known for its 4-wheel-drive models and boxer engines.

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I lubed a sticky throttle and now it's worse, but only in the cold

I've been teaching my friend to drive stick on my Subaru 2004 Impreza Outback Sport, and the gas was a little sticky/crunchy, so it was hard to give just a little gas. It was either none, or a little ...
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2004 Subaru XT under powered and smoking after oil change

Over the weekend I traveled home and back: about 140mi each way. About half way there the engine light came on, and, realizing it had been about 4500 miles since my last oil change, I added oil to the ...
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1st gear hard to engage unless stopped, Subaru 2004 Impreza Outback Sport

Since I've bought my 2004 Impreza Outback Sport, I've had a problem with shifting into 1st gear. First gear is generally difficult to engage while moving. You can just force it, but it's really ...
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The poor man's Start Interrupt Switch — non-obvious way to disable starting

There's some idiot stealing similar cars to mine -- mid to late 90s Subarus -- in this part of town. The police are pretty confident that he has a jiggle key (the cars have been mostly recovered, ...
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Subaru Outback subtle vibration while turning

My 2008 Subaru Outback has a gentle vibration I can feel in the steering and accelerator pedal and also a bit of noise associated with it. At first I thought it was just the road but I noticed it ...
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What could be causing my car to shake at high speeds?

I was driving on the highway today and I noticed that my car started to shake. I slowed down and it stopped. I repeated this a few more times and it seems that the shaking starts around 50 mph and the ...
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Started stuck when it's cold outside (-35C) subaru outback 2006

We live in Quebec and it gets really cold out here. Since two weeks the temperature gets around -35C and sometimes my subby won't start. At first I suspected the battery itself, but when the problem ...
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2001 Subaru Legacy L Wagon - Gas smell and light shaking

So... It is really freezing and has been really cold these past few days. But, my 2001 Subaru Legacy L Wagon started acting up. First, here are things I know been replaced before I got it - Tires, ...
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How do I replace front CV axles for a 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport?

A mechanic has found that I have two split CV joint boots on my 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport, and I want to try and replace the axles myself. However, the shop manual for the drivetrain is very ...
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Flat Tow Subaru Auto Trans with Engine Running?

A year ago I traded my 2012 Ford Focus for a 2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium (automatic transmission). Dealer told me it could be flat towed, made sense to me, why not so long as it is in neutral? ...
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Why does my Subaru not select my paired Bluetooth phone automatically after restarting the car?

The car is a Subaru WRX 2012 with the base radio. It did reconnect automatically for the last two years until I changed phones, deleted the old phone profile, then paired the new phone. It does work ...
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what engine oil does a 1992 subaru liberty auto stationwagon need? Answers in “w” units please

what engine oil does a 1992 subaru liberty auto stationwagon need? Answers in "w" units please i need to add oil and I cannot find a good reference as to what to use - the oil at the garages are 20 ...
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Emissions codes after oil through exhaust

I have a 2003 Subaru Legacy L with the EJ251. I rebuilt the engine because of a thrown rod. There was significant damage to the shortblock, which resulted in a significant amount of oil escaping the ...
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Can I resynchronise my Subaru (Cobra) key fob

I accidentally placed a heavy object on my key fob at home. It must have been there for more than five minutes before I noticed the little light flashing on the fob. Since then I have not been able ...
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i heard a loud whistling/squeeling noise coming from the front tires of my 2004 subaru outback AWD.

I have never heard this sound before, it made the sound whether i used my brakes or not, it only stopped when i turned right. anyone have any idea what this could be?
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Is a 92 Subaru Liberty Engine An Interferrance Motor?

I have a 1992 Subaru Liberty(/Legacy) that is due for a timing belt change. It is the single overhead cam 2.2l engine. Is this engine interferrance ? If the timing belt breaks, will the pistons ...
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Most Efficient Way To Run AC

What's the most efficient way to run the AC in my car? In my 2007 Subaru I can set the temperature to 65 F and the temperature will reach and stay at a comfy 65 degrees. But I imagine the A/C ...
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Can faulty O2 sensor cause omission check engine light?

I have had a check engine on a 2001 Subaru Legacy for some time now. Went to mechanic to fix few other things and he told me the oxygen sensor and catalytic converter needs to be replaced. The ...
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Stripped exhaust bolt

I got an exhaust I was putting on my car (2013 wrx) and had to disconnect the exhaust after the midpipe. The bolts were rusted so I pb blasted them, and then got one set of bolts off. When I went to ...
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How to diagnose a Cruise Control system (Subaru Forester 2002)

The Cruise Control on my 2002 Forester S stopped working recently. For some time I had problems engaging the CC altogether, requiring multiple clicks on the activation push-button. Then it stopped ...
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Should I check my rear toe after replacing a rear strut, and how?

I see a lot of information about how to check and adjust front toe at home using the string method, but it seems to rely on rear wheels that are properly aligned. I understand that the rear wheels on ...
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2015 STI White smoke

My 2015 Subaru WRX Sti is emitting white smoke from the exhaust. The smoke smells like burning electronics. When I pull over and open up the hood, I also see white smoke in the engine bay. The smoke ...
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Subaru Outback - AC blowing less air out of one vent

I have a new 2015 Subaru Outback. A day after I got it, I noticed a faint crackling noise coming from the air conditioning vent when the AC is set to high. It's very faint but it's very noticeable. ...
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Subaru Forester XT has a hissing sound under acceleration and lacks power

I want to buy an 06-08 Forester XT and on Friday I went to test drive an Automatic. Now, I know the auto box isn't the best and the forester weighs a good 300kg/600lbs more than my Astra Coupe, but it ...
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passenger window switch unidirectional, driver's switch bidirectional. diagnosis & treatment?

2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport My front passenger-side window switch will only roll the window down, but the driver's switch can roll it both up and down. There's only one motor, right? so there ...
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What AC component would likely be the problem with my consistent power loss while driving?

I have looked through the questions to find an answer to my question and none of the questions seem to similar enough to this. I have recently purchased a 2002 Subaru Impreza Rs and the car is doing ...
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Coolant spills out of the overflow tank at high pressure

My '98 Subaru Forester spills all its coolant with very high pressure and overheats. I changed the radiator cap and did a flush, but stillĀ have the same problem. I added stop leak, but that did ...
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High RPM and engine heating on 2001 Subaru Legacy

I have a 2001 Subaru Legacy L station wagon with 143k miles. I do not know when the timing belt was done, or when the spark plugs were replaces last. I only know that the brakes, tires, and one of the ...
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Anyone knows of a tutorial on how to remove/replace the radio and AC unit in a 2001 Subaru Legacy?

I have new radio and AC units for my 2001 Subaru Legacy L Station Wagon but I do not know how to install them. It seems more complicated than I expected. Does anyone knows of a good tutorial or manual ...
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Malfunctioning air conditioner mystery - recharge makes car run worse

The air conditioning in my 2002 Subaru Impreza has sort of worked the last couple years. This year it got bad enough that I began trying to fix it, but even though it's totally useless on a 30 minute ...
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Hood won't open

I went to check out the engine on my 97 Subaru Legacy and the hood latch is stuck. Now this one of those cars that has a double latch, I don't know if it's like that on all Subarus or not, but once I ...
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Horrific squealing when car is first turned on?

This is a really classic and common old car problem. I see it all the time but this is the first time it's started happening to my own car. Basically when I first turn the car on, there's instantly a ...
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What to do with damaged alignment dowels in block?

Just took the second head off the 98 Subaru Outback I'm working on and I found one of the alignment dowels was badly crimped over the gasket for about 1/3 of its circumference. I have no idea how it ...
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Remaining life expectancy of brake pads and rotors

Recently I serviced my 2002 Forester at the dealership shop. I was told that the brake pads have 2mm left on them, and they recommended replacing the pads and the rotors (disks). I normally tend to ...
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new speakers sparking on bolts holding it in place

I installed new pioneer speakers in a 2002 WRX Sedan and they are only working on and off. I took off the door panel and started to undo the bolts that mounted the speakers and it started sparking ...
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Must I Replace All 4 Tires on an All Wheel Drive (AWD) Subarau, when only 1 is damaged?

I have a 2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Wagon. I just destroyed the passenger-side rear tire. The tires have approx. 6/32" tread remaining, per an informal measurement with a coin (I used this guideline ...
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Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job

I'm about to start replacing the head gaskets on a 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback according to the procedures described here: ...
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Subaru Impreza 1999 - no power on acceleration

My father called today to tell me that when he steps on the gas in his 99 Subaru Impreza (at normal operating temperature), the car moves dangerously slow. Does anyone else have experience with this ...
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Subaru Forester OBD Scan Codes “P0130” and “P0130 P”

My 2002 Forester Check Engine light is on. I connected an Autel MaxiScan MS300 OBD-II scan tool and got indication for two codes. Browsing through the codes, it reads P0130 and P0130 P. The first one ...
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Intermittent aircon problem: Subaru Impreza Wagon 1996

Subaru Wagon Impreza 1996. Automatic, 1600cc. The gas (refrigerant) has been refilled recently, so that's all good. The air seems to be colder when the revs are higher (>2,500 rpm or thereabouts). ...
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What is supposed to happen when my Subaru's test mode connector is hooked up?

There's an electrical connector under the dash of my 2000 Subaru Forester that is apparently instrumental in the diagnosis of some OBD-II trouble codes. It's a pair of bladed terminals like any other ...
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How much coolant does a 98 Subaru Forester hold?

I'm looking to put an additive in my forester's cooling system, I'm not sure where to find out this information.
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What tools are needed for removing rusted bolts?

Will be removing at least some heat shielding if not also the headers from a Subaru Outback. The car spent the first 6 years of its life in PA and has an excessive amount of rust on the bolts that ...
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Car not starting easily in the cold?

I drive a 97 Subaru Legacy. The engine was resealed with mostly new parts within the last 6 months. The oil was changed recently. The battery is 2 years old. Normally I get NO TROUBLE, ever, ...
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New Rotor making noise after installation

Replaced rear rotors, calipers, pads, hardware. One wheel was making noise as I test drove it. I found the rotor had some scratches closer to the inside but other than the pad I couldn't find what ...
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Standard headlight socket type for 2006 Forester

I'm confused. I bought replacement bulbs from Amazon that it assured me were correct for my car. After they arrived I realized they were the wrong socket type. I researched socket types and determined ...
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Engine-wise, how damaging is oil burning?

Assuming that an engine always has enough oil to be lubricated properly but burns quite a bit of oil, can it cause any damage in long-term because it doesn't belong to the combustion chamber? I have ...
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What is the button beside the VDC control on a 2001 Subaru Legacy VDC model

There is a button that looks like a demister on the dash beside the VDC button that I have no idea what it does. There is already demister buttons else ware in the car so it must be something ...
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Is my transmission about to go?

I drive a 16 year old Subaru Legacy automatic which still has its original transmission and has never given me a moment's trouble in 16 years. Today while pulling out of a parking spot, I suddenly ...
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Advice on buying a new car (Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 vs. Subaru Impreza 1.5R)

This question is probably somewhat subjective as all cars are slightly different. I am currently in the process of looking for a new car. I'm currently driving a Vauxhall Astra 1.8 SRi (mk-5, 5 door ...