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Nasty smell in Subaru Outback

The car is a 2006 Subaru Outback with 82,000 miles. At low speeds we sometimes get a strong smell like natural gas in the cabin. Took it to the dealer twice, but it behaved -- no smell. The car has ...
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2008 Subaru Outback Slow to Accelerate, Won't Exceed 60mph in Drive

I recently bought a 2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i, 4-Speed Automatic with 220k miles on it. Overall, I'd say the car runs fine and reasonably smooth, but is slow to accelerate when in Drive and won't go ...
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Clutch noise when disengaged

I recently had the clutch replaced in my 2008 Subaru Outback. About 2 weeks afterward, I hear a squeaky noise when the clutch is disengaged. What could be causing that?
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Fuel pump on a Subaru Outback

Hello can anyone tell me where the fuel pump is located in a Subaru Outback 2003 model? Thank you in advance
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Subaru outback 2.5l 201

My Subaru outback as engine problems. Engine light comes on the vehicle over heats. I have replaced the engine on the vehicle 2x. Both times the engine over heated. This is a 2011 outback 2.5L engine. ...
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Subaru Outback 2022 electronic hatch won't open and lock won't latch

Our 2020 Subaru Outback rear gate won't open or close and the lock remains in open position. How do I reset it?
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Subaru Outback Eyesight failed after just 4 years

I have a 2019 Subaru Outback that I bought new. It's had electrical issues since I bought it. I took it to the shop 2 to 3 times for Subaru to fix them - e.g. The passenger window button doesn't ...
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Fuses for clock and remote key entry in Subaru Outback 2016

What are the fuse number(s) for the clock and remote key entry in a Subaru Outback 2016 2.5 CVT Premium (USA)? The Subaru reference material is to vague too answer this question.
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2007 Subaru Outback - Split AC/Heat passenger side not responsive

As stated I have a 2007 Subaru Outback, with the LL Bean package; no LED screen yet on this one. The AC/Heat has split controls, one for the passenger side and one for the driver. I've always kept ...
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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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2011 Subaru Outback grinding noise when starting car

Recently when I start the car (usually when outside temperature is less than 70F), I hear a slight to moderate grinding sound right as the car starts. Nothing else seems out of place during the ...
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Cable routing and ground for an Anderson connector in the load area of a 2005 Subaru Outback

I want to run a cable from my main battery to an Anderson connector in the cargo area of my 2005 Subaru Outback, to support charging a secondary battery. The secondary battery will be in a removable ...
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Does anyone the location of the serial numbers for 2004 CARB Subaru Outback Catalytic Converters?

I replaced most of my exhaust system a few years ago (catalytic converters and O2 Sensors) because of a P0420 error. My car came from a state that required the vehicles to meet strict emissions ...
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Squeak noise coming from clutch release mechanism when clutch disengaged

I need help diagnosing and fixing a sound coming from my 2007 Subaru Outback, 2.5L engine, 5 speed manual transmission. It is making a rhythmic squeak/chirping sound at idle, almost sounds like a ...
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Engine mount bolts not lining up

I have a '99 Subaru Legacy Outback, and I'm working on getting the engine (EJ25) back into the car after replacing the head gaskets. I got the four bolts that attach through the transmission ...
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Autostart remote car starter not working

The Autostart remote starter is not working. Everything else works. The unlock door, unlock trunk, lock door all work well. But the remote start doesnt work. I will hear a click when it tries to start ...
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How to Safely Align Lower Strut Bolt on 2001 Outback

Context I'm replacing the rear struts on a 2001 Subaru Outback with pre-assembled "quick" struts. I have both rear wheels up with the rear of the car supported by jackstands on either side. ...
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Intermittent Ticking Sound Coming From Wheel [2010 Subaru Outback]

I have a 2010 Subaru Legacy Outback that I recently bought. I recently realized that there is sometimes a ticking sound coming from the front left wheel area when driving. The sound is pretty quiet ...
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2002 Subaru Outback strange starting

my 2002 Subaru Outback has an anti theft starter system where if I turn the key nothing happens, but if I turn the key and also press the windshield wiper de-icer then the call will start. This is how ...
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HVAC clutch cycle

2007 3.0R Subaru Outback - the hot & cold climate air work OK. I've checked the clutch gap which is within the tolerance specified by the factory service manual. Often when climate temperature ...
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Does this look like a head gasket leak?

I'm looking to buy this 2013 Subaru Outback, 2.5L DOHC. The car has 60K, is in immaculate condition, has lived its whole life in the Southwest, and has records of regular maintenance. The ...
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97 Subaru overtemp

I picked up a 97 Subaru Outback at a very low price. I knew the head gaskets were bad and for the price I thought it would be a fun project. I am planning to replace the engine but thought it might be ...
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Subaru Outback 2014 was towed with front wheels raised and rear wheels on ground for about 5 miles. Now AT Oil Temp light flashes

Okay, I did it and now the flashing/blinking AT Oil Temp light is very concerning. Is that caused by such improper towing? If so, what would I expect to happen or to have fixed? It’s a 2.5l CVT over ...
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Identifying a connector on engine block

I have 2005 Subaru Outback 3.0R H6. Today, out of the blue I've got P0500 Vehicle Speed Sensor "A" code. One of the symptoms of this code might be exposed wires somewhere. I checked the wires under ...
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heater is cold until I hear a noise and heat starts immediately

I think the answer to this is easy but I'm not sure of the part name. I'm driving along and have the heater on, but it's blowing cold air. Then I hear kind of a "clackety clack", and then the air ...
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How do I move engine back to line up motor mount bolts 06 Subaru outback

so I just replaced my valve cover gaskets due to them leaking pretty bad. To get them out (without removing engine) I had to unbolt the motor from mounts and jack the engine up a few inches to get ...
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Torquing Strut Nut with Tire on Ground

I will be changing my wife's shocks and struts next week on her 2012 Outback. The service manual says not to tighten strut mounting nut until the car is on the ground. Do I really leave the nut that ...
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Timing belt specification

I'm looking for the timing belt specification for my 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback. I need the number of teeth that are supposed to be between each mark, as my (replacement) belt came without the white ...
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Losing two cylinders after 10 minutes

I have a 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback with a 2.5L motor. Mileage on the car is about 150k, but the engine has another 40k on it or so (the old one threw a rod). I can drive the car for almost exactly ...
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Changing tire size on my '13 Subaru Outback

It's time for me to get new tires, and I realized that I my car currently does not have stock wheels and tires on it. I am the second owner, so I'm guessing the first owner changed it. Although they ...
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High revving when I push in the clutch

So my 05 impreza outback sport is having a high revving issue. It mostly does it when it's been warmed up and it's been getting worse.in between shifting and when I just push in the clutch, I'm at a ...
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Changing wheel size on 2011 Subaru Outback from 16 to 17

I have a question about my 2011 Subaru outback wagon. Would changing the wheel size from 16 to 17 affect the way my car would respond to hitting ice and antilock brake function? My car starting ...
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Missed a connector in my AC system?

I just changed the heater core in my 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback. I had to take the dash out, and disconnect many connectors. After putting it all back together, my heat now works (yay!), but my AC ...
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Windscreen washer thing

There is a hole in the part that holds my water for washing my windscreen on my 2003 Subaru Outback and I wanted to know is it expensive to fix this and can you do it yourself if you get a secondhand ...
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Shaking steering wheel while turning, squealing. Power steering?

My steering wheel is shaking when I turn. It seems like the power steering is kicking in sporadically. I only notice it when I'm going slow, and turning sharp (e.g. backing out of my driveway each ...
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Which engines will fit my 1999 Legacy Outback

I just started hearing some ticking in my engine. It seems to be coming from the main block, so I'm thinking it's probably a rod bearing. I've been doing a bit of browsing on Craigslist and eBay for ...
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2003 Subaru Outback 2.5 l sedan automatic transmission sport mode

I see the green light on the dashboard that says sport but don’t know what it is and whether it should be on all the time. I also don’t know where the button is to turn it off either. This car is ...
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1996 Subaru Not Starting

My friend owns a 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback. I recently had to drive the car, but when I tried to start it it wouldn't start. When I removed the key a loud clicking sound came from somewhere behind ...
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Just changed motor 2.5 subaru outback starts and runs good. No power after warms up. No codes

After replacing the engine in a 2007 outback 2.5l. The engine starts fine warm and cold. The engine has plenty of power cold but loses power as the car warms up. I've been swapping sensors and even ...
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2013 Subaru Outback Belt squealing returns 1 month after replacement

I have a 2013 Subaru outback 2.5 4cyl. I replaced the serpentine belt about a month ago because it was squealing. The new belt stopped the noise for about a month and it returned. I thought maybe ...
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Creaking when braking after recent service

Car: 2013 Subaru Outback, 65k miles Recently my SO hit a curb in the car (front-left wheel). After looking it over, it was obvious the control arm and inner tie rod would need to be replaced. I ...
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What would it take to get CarPlay in an older Outback model?

I have a 2011 Subaru Outback and quite simply I'm looking for a way to get CarPlay in it. It already has a screen and bluetooth but do i have to buy a new screen to get car play? Is there a software ...
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Can a rear end collision cause damage to the brakes?

My 2017 Subaru Outback was rear-ended a week back. I took it to two independent body works shop for damage estimates. Both shops were in agreement and said the following: The rear body panel needs ...
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Clicking and turn signal blinking after disconnecting battery

I disconnected my battery to change my spark plugs today. With everything reconnected, the engine runs fine. Afterwards, the car produces a clicking noise at about 1 Hz for periods of several ...
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Window motor replacement 2001 Subaru Outback

How do I replace a right front power window motor on my 2001 Subaru Outback?
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What kind of transmission issue does this sound like?

It's a 2005 subaru outback. It was under snow and freezing for about six days. When I tried to drive it, it started up fine but drove kind of noisy and woudln't go above 20-25 for about ten minutes. ...
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2001 Subaru Outback - Shaking at Stop

I have a 2001 Subaru Outback. When I come to a stop at a stoplight I get a nasty vibration. Seem centered around the passenger front. We did axles last year but are high mileage drivers. Axles ...
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2007 Subaru Outback 'Leak' ... what is it?

I'm looking to buy a 2007 Subaru Outback (automatic). For some reason they all seem to have an oily splatter as shown in image. This car is extra oily in this spot (but it has many miles). Anyone ...
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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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Subaru Outback with EJ25 making noise when easing off the accelerator

My friend has a 2007 Subaru Outback (with an NA EJ25 motor, 140k miles, automatic) that is making a noise when he eases off the accelerator pedal. It seems to happen when the engine hits over 3k RPM ...