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Apr
12
comment Where can I get help finding my way around the engine of my specific model of car?
Once upon a time I drove a '97 Subaru Legacy and I loved it. Don't have a car at the moment but odds are I'lll buy that same car again....don't care if I have to replace every god damn component, so worth it.
Apr
12
comment Is my automatic transmission broken?
Oh man, I wish I had updated it. I don't know why I didn't. I'm usually a very diligent SE user. I no longer have the car, sadly, after a truck hit me while I was waiting at a red light, and I can't remember what the fix was...that was 4 years ago, and the car broke down many times around then before I had resealed the engine and replaced a dozen other components. I'll see if I have any records, but expectations are low. I do know it wasn't the transmission: that one piece never gave me any trouble, ever, in 17 years of having the car. Luckily.
Apr
11
comment Is my automatic transmission broken?
@BobCross took your suggestion 4 years later. Have been away :)
Apr
11
comment Horrific squealing when car is first turned on?
@Paulster2 sorry I failed to accept this answer for two years, got distracted. :) But guess what, you were of course right about the source of the problem. Belt needed to be tightened somewhere or other.
May
25
comment Horrific squealing when car is first turned on?
There is some deflection, but very little. Yet starting the car with the hood open confirmed what was already obvious; it is DEFINITELY the belt squealing.
May
17
comment Horrific squealing when car is first turned on?
It seems this actually isn't the problem! The belt has almost zero deflection.
May
7
comment 1997 Subaru Legacy - Hood won't open
A+ for effort, thanks a ton.
May
7
comment 1997 Subaru Legacy - Hood won't open
No freakin clue. edit: translate: Yes that would be nice
May
7
comment 1997 Subaru Legacy - Hood won't open
I attempted to manipulate it and had very little success. I did not attempt to lube it. Yet.
May
7
comment 1997 Subaru Legacy - Hood won't open
Oh, yes, I forgot to mention the grill comes off completely. '97 was a long time ago. The centre cannot hold.
May
7
comment 1997 Subaru Legacy - Hood won't open
Not while I'm in the office, but maybe later. :)
May
7
comment 1997 Subaru Legacy - Hood won't open
I can get my hand in, but the latch won't move and I can't make out what's holding it. Likely someone with greater familiarity of what they're looking at right there might find it much clearer.
May
6
comment Horrific squealing when car is first turned on?
Wish I could give this ten upvotes. Even if it turns out not to be the problem, it's just a great explanation and guide. Kudos.
May
6
comment Horrific squealing when car is first turned on?
No. Squealing continues after engine is started and until car is fully in motion.
Apr
14
comment What happens if you put the wrong kind of gas in your car?
Definitely informative
Nov
26
comment What is a GB in this part diagram?
Wow, good call. Subaru Legacy '97. 2200.
Nov
20
comment Car not starting easily in the cold?
As far as I know...16 years. But I suppose the prior owner must have changed it at some point...right?
Jun
7
comment Car making a groaning sound when it moves?
Every time the car's inertia changes. During turns, lane changes, stops, starts, increase/decrease in speed.
Jul
25
comment Keeping an old car alive?
I've already got that rust as of the past year! It worries me but I don't know what to do about it.
Jun
16
comment Is my automatic transmission broken?
For the record, having identified and fixed the problem: I was low on transmission fluid, but not out. Apparently I just couldn't see well enough in the half-light under which it was examined. The true problem turned out to be simply that my coil had died altogether and needed to be replaced entirely. I still don't fully understand why that allowed for the car to start at all. Thanks for your answer though!