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One of two things I think could be happening here. One of your wheels might have thrown a weight and become unbalanced. Second thing to check is to see if you have any ice buildup on the inside of the rim which would also have caused an imbalance. (Not knowing if you are in a winter climate where you are would figure into the second part of this answer.) ...


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If you are in a high humidity area, I would: Coat the part in WD-40 (at least pieces which are made of or have exposed metal pieces). Put them into a large Zip Lock Style Vacuum Storage bag along with ~six oxygen absorbers Vacuum out the storage bag Place bag on the shelf and leave it alone. You may want to put something around the part so any sharp ...


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I had a situation like this many years ago: my 87 Mustang would make squeaking brake disk noises from one of the front wheels when the wheels were very close to straight ahead. When I turned the steering wheel, the noise would sometimes stop. This was eventually diagnosed as a brake disk that was very slightly warped. Your car is getting older now (full ...


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I'm assuming no one here answering has driven a Subaru manual transmission before or long enough. I'm fairly certain there is nothing wrong with your synchros or transmission. Subaru's are generally very hard to shift into first while in motion. I daily-drive a 2011 WRX and and the first gear has always been like that, even when it was brand new. I have ...


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In terms of towing, in reality, all you need is enough torque to get over initial resistance, as rolling resistance is much lower. This is why you get people who can tow a bus, or a jumbo jet, for example, so absolute power isn't the be-all and end-all. As I wrote in my comment, the flat-4 boxer engine is a good one for pulling, as it does give smooth ...


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This possibly isn't worth fixing - I certainly wouldn't fix it. In general you shouldn't use 1st gear except for starting off from stationary. The synchro for 1st gear is different to the others for this very reason. What you probably have done is worn the synchroniser out through not matching revs accurately. If you absolutely must change into 1st while ...


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If you really want a no-install option, and even @paulster2 answer seems like work then why not use old school locks like gear/steering locks? Or better, this -


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The other day while I was searching for information on electronic relays, I ran across this solution to your problem: (I found it on this site.) Here is the write up which goes along with it, which I find pretty cool: This is a clever little circuit involving two relays and a momentary switch and is more a of a 'logic' circuit than one used to switch ...


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Actually running rich is less dangerous than running lean. I don't know specifically about Subaru, but in general, running lean can cause detonation more easily. And yes, while 14.7:1 is the stoichiometric ratio deemed as perfect for an air fuel mixture, running rich has the big advantage of reducing the chances of pre-ignition or pinging. In a turbo car, ...


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It sounds very much like you've blown a head gasket. Even with a new vehicle such as yours, this is not unheard of. There are only two ways you'll get white smoke that I'm aware of, those being a blown head gasket or it sucking up automatic transmission fluid. A head gasket is much more common. I'm sure this thing is still under warranty, so get it down to ...


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It sounds as though the solenoid is going out on your starter, or possibly the brushes are worn out on the armature. I doubt it has to do with the cold, mainly because you said it did it after being running for a while (on your trip to Tim Hortons). The starter/solenoid would have been pretty warm at that point ... way warmer than it would need to be if ...


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How old is the battery (if it has a date stamped on it)? If it is over five years old, I'd replace it as a maintenance item. Remember too, a healthy battery should actually be over 13vdc at rest and fully charged. If your battery was only reading 12vdc, this is an indication of a weak battery to me. It may have a bad cell and accumulate what I call a surface ...


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DTC P0420 - Catalyst system efficiency below threshold (bank-1) DTC P0457 - Evaporative emission control system leak detected (fuel cap loose/off) First let's look at the P0420 causes include: Exhaust leak Catalytic converter Rear O2 sensor circuit The computer compares the pre- and post-cat O2 sensors readings to determine if the cat is working ...


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You haven't said how old your car is... Old cars did indeed function as you describe with the AC compressor cycling on and off. It was either compressing, or it wasn't. You had to size the compressor for the worst case cooling need (i.e. relatively large) and when the compressor kicked in, it was quite noticeable (i.e. the engine would jerk as the ...


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While I won't speak directly to the Subaru and its specific towing capacity, there are several reason why some vehicles have better towing capacity than others. The main reason is most people think about towing as how much a vehicle can actually pull, when there are more factors involved. You also need to look at how much the vehicle can safely slow down. ...


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It's most likely a headgasket. When they fail in a certain way, they allow exhaust gases to get into the coolant circuit instead of escaping out the exhaust valves like the Lord intended. Only way to be sure is to have a compression test done by a workshop. If you're lucky, they'll do it for free, otherwise it's not an expensive or long procedure. They just ...


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While a manual transmission in the Subarus seem to run high at highway speeds (according to this website, 3200 @ 70mph is normal ... this to me who runs a vehicle which maintains ~1800-2000rpm at 70mph seems high, but nothing like what you are experiencing), running over 3500rpm at 50mph seems quite a bit excessive. This could be the cause of your heating ...


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Short answer, yes - a faulty O2 can make the Check Engine Light / MIL to go on. Do you know what the code is?


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Should the procedure for this car be same as a 2004 Impreza? I think I would use this video for direction. Should the axle nut be loosened before or after lifting the car? If you are not replacing the wheel bearing, then no. I saw on your video where it says that you can cause damage to the wheel bearing by doing it with the car on the ...


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The answer to your question is, the Automatic Subaru Outback should NOT be flat towed. If it is determined you have done so, would void your warranty. I found this on the Family Motor Coach Association forum: ... the information in the Outback owners manual being vague when it comes to recreational towing. It specifically says not to tow automatic and ...


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OK, a month later I figured it out! Here's what finally worked: Delete all duplicate audio devices in the Bluetooth menu Pair the phone using the hands-free system via the steering wheel "off hook" button This seems arbitrary but it solved my problem. See the owner's manual page 5-38 for the exact procedure. If you start pairing using the the radio ...


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It turns out the way to resynch a Cobra key fob is to hold both buttons down for about 6-8 seconds, or until the flashing lights stop flashing. You then release the buttons, and press each of them once. Update: It turns out there is even a Cobra Car Tech YouTube channel, and they have a video showing what I have described above.


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Depending on the colour of the smoke that is produced from the exhaust it could be different sources, have you had a valve cover replacement done on the car? I've worked on some cars that have leaking valve covers where the spark plugs are located and this causes issues with oil seeping into the cylinders, which could be a source of smoke, and oil loss. ...


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You can check the rear toe in exactly the same way you check the front toe -- using the same string setup, parallel to the car's centerline, measure the distance from the string to the leading and trailing edges of the wheel. One thing to be careful of is that the rear tread (a.k.a. track) may be different than the front. When you're lining up your string, ...


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Are the new tyres of the same load rating (the 95 before the H) as the recommended ones? The primary issue with using a lower than recommended speed rating is legality, particularly relating to insurance. Obviously this will vary according to which country/state/jurisdiction you are in, for example in the UK you must declare this to your insurance company ...


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From the look of the picture I would say that there is not much 'meat' left for the threads of the bolt to grab against. The amount of corrosion leads me to believe there were threads all the way through at some point. Drilling/tapping can get complicated and expensive if you don't have the tap. Also the bigger bolt may not fit through the caliper. Correct ...


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Well, this was me being an idiot. Or, more charitably, not thinking the situation through. When I got around to reassembly, I realized that this hub assembly is between the head of the bolt and the support bracket, and it's the bracket itself that has the threaded hole. This bolt hole felt so loose because there aren't threads; it's drilled to the full ...


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I wish I could provide you with facts, I map to reality and facts are the basis of it. Alas, I cannot. I do not believe you will have valid information unless you sample the stock 02 sensor and map output without change other than a cue of the stock 02 sensors rolling through. The only way to determine truth regarding the matter is to buy a bunch of the ...


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So after LOTS of research, it turns out that my Subaru Forester XT is running at 10.5 AFR at WOT because Subaru's don't like our 95RON fuel very much and it's a safety precaution to add an additional margin for error to prevent knocking if I ever tried filling up at a dodgy fuel pump in rural Africa.


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Its called in the UK "running on". Though I am not a Suburu expert, this is usually caused by a weak mixture,inlet air leaks, wrong grade spark plugs,wrong grade fuel,over advanced ignition timing, glowing carbon hot spots in the combustion chamber, leaking fuel injector, overheating engine, or on some engines a electric inlet suction break valve failing. ...



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