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

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Subaru WRX is making a flutter sound?

I have a 2017 Subaru WRX and it’s making like a fluttering sound At idle but as soon as I push on the clutch it goes away and then when I’m driving the sound comes back. I’m not sure what it could be ...
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Subaru crosstrek, forester, impreza, outback 8 bolt valve cover tightening sequence

What is the proper torque sequence for a Subaru valve / rocker cover that has an 8 bolt pattern?
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AC cools middle vents, remaining vents receive airflow but it is not cooled

In a 2015 Subaru Impreza, when the A/C compressor is powered on, the two middle vents blow air that was obviously cooled. However, the remaining vents (one on dashboard near drivers' door, one on ...
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Misfiring after changing spark plugs

2016 WRX Stage 1+BIGSF intake Dealing with a very annoying issue I CANNOT seem to figure out. Recently I've been tuning my car and figured changing the spark plugs would be a good idea. Ever since I ...
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Strange vibration noise in Subaru Forester

Every once in a great while, we hear a vibration noise coming from our 2014 Subaru Forester. It sort of sounds like a little buzzer, or a small electric motor is whirring. It seems to be coming from ...
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Still squealing with second new power steering pump and new belt

2009 Subaru Legacy 2.5 EJ253 SOHC engine My power steering pump began to squeal a few months ago and progressively increased in volume. I purchased a new pump and installed it, squealing immediatly ...
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2003 Subaru Outback coolant overflowing

I have a 2003 Subaru Outback Put new radiator, new hoses, new housing, new tstat, new belts, new Reservoir and hose and flushed it and it still sprays coolant all over the engine from the Reservoir. ...
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2016 WRX knocking sound - Codes

My 2016 had issues before this one which included - power loss. Loud idling when starting up. The power loss was an issue because sometimes turning right into traffic it would lose most all power I’d ...
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Why does my 2012 Subaru Exiga lags when I am moving off from a stationary position?

Does not pick up speed for a couple seconds. I changed the throttle sensor about a year ago when I had the issue and the problem went away for a while. There is also a check engine light and flashing ...
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Subaru many dash error lights after changing wheel hub (twice)

(Car #1 - 2012 Impreza) In the past I've changed both front bearing/hub assemblies on one of my Subarus, and that went fine. (Car #2 - 2011 Forester) Now I'm working on our other car - different ...
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Brake gurgle at slow stop

A gurgling groaning noise from the front left hand side during the final few yards pulling up to a red light. This only happens when the brakes are hot for example after driving down a hill. The car ...
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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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Possible Rear Differential Leak

I had my oil changed about a week ago on my 2016 Forester with ~45K miles. The tech toped off all the fluids and all that and said that the rear differential was leaking and that I should get it into ...
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No power steering and coolant explosion

2008 Subaru WRX (Turbo) I was pulling in to my parking spot and lost power steering looked at gauges and coolant temp was hot then white smoke/vapour from under the hood. Turn car off, pop hood and ...
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High-mileage transmission with no known oil changes. Safe to change fluid now?

I have a 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX with 212,000 miles. I have some paperwork on the past history of the car, but I don't see anything that refers to the transmission oil being changed (The transmission ...
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How to fix deep dent in Subaru Legacy Outback wagon front bumper?

I’ve got an old car with a deep dent in the bumper. I would like to pop the dent back out. I’m not looking to restore it to original condition — we’re way past that— but making the bumper convex again ...
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Brakes lock up as if the e-brake is engaged (solved by pumping the brakes)

Description of problem: This has happened twice now. Today I got in my car (after just having drove it for 30 mins with no problem), started it fine, but as soon as I moved forward it felt as though ...
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Any idea what this is?

I found this in my driveway under my car (2013 Subaru Legacy), so I can only assume it broke off. Any idea what it is??
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Subaru Forester - petrol coming out unlit in bursts out exhaust. Ideas on what could cause it?

I've got a Subaru Forester '02 2.5L that I push kind of hard off road on New Zealand beaches. I had a near dead battery recently so bought a new one but on replacing it I must have wiped the ECU ...
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1997 Subaru Legacy won't start after shorting ignition switch

My 1997 Subaru Legacy was recently stolen and recovered, and the thieves broke the ignition switch -- the key simply will not turn. As I was removing the ignition switch, I noticed that on the back, ...
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Is there a standard for how much oil should be added after replacing the high-pressure hose and accumulator/drier?

The high-pressure AC hose on my 2003 Subaru WRX has developed a leak, and I need to replace it. I also plan to replace the accumulator/drier at the same time. It appears almost no oil was lost from ...
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How do I replace the side mirror glass in a 2004 WRX?

My aged but well-loved 2004 Subaru WRX wagon has been passed on to my youngest as the going to college car. Unfortunately, 2020: the car has sat largely idle for more than a year now. During that time,...
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2009 Subaru Legacy Poor acceleration with no DTC codes

2009 Subaru Legacy EJ253 Non Turbo 4EAT transmission The car seems to be in LimpHomeMode although I don't know how to verify that. Very poor acceleration with some hesitation when in drive. The ...
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Special considerations for drilling into trim plastic?

I'm trying to install some cargo nets in the trunk of my 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. Although that the nets are not listed as compatible with the 2018 and later, I have found many reports of people ...
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Transmission problems

So I have a 2001 subaru legacy that was gifted to me with a destroyed throwout bearing. I replaced all of it except the flywheel cause it was in good condition. I had never drove a manual and learned ...
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Fuel rail pressure - how long should it hold?

My factory service manual states fuel pressure should be 50 psi with the engine running at idle. This is a six cylinder 2008 Subaru 3.0R engine with a return-less fuel line to the injectors. ...
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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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Subaru Legacy 2000 Factory Service Manual European version [closed]

I have been looking for a long time for this manual but couldn't find it on the internet, I found the American version of it but it is not applicable with my Vehicle Id Number. Im looking for the ...
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98 WRX EJ20 Cam or belt skipped teeth by hand

I'm doing the timing on a 1998 WRX EJ20 and I was trying to undo the crank bolt again (I'd already taken it off to remove the timing covers then reinstalled once the covers were off to align the ...
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Check for functionality of Subaru EyeSight package

I'm purchasing a used Subaru Crosstrek this week. It's a 2017 Sport model with the "Technology Package" meaning it has rear/side vehicle detection (standard on Sport model) plus Subaru's ...
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Low-pitch hum in tight low speed turns

I recently test drove a used 2017 Subaru Impreza and noticed a strange behavior I haven't encountered before, and that the mechanics at the dealer could not explain. With the car stationary, if I ...
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Why do my brake rotors wear out extremely fast?

I have a Subaru Forester 2011. Yesterday I noticed passenger rear wheel is extremely hot and has a burnt smell, and sent the car to my mechanic. Today he told me he did not find anything wrong with ...
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Re-centering clockspring 2009 Subaru legacy

My horn no longer works, the steering radio controls no longer work, my airbag light is on. I have a bad clockspring. The dealer wants $650 to install new. I found a complete steering column with ...
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Why is my coolant brown and overfilled?

I have a 2011 Subaru Impreza, and lately the engine overheat light has been turning on. I stopped driving it. I took a look at the coolant reservoir today. It's full almost right to the top and it's ...
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Does an axle nut require a "deep" socket?

I'm going to replace the front wheel bearing / hub assemblies on a Subaru. The axle nut should be 32 mm. Will a "deep" socket be needed? If its just a matter of the depth of bore of the hub ...
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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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Off road tires for a Subaru CrossTrek.2018 what needs to be done to get a good 75 height tire?

I just bought a 2018 Crosstrek. It has OEM tires on 18 inch wheels. I will be doing a lot of desert travel so I want a quality tire that I can safely deflate for extended miles. I have been doing some ...
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2006 Subaru Impreza sedan power window and central Locking stopped working

I replaced my Subaru Impreza sedan doors from my 06 on the drivers side with 05 doors and now all my windows won't work, central locking also isn't working and I've never had a problem before. I've ...
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2018 Crosstrek making a bottoming out thumb noise in DF assembly when going over very small things

I just got Subaru 2018 Crosstrek Premium a week ago and traveled a couple minor dirt roads. In my drivers side axle wheel area I am getting a loud thump that sounds like bottoming out, it is loud and ...
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Can I adjust or repair this ventilation setting dial which won't stay in place?

I have a 2012 Subaru Impreza. The knob which sets where the vents are directed refuses to stay in the leftmost setting (which directs air to the upper vents only). It can be turned that far manually ...
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Can anyone advise me on repair options for my 2012 Subaru Impreza?

I’m a young woman wondering if my mechanics are taking advantage of me. Here’s the backstory: New Subaru owner here, living in western washington. I bought my Subaru Impreza for $4k with 143k miles on ...
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2.5L Subaru 2013 Forester oil consumption

bought 2013 Subaru in 2014 had 22,000 plus miles at 53,00 plus I noticed it would take a quart of oil once awhile now I have 67,000 miles and I'am putting a quart in every 2,000 miles. The car has ...
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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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Occasional hard start possible causes?

I have a 2012 Subaru impreza, manual transmission. Most of the time it works great, starting with no trouble. However, from time to time it will have trouble starting. At those times, if I either a) ...
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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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Feasibility of replacement of Subaru Outback 2007 3.0L Cylinder heads

As noted I have a 2007 Subaru Outback with a V6 3.0L engine. It appears to be front-wheel drive. The head gasket(s) need replaced and possibly the cylinder heads. I used to work on cars 25-30 ...
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Is it worth replacing the entire clutch assembly when the clutch release bearing fails?

Subaru Forester 2011, about 110K miles on it. We've been told by a local mechanic (not a dealer) that the clutch release bearing needs to be replaced. The car makes some noise when shifting and prior ...
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Sludge in the oil of a Subaru Forester

My Subaru Forester has 105k. For the past three years, I've had to add oil to it at an increasing rate. In the past few months, I've had to add a quart every week or two. I have recently found out ...
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