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

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What bolt is a replacement for the front sway bar bolts on a 2004 Subaru WRX wagon?

In replacing my worn-endlinks recently with lovely Kartboy pieces, I noticed that I had a seized bolt in one of the rear links. I was able to get a short-term replacement until I order a new Kartboy ...
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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 are the audible symptoms of a failing starter motor?

My 2004 Subaru WRX has 110000 miles on the odometer and I'm worried about the original equipment starter motor. Here are the audible symptoms that have me concerned: During the winter, I noticed ...
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Why does the Check Engine code for emissions failure disable traction control and cruise?

I have a 2010 Forester with nearly 100k miles, and it just started giving the "emissions" check engine code (P0420, Catalytic Converter Efficiency Below Threshold). When that code is tripped in the ...
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My subaru legacy will not boost

I drive a Subaru Legacy Turbocharged GT 2008 model with an EJ20 engine. When I press hard on the acceleration to boost the tachometer upon reaching 4-5 thousand RPM's it starts jerking and there is ...
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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 station wagon 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 ...
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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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revving sounds and the engine cut

I have a 2002 Subaru Forester. My engine light came on a couple of days ago and I was planning on bringing my car in to have it checked out. This evening as I was driving I felt like the car would ...
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weird noise when I use the clutch

When I push my my clutch in at a stop it makes a weird whining noise, if I release the clutch it stops but when I push the throttle it starts again, my vehicle is a 2005 subaru wrx, the gears all ...
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2002 Subaru Legacy, Grinding Sound

Just got home from work and put my car into park and heard a grinding sound. The parking brake stopped working. I tried putting it into drive and got the same grinding sound. It was as if something ...
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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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Subaru Forester Power Tailgate won't open

When I press the power tailgate button to open the tailgate, it beeps 3 times quickly (and does not open). Same behavior when trying to close the gate using the button on the bottom (3 beeps, doesn't ...
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1997 Subaru Legacy - 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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How do I apply dielectric grease to my battery?

I recently had a new battery installed in my 2006 Subaru Forester. The shop did not use any dielectric grease, just connected the leads to the terminal and that's it. What is the preferred method of ...
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Filling gouge on oil sealing surface in aluminum engine block

I bought a 2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport (2.5L EJ251 SOHC) a year ago and have found a leaking crankshaft seal. When going in to replace it, I see that the leak is probably caused by a small gouge ...
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Subaru Impreza 2.5i - What are reasons my engine would sputter when turning off?

I have Subaru Impreza 2.5i (2.5 NA). My car's engine sputters a bit when turning it off. Specifically it seems like the cars engine keeps turning for a little longer right after I remove the keys. ...
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2005 Subaru 2.5 RS - Engine-wise, how damaging is burning oil?

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 the long-term because it doesn't belong in the combustion chamber? I ...
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2013 Subaru WRX - Stripped exhaust bolt

I got an exhaust and I was putting it 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 ...
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2010 Subaru Legacy weird bolt holding stereo

I just tried to replace my 2010 Legacy's stereo today and found out that there is some weird bolts (refer to attached image) holding the stereo brackets. I can not get that bolt out. Its got a head ...
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Subaru Legacy cam belt change

I have got a 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT and it has done 90,000 KMs now. What is the best time to change its cam/timing belt? Is it by 100,000 KMs or 100,000 Miles? Thanks!
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problem with overheating and heater core in 1998 Subaru Forester

UPDATE: It has been a year and a half and it is now happening again! (same exact presentation.) It started happening again when it started getting cold out and is still going on now. Took it to the ...
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Conequences and remedies of a cam seal leak

2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport, Manual Transmission, 170000 miles, EJ251 SOHC A mechanic has told me that I have a leaking camshaft seal. I have a few questions. Background is that I had my head ...
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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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Have I caused engine damage by cranking it backwards?

While trying to remove the main pulley from my timing belt, I place a screwdriver in the flywheel. I failed to realize that the screwdriver had 'popped' out of place and proceed to crank the engine ...
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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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Subaru Forester XT 2002 driver power window malfunctioning

My driver side power window does not go down automatically but will go down if you keep the switch depressed. On the other hand the up function only work by continuously pulling and releasing the ...
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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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Misfire on 2000 Subaru 2.5 diagnosis problem

I've got this 2000 Subaru Legacy, manual transmission, with a 2.5L 4cyl. I've been getting occasional codes for bank 1 system too lean for a couple years now, but haven't had many issues with it and ...
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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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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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Getting the best results sealing head gasket leak with Blue Devil

The 1998 Subaru Outback I've been having cooling system problems with turns out to have a combustion gas leak into the coolant. I suspected this but couldn't get a test to turn up anything; taking it ...
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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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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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Should I let air out of my tires?

I bought a car brand new 9 months ago. My tire pressure sensor came on. I checked the tire pressure, and it was at 35 PSI. My maximum tire pressure is 51 PSI with a warning not to fill above 40 PSI. I ...
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07 Subaru Forester XT Electric window working intermittently

A few days ago my Subaru Forester's driver's window (RHD) developed this habit of not opening when I push the switch, or sometimes I push the switch, then nothing happens for a couple of seconds, then ...
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Subaru forester electric window motor - part identification

The front right ( UK drivers side) electric window on my 2004 Forester has never worked, and today I took the motor out to inspect - and it's toast, utterly rotten. Is it the same as the back one? I ...
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Subaru Outback Towing vs Coasting

We just recently got a Subaru Outback. It is a manual and has AWD. The dealer told us if we need it towed, it has to go on a trailer, and can't be towed with wheels down. I understand that this can ...
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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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Why do Subarus run so rich under boost

This isn't a general question regarding air/fuel ratios. I want to know why Subaru specifically insists on making their cars run ridiculously rich under boost. For instance, my 2007 Forester XT has an ...
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Do you really need to cool down your turbo after hard driving? [duplicate]

Vehicle: 2012 Subaru Sti I have been driving turbocharged cars for a while now and I have blatantly accepted that before shutting down you must let your car idle for a few minutes after driving hard ...
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Do I need to paint my bumper?

I am replacing a rear bumper cover on my 2004 Subaru Impreza, and the cheapest deal I can find is a brand new, unpainted unit. My question is whether it is important to paint it, they way it would be ...
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Torn tire tread and sidewall on Subaru Impreza

My wife hit a curb in my 2012 Subaru Impreza and there is a small tear in the tread. Do I need to replace all 4 tires or can I just replace 2? I was told that I may have to replace all 4 tires because ...
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Knock sensor ground and dieletric grease

The knock sensor for my 2001 Subaru Outback grounds through the engine block. I've seen various advice about whether to put dielectric grease on the underside (where the grounding takes place). Some ...
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Are Boxer Engines Easy to Work On? [closed]

How hard are boxer engines to work on and how common are they? Specifically, I'm looking at a Subaru Impreza with a 1.6L EJ16 boxer engine ( which seems to be in very good condition ) and am ...
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No Sound from one Car speaker

I have an old Impreza 2002. Stereo Receiver died. I bought an inexpensive Boss Receiver from Amazon and also bought a Scosche Wiring Harness that fit my car. Put it in and not getting sound from ...
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Long term storage of parts

I recently bought some spare parts for my Subaru Forester XT and would like to store them the right way until I need them. Specifically, I have a turbo, injectors, exhaust and intercooler that needs ...
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How did the tyre shop flatten my battery?

I bought a 'new' (2004) Subaru Forester last week. The other day, I took it in to have the wheel alignment checked, and once they had finished aligning it, they came back and said "the battery was ...
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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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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 ...