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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Is 30k mile maintenance really required?

Is 30k mile maintenance really required? I have a subaru wrx '09 and the time has come for the check. I called the dealer after going through the manual. They quoted me 500+ for the check which ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is Redline Lightweight Shockproof appropriate for an aging 2004 Subaru Impreza manual gearbox?

I have an aging (but wonderful) 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX with a manual gearbox. For some time, I have noticed that the synchros have begun to feel worn with the stock dealer-issue oil. Shifts are ...
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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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Rough ride on LL Bean Subaru, are the struts the cause?

I have a 2004 LLBean with 88,000 miles on it. It rides worse than my old 2001 limited. The ride is hard. I was told that as long as the struts are not leaking oil, they are fine. Is this true? I ...
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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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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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How much oil will this fluid extractor extract?

The Griots Garage multi-fluid extractor is an example of a tool that certainly seems amazingly useful and convenient. If you haven't seen it before, the concept is that a semi rigid tube is inserted ...
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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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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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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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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: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Subaru forester electric window motor

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 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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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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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 the silencer in the intake path too restrictive on the 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX?

If you look under the hood of a WRX, the intake path is a little convoluted. Air enters a large channel near the hood latch that funnels diagonally across the front of the engine compartment. It ...
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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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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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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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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 ...