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

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Is there a way to use a power steering hose assembly with wrong fittings?

Let me first state that I'm in Australia. My 1995 Subaru Impreza has leaky power steering hoses. The story of how I obtained my replacement part goes like this: I went to my local dealership to ...
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10/89 (1990) Subaru Legacy EJ22 - OBDI Code 45

10/89 Subaru Legacy EJ22. NA. Multiport Fuel Injection. Throwing... Code 45: Pressure duty solenoid (turbo)/atmospheric pressure sensor circuit (non-turbo) Where is this thing located? I ...
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How to test if turbo is properly working in a 2006 Forester XT

I recently had my Forester engine serviced and afterwards it didn't feel like I was getting boost and was getting a whirring/spinning noise while throttling. I brought it back and they realized they ...
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90 Subaru Legacy - Pull Codes

I have a 10/89 Subaru Legacy I am working on. OBDI most likely, but trying to figure out how to get the check engine light to blink and do its thing. We've pulled the panel under the steering column ...
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Small black box located under intake manifold

I'm working on a Subaru EG33 engine which originally came out of a '92 SVX and will be going into a '96 Impreza. We had to take the upper part of the intake manifold off to get to parts of the engine ...
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A back door power window on a 2012 Subaru Forester not rolling up

On our 2012 Subaru Forester, the back window doesn't roll up anymore. Neither the button on the driver's control switch, nor on the door itself has any effect. There's no response to the button and we ...
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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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What kind of coolant can I use for my 2006 Subaru Forester? Does color matter?

The coolant levels in my 2006 Subaru Forester seemed low so I was going to pick up Prestone pre-mix from the store and top it off. The coolant in my car is blue. The manual says SUBARU coolant or an ...
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How to tell if a Subaru needs a main seal replacement

I was just told by the mechanic that I need a new main seal on a used car I just purchased: 2006 Subaru Forester 2.5XT turbo 139k miles. He said that he can see the oil when he looked under the car. ...
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Rear Bumper, Reinforcement?

My car has been bumped into and in need of a new rear bumper. I'm trying to go the least expensive way possible regarding the repair. I don't want to get ripped off because I lack knowledge in the ...
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I'm having a hard time visually inspecting brake pad wear

I just bought a used car with soft/squishy braking so I'm trying to figure out if I need brake pads. I'm looking at my brake pads and having a hard time telling how much material is left - to me it ...
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Coolant draining in Subarus

In Subarus the thermostat is located at the lower radiator hose, in one body together with the pump, effectively separating water inlet from the radiator to the engine block and core heater. Yet to ...
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Damaged tailgate strut attachment point in WRX

I have a 2003 Subaru WRX (in the USA) and the left tailgate strut attachment point is badly damaged. I have asked a few body shops and quotes are typically in the $500+ range to repair the damage by ...
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Bottom of Impreza banged driveway apron

QUESTIONS: Could there be damage? What should I look for? What's under there that it could have hit? SHORT STORY: Bottom of car (like under where the front seats are) banged on a driveway apron ...
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Why would an Injector and the Idle Control Solenoid be linked?

I'm currently working on a 92 Subaru SVX wiring harness. I'm tearing it apart so I can use the engine side of the wiring harness to run the H6 EG33 engine I pulled out of the car. We are transplanting ...
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How to repair a cracked plastic bumper

My wife's brand new bumper cracked from some road debris (image): Body shop quoted her something ridiculous like $1100 (a $280 part plus a ton of labor, to replace the whole thing). I know there ...
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1995 Subaru impreza acceleration problem

I recently brought a 95 Subaru impreza 1.6 ltr 5 speed manual. I put my foot down on accelerator and it spits and splutters. If i put my foot down slowly I can get up to speed, but once I'm at say 100 ...
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Can standard spark plugs be used instead of platinum/iridium?

I have a 2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i with a M/T. Can standard plugs be used in place of the (overpriced) platinum/iridium OEM's? I tried platinum in two previous cars and they gave less mpg and ...
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Subaru clunking and whining - differential?

I have a 2002 Subaru Outback with a 5 speed manual and 160k miles on it. The previous owner claims to have replaced the front differential, because it was locked up. Now, I have been hearing whining ...
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2004 Subaru Forester black smoke oil not accelerating

I was driving my car on I - 70 and all of a sudden the oil light was flicking on and off the check engine light had been on already but the car started to lose speed and no rpms showed while I tryed ...
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Subaru 2002 Impreza 2.5 TS - Head Gasket

My Subaru started overheating; it had run out of coolant completely. Once I refilled the coolant, the car ran about a 1.2k mile trip just fine without any overheating. Recently, the car started ...
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Where does Subaru Impreza 2008 fuel filter lies?

I am unable to locate the fuel filter in my 2008 Subaru Impreza, because I want to replace it? Where does it lie?
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Subaru Impreza rear wiper relay?

I have a faulty rear wiper relay on an impreza, but I cannot identify it's part number. It's 12v, but what Amperage? It has a part number and details as follows 12V5B-1T 642N NILES JAPAN It ...
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Occasional trouble idling

I have a 2004 Subaru Forester XS (manual transmission). A few times a month, the engine will not start or idle without feathering the accelerator. During normal driving, everything works fine until ...
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Speaker setup in Subaru Impreza

I recently had an Alpine INE-W960A Navigation head unit and SPR-60C component speakers installed in my 2016 Impreza hatchback. As my budget was limited I did not replace the rear door speakers at the ...
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Can a 2013 17" Forester rim be fitted to 2002+ models

The MY2002+ base model Subaru Forester's have a 16" steel rim (offset 48 and 5 x 100). The 2013 (and later I think) model Forester has steel rims in a similar style but 17". Can these be fitted to a ...
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What to do about leaking power steering fluid

I have a 98 Outback that's badly leaking power steering fluid somewhere at/near the pump. Stop-leak products have not helped. It'll go several months without the fluid getting unacceptably low, but it ...
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Will towing a trailer hurt my 2008 Subaru Forester?

I'm getting some mixed advice about towing with a Forester. We are considering buying a small popup camper, and also maybe a small utility trailer. The camper would be for there-and-back trips, not ...
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Malfunctioning Ambient Temperature Gauge - 2004 Subaru Forester

I own a 2004 Subaru Forester XS with 102,000 miles on it and required service and inspections just completed. Now the Ambient Temperature Gauge keeps malfunctioning - often sticks at 77; after a ...
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AC Compressor Working?

I have a 2005 Subaru Legacy GT. The AC pumps a little cold air and then blows only at room temperature. I understand there are two sides to an AC system (high and low) and that the exchange valve ...
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2003 Subaru Outback Legacy, Blown Head Gasket

The past month I have been refilling my empty coolant reservoir before each trip. My most recent trip I noticed every few moments I would lose some performance, the RPM's would stay the same but my ...
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Subaru Forester - Timing Belt

I have a Subaru Forester X Limited AT 2000cc 2AB 2009. The timing belt requires replacement. My question is if the Gates TCK304 Timing Belt Component Kit, fits my Subaru?
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How much room do I need to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning?

I'm driving an 04' Subaru Forester, and it needs some cleaning on the inside. I'm in my apartments underground parking garage, and I'm wondering, am I safe to idle the car (for the AC, lights on ...
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bluetooth not shutting off audio when answering the phone

2016 Subaru Outback won't shut off audio book when answering the phone. Tech at Subaru dealership said it was because I was using one click digital and I needed to switch to audible. I don't believe ...
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subaru impreza 1998 clutch noise

I have subaru impreza 1998 with manual transmission. When I push the clutch I hear a noise like the noise of the power steering belt when its over tightened. The mechanic replaced the clutch bearing ...
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1997 Subaru WRX STI Type R - Strange and occasional turbo lag

After a longer drive (45 minutes on highway) my turbo is spooling but not putting power to the tires. The revs just kinda bounce there like it's hitting a limiter but it's only around 5k rpm. This ...
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2005 Subaru Legacy Outback 3LR g H6

Tried burping radiator with no success. Water boils out but temp gauge reads normal??? 2005 Subaru Outback 3.0 H6.
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1999 Subaru Forester - bad acceleration, rough shifting

I have a 1999 Subaru Forester with an automatic transmission and a 2.5 Liter Motor. It has poor acceleration and rough shifting I started to notice 'hesitation' on take off. It just slowly appeared....
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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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Oil Change Steps? (check my list) 2014 Impreza

Decided to spend time w/my newly-met dad and do an oil change together on my 2014 Impreza Sport. I told him i want to do the work, myself, with his support. I'm fairly confident and have watched some ...
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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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I changed the oil and might have put too much in. What do I do?

I just bought a Subaru Baja 2005 and decided I needed to change the oil. I got the right oil and filter and got my mom and younger brother to help me. We drained the oil and tried to take off the ...
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2006 wrx overheats going slow but not at speed

my 2006 wrx heats up into the red going slow on back roads but is fine and shows no signs of any issue going fast. what is the deal? blown head gasket?
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2002 Subaru Forester S - Multiple Non-functional Electrical Components

Bought the car a few days ago, now I'm noticing something that I'm betting may have been done on purpose. My power locks do not work at all, have to manually lock each door. Not the worst thing but ...
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Does it save wear on AWD drivetrain to shift to Neutral before going into Park or Reverse?

I have an old Subaru with All Wheel Drive. I can feel in some circumstances the larger and more complex drivetrain "winding and unwinding" all those differentials and CV joints. It feels unpleasant, ...
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Subaru - seem to have broken a tooth in starter pinion or ring gear

Subaru Forester (manual transmission). Stupidly restarted car after a stall but before engine stopped turning. Now there is a noise like a broken part inside the engine. Must be piece of starter ...
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Buy a car for cheap to avoid registration costs? [closed]

Not sure where to ask this, so feel free to move it if necessary. Suppose I want to buy a car from my friend for $8,000. To avoid registration costs, I pay him a measly $500 for the car and $7,500 ...
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Strange overheating behaviour

My 10 year old Litchfield Forester STi needs a bit of maintenance to sort a minor oil leak but other than that has been behaving well for the past year with regular oil top ups. This week on the ...
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All-wheel drive single tire placement [duplicate]

We have an all-wheel drive Subaru. A few months ago we had one tire blow on a set that was around a year old. We were told (by the tire store) we had to replace all of them. That sounded nuts but I ...
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Radio not playing music through speakers

I have a 2013 Subaru WRX Limited with the touch screen radio. Recently I realized that my radio lost sound just out of no where one day when my car didn't play music. The navigation and everything ...
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