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1999 Subaru Forester - bad acceleration, rough shifting

I have a 1999 Subaru Forester with an automatic transmission and a 2.5 Liter Motor. It has poor acceleration and rough shifting I started to notice 'hesitation' on take off. It just slowly appeared....
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Speaker setup in Subaru Impreza

I recently had an Alpine INE-W960A Navigation head unit and SPR-60C component speakers installed in my 2016 Impreza hatchback. As my budget was limited I did not replace the rear door speakers at the ...
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Infamous WRX/XT overheating problem

I need some help figuring out what's wrong with my 2007 Forester XT Manual. Background: The headgasket popped in November of last year. I had it fixed by an RMI certified workshop. They skimmed the ...
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Can a 2013 17" Forester rim be fitted to 2002+ models

The MY2002+ base model Subaru Forester's have a 16" steel rim (offset 48 and 5 x 100). The 2013 (and later I think) model Forester has steel rims in a similar style but 17". Can these be fitted to ...
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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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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 about leaking power steering fluid

I have a 98 Outback that's badly leaking power steering fluid somewhere at/near the pump. Stop-leak products have not helped. It'll go several months without the fluid getting unacceptably low, but it ...
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Will towing a trailer hurt my 2008 Subaru Forester?

I'm getting some mixed advice about towing with a Forester. We are considering buying a small popup camper, and also maybe a small utility trailer. The camper would be for there-and-back trips, not ...
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Malfunctioning Ambient Temperature Gauge - 2004 Subaru Forester

I own a 2004 Subaru Forester XS with 102,000 miles on it and required service and inspections just completed. Now the Ambient Temperature Gauge keeps malfunctioning - often sticks at 77; after a ...
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AC Compressor Working?

I have a 2005 Subaru Legacy GT. The AC pumps a little cold air and then blows only at room temperature. I understand there are two sides to an AC system (high and low) and that the exchange valve ...
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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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Subaru Forester - Timing Belt

I have a Subaru Forester X Limited AT 2000cc 2AB 2009. The timing belt requires replacement. My question is if the Gates TCK304 Timing Belt Component Kit, fits my Subaru?
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2003 Subaru Outback Legacy, Blown Head Gasket

The past month I have been refilling my empty coolant reservoir before each trip. My most recent trip I noticed every few moments I would lose some performance, the RPM's would stay the same but my ...
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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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How much room do I need to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning?

I'm driving an 04' Subaru Forester, and it needs some cleaning on the inside. I'm in my apartments underground parking garage, and I'm wondering, am I safe to idle the car (for the AC, lights on ...
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bluetooth not shutting off audio when answering the phone

2016 Subaru Outback won't shut off audio book when answering the phone. Tech at Subaru dealership said it was because I was using one click digital and I needed to switch to audible. I don't believe ...
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subaru impreza 1998 clutch noise

I have subaru impreza 1998 with manual transmission. When I push the clutch I hear a noise like the noise of the power steering belt when its over tightened. The mechanic replaced the clutch bearing ...
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1997 Subaru WRX STI Type R - Strange and occasional turbo lag

After a longer drive (45 minutes on highway) my turbo is spooling but not putting power to the tires. The revs just kinda bounce there like it's hitting a limiter but it's only around 5k rpm. This ...
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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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2.5L four-cylinder able to tow 2,700lbs?

My wife and I are looking at purchasing a new Subaru Outback. In the manufacturer's specifications, it states that for the 2.5L (four-cyl), that the towing package allows us to tow up to 2,700lbs. In ...
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What is the simplest way to replace a Subaru front power window motor?

2006 Subaru Impreza It's a recently purchased car. All other windows can be opened from the driver's side 4 switch control, except for the drivers window so it appears the drivers window motor itself ...
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Does a strut tower bar have any useful effect on chassis stiffness for a car with 100K miles?

Aftermarket strut tower bars are generally considered to be decorative on many brand new cars. However, it seems to be a bit more logical that a chassis with 100K miles would have developed some flex ...
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How exactly does Sport Mode work in an automatic Subaru Outback?

I have 2008 Subaru Outback (160K miles) with an automatic transmission and have been curious about the Sport Mode that can be shifted into. I read in the car's manual that it increases pickup and is ...
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2005 Subaru Legacy Outback 3LR g H6

Tried burping radiator with no success. Water boils out but temp gauge reads normal??? 2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 H6.
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Hesitation or low power at slow acceleration

Subaru 2004 2l auto tip tronic. It seems to hesitate or have slow or lack of power when you accelerate slowly
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Oil Change Steps? (check my list) 2014 Impreza

Decided to spend time w/my newly-met dad and do an oil change together on my 2014 Impreza Sport. I told him i want to do the work, myself, with his support. I'm fairly confident and have watched some ...
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2013 Subaru Impreza brake noise and vibration [duplicate]

My 2013 Subaru Impreza makes a clunking noise when the breaks are applied suddenly. You can also feel the vibration coming from the floor of the passenger side.
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2014 Subaru Forrester AC Compressor clutch noise, slippage

We have a 2014 Subaru Forrester whose AC Compressor clutch operation is unlike other cars I've ever owned. The video linked is from when the car is cold and AC is engaged. It appears that the clutch ...
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My drivers side window no longer closes with one press of the button 1

I share a similar plight with the guy before only difference is it's with an 04 Forester STi. I held the passenger front window switch up for a little too long next thing I know my driver side window ...
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My drivers side window no longer closes with one press of the button

I have an idea what may have failed but before I take my door off I thought I should ask here: The drivers window switch has 5 positions, open (one press takes the window all the way to the bottom), ...
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How can I secure the power block for my LED headlights?

I purchased an LED low-beam conversion kit and installed it yesterday in my 2010 Forester. The installation was easy enough, other than having to move the battery to get enough space to fit my ...
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Clunk noise from my brakes on first application

I have had the brake pads replaced on my Forester STi (4 pot Brembos all round) and have noticed a strange noise on first application of the brakes after moving either forwards or backwards. By this ...
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2006 Subaru Forrester overheating and no heat

My 2006 Subaru Forester is overheating with no heat blowing through the vents. I have had a thermostat put in and a new heater core. Radiator has been pressure tested with no leaks. Unfortunately it ...
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Transmission damage due to uneven tread wear on AWD vehicle

I have a 2013 Subaru Impreza with a continuously variable transmission with ~40k miles on it. About two months ago I blew out the front right tire and took it to a tire shop. The folks at the tire ...
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Which will have longer lifespan: stock or urethane bushings?

Background: this is in reference to the previously mentioned 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon. This isn't a track car: it's only for fun street commutes and general Daddy duty. The car has upwards of ...
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Scratch front bumper white car

I have scratched my car tonight reversing in the garage, when I turned the wheel I scratched the front to a concrete column. My car is a Subaru Impreza Wagon 2007, white This is a link to a photo. ...
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replace heat-loosened tie rod parts?

All attempts to loosen the tie-rod jam nuts on my 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport have failed. Im about to resort to heating it with a blow torch, but want to ensure that I won't be ruining the nut ...
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What is that knocking sound my engine makes when the revs drop too low?

I have a 2013 Subaru Impreza with a 2.0 liter engine and a manual transmission, and when I let out the clutch too fast while in reverse or 1st, sometimes the engine RPM will drop so low that it makes ...
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I changed the oil and might have put too much in. What do I do?

I just bought a Subaru Baja 2005 and decided I needed to change the oil. I got the right oil and filter and got my mom and younger brother to help me. We drained the oil and tried to take off the ...
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Overheating 98 Subaru Legacy Outback EJ 25

I bought this car about a month ago with an overheating problem it couldn't travel for 3 miles without overheating after replacing the thermostat and gasket. The previous owners cut away the ...
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2006 wrx overheats going slow but not at speed

my 2006 wrx heats up into the red going slow on back roads but is fine and shows no signs of any issue going fast. what is the deal? blown head gasket?
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Does it save wear on AWD drivetrain to shift to Neutral before going into Park or Reverse?

I have an old Subaru with All Wheel Drive. I can feel in some circumstances the larger and more complex drivetrain "winding and unwinding" all those differentials and CV joints. It feels unpleasant, ...
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2002 Subaru Forester S - Multiple Non-functional Electrical Components

Bought the car a few days ago, now I'm noticing something that I'm betting may have been done on purpose. My power locks do not work at all, have to manually lock each door. Not the worst thing but ...
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Why is oil on my throttle body hose?

I've been tracking down a number of low grade oil smells in the car lately (2004 Subaru WRX). So far, that has included replacing the left front axle (was losing all kinds of grease through the boot),...
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How to carry a full-sized spare?

I have a 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX, but I suspect my question can be generalized to apply to many smaller cars. Not being a fan of donut spare tires, when I replaced my tires about a year ago I kept ...
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Subaru - seem to have broken a tooth in starter pinion or ring gear

Subaru Forester (manual transmission). Stupidly restarted car after a stall but before engine stopped turning. Now there is a noise like a broken part inside the engine. Must be piece of starter ...
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Buy a car for cheap to avoid registration costs? [closed]

Not sure where to ask this, so feel free to move it if necessary. Suppose I want to buy a car from my friend for $8,000. To avoid registration costs, I pay him a measly $500 for the car and $7,500 ...
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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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How reliable is a second-hand Subaru 2.5 RS 04-05?

Basically, I've been a Subaru enthusiast for a few years but never been able to purchase one because I'm still a student. However, this summer I will be able to. The issue is that I need a reliable ...
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Strange overheating behaviour

My 10 year old Litchfield Forester STi needs a bit of maintenance to sort a minor oil leak but other than that has been behaving well for the past year with regular oil top ups. This week on the ...