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

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Is my Forester's caliper bracket bolt hole stripped?

While replacing my calipers and their mounting brackets, I passed a tap through the bolt holes on the wheel hub assembly that secure the bracket, to clean up the threads. The tap's movement felt ...
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Installing lower speed-rated tires than recommended

I have a 2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i and I need new tires. My current tires are P225/55R17 95H. Searching around, I found some Yokohama Avid Ascend tires, which look to be great touring tires, ...
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Replacing tires for 2001 Subaru Outback

What are my options for replacing tires for 2001 Subaru Outback? One tire is damaged and it seems I need 4 matching tires as it is AWD. 255,225,260,...etc. If they match, can I change size?
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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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How inaccurate is the stock wideband 02 sensor in the SG9 Subaru Forester XT at WOT

As the title suggests, I'm trying to get concrete data on how inaccurate the stock wideband O2 sensor is in the Subaru Forester XT (MY06 to MY08). I am attempting to create a custom map for the car ...
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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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Signs of a bad transmission?

I have a 2004 Subaru Legacy L Sedan Automatic. I've been starting to notice in the past few months that the transmission is shifting strange, typically either when the car first starts up, or has been ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 still have the same problem. I added stop leak, but that did ...
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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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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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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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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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Subaru Forester XT has a hissing sound under acceleration and lacks power [closed]

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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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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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: http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f66/how-replace-ej25-head-gaskets-...
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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 [closed]

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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What bolt extractor will remove a broken motor mount bolt on a 2004 Subaru WRX?

Things were going slowly but well on my install last night until I sheared off the passenger side motor mount bolt while putting everything back together (at about midnight - sigh). Here are the key ...
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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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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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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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96 Legacy Overheating

I have a 1996 Legacy that is overheating. After looking over the car, it only overheats under load after driving for about 5 min after it warms up. It happened before and i noticed the coolant had a ...
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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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Schedule for brake fluid replacement in Subaru

How often should brake fluid be replaced in a Subaru Impreza 2002? Or should it be replaced at all? (Looking for distances in km)
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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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Subaru Outback 1998 high idle rpms and CEL P0507

My wife's 1998 Subaru Outback threw a check engine light the other day, and when I read the code, P0507, it corresponded to a problem I'd noticed for a while: high idle rpms. The problem is most ...
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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 ...
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Overheating & coolant loss in 1998 Subaru Outback

I'm having trouble with this vehicle overheating, presumably from losing coolant. The problem is very similar to what's described here: http://community.cartalk.com/discussion/2285268/98-subi-coolant-...
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Broken power window switch on 1998 Outback

I've got a 1998 Subaru Outback with a broken driver's power window switch. The plastic switch just cracked and it will no longer stay in place; it falls out. If I hold it in place, it can still ...
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What can cause excessive fog on a windshield?

Recently there has been a lot of fog on all of the windows in the car, particularly on my windshield. It's been bad enough that I've had to stop and wipe the glass off, but the fog can come back ...
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2005 Subaru Forester XS overheating

While on a roadtrip, the car started overheating with coolant boiling out. We refilled the radiator with coolant, but it kept occurring. We managed to make it back home by having the heater on high ...
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Why does my car scream on cold start?

My 1988 Subaru XT6 2.7L engine screams at me on a cold start then it will stop and then do it again when I take it out of park, but then it stops. Also, my car is losing antifreeze. Any ideas why?
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New headlight lenses?

So my 97 Subaru Legacy has pretty dim headlights, and it drives me up the wall. I like nice, thorough illumination when I'm driving at night; being able to see really does wonders for confidence on ...