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High-mileage transmission with no known oil changes. Safe to change fluid now?

If this were my vehicle, I would change the transmission fluid and filter. There is a baseless school of thought, more like an "old wives tale" that you will just cause damage by changing ...
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Bottom of Impreza banged driveway apron

Your car is ten years younger (and has 1/10th the miles) but I suspect I know exactly where you hit. Most likely, the scrape you heard was the plastic under tray. This piece does what it says on the ...
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Bottom of Impreza banged driveway apron

If it hit directly under the front seats, there shouldn't be much to worry about - most of the important bits are further forward or further back. as @spicetraders says, try to have a look underneath ...
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Oil Change Steps? (check my list) 2014 Impreza

Here are the instructions per your owners manual. If all else fails, go back to the manual ... you can almost never go wrong by doing so, especially if you still have warranty left on your vehicle. ...
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How to repair a cracked plastic bumper

Sounds like you have the right idea, at least for a temporary repair. You'll have to remove the entire bumber assembly to do this right, and you'll need to go slow as to not break the platic clips ...
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Could one smaller tire on back be the cause for the rear wheel bearing to go out on a subaru outback?

One tire with a months usage more than the other three will not be a cause of any issues. If you have a tire that is substantially different in circumference to the others, that's bad (which is why ...
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Put in 5w-20 instead of 0w-20...should I change it?

There are two reasons why you should change it at your earliest convenience, neither having anything to do with weather. First, the weight matters for the purposes of variable valve timing setups. The ...
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Unknown object from back of driving handle

Seeing it in place answers the question. It's a Stopper. https://parts.subaru.com/p/Subaru__/STOPPER-PEDAL-B/49247380/36036AA031.html All it does it stop the accelerator pedal from going too far to ...
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Car will not start after short sitting period

Sounds like a position switch is failing due to oxidation on the contacts. Typically there is a park or neutral position switch at the shifter and possibly one at the transmission. In a manual ...
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96 Impreza ECU Pinout

The wiring diagram looks correct when comparing against another wiring diagram. I only did a cursory look over comparing random pin colors. Pin 32 should be Light Green/Black. This may be easier to ...
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Rear Bumper, Reinforcement?

There's 2 things you need to know: the damaged item in your picture is a bumper cover, it's plastic, it's only job is to make the back of your car look pretty. If you take it off, you can bend it and ...
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How to repair a cracked plastic bumper

There are companies that specialize in doing this sort of repair. Many are mobile and can repair it in your driveway. A Google search of "plastic bumper repair" of the Bay area showed a listing for a ...
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Car Starting Itself

If it looks like a duck... Without physically seeing the car I'd be 99% certain that this is to do with the automatic starter. I've never see a car without auto-start technology do this (OEM or ...
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2002 WRX Impreza overheats despite cooling system overhaul

The cooling fan and water pump are usual suspects that you did not mention yet. A bad water pump will overheat an engine really quickly because there is insufficient coolant flow, a broken cooling fan ...
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Subaru 2002 Impreza 2.5 TS - Head Gasket

What's the best course of action? Figure out where the coolant is going. Here are some ideas: Drain your oil and change it, and the oil filter too. Look for signs of coolant in the old oil. If you ...
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Oil Change Steps? (check my list) 2014 Impreza

It looks like you got most of the steps there but not all in the right order. Allow car to cool sufficiently so that the oil is not hot. This will make the rest of the job easier. Drive car onto low ...
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What is the simplest way to replace a Subaru front power window motor?

Following the answer from Poison Fish, do these: Use a short No. 2 or 3 Philips bit on a small rachet. Most other Philips with spin and damage the screw. The chunky square kind like from an impact ...
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1995 Subaru impreza acceleration problem

This is typical of a fuel delivery issue. The only advice I could give you is test, exhaust back pressure, fuel pressure and intake vacuum. Make sure those numbers are correct. If they are all within ...
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Vehicle shaking after a new clutch job

Looking on Exedy's website, I don't see a specific listing for a "Stage 3" clutch from them, but typically, higher stage clutches will have some amount of chitter no matter the manufacturer. This ...
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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. There is no way to know if you have been taken advantage of, sadly it happen to women and men. Will these repairs REALLY cost ...
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How best to rewire new mirror?

This is more or less opinion, but to my way of thinking, you are going to be much better off by wiring in a new connector versus hard wiring. If you EVER have the same issue again, you'll thank ...
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Low-pitch hum in tight low speed turns

It's very possibly the power steering unit. When power steering units get low on fluid, the fluid gets old, or they start to wear out they can make whining or grinding noises. These noises can be low ...
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2006 Subaru Impreza sedan power window and central Locking stopped working

I suggest you check the fuses with a meter as fuses can crack and look good but not work - they don’t have to be blown... If you don’t have a meter ann AA battery with a small torch bulb is sufficient ...
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Subaru Impreza Turbo 2000 Stuttering acceleration and clunk

Worn engine/transmission mounts? Check the engine for unusual movement when someone else is revving it. The Impreza has two engine mounts - one on each head, and one the transmission. They do go bad ...
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Manual transmission kicks in and out of gear while driving

Try driving it as gently as you possibly can, like there's a vat of boiling soup on the dashboard. If that prevents or reduces the transmission from popping out of gear, you can suspect the engine ...
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Drop in mileage (50%) only after the car has already burned through a 1/4 tank

Another answer gave the following advice: I would increase the weight of the oil you use Don't do this. Manufacturers specify an oil viscosity for a reason! Running a "heavier" (i.e. thicker oil) ...
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High revving when I push in the clutch

It'd help if you described the situation a bit more extensively. What exactly happens and under which circumstances? If you don't let go off the accelerator at all during shifting, then it's obvious ...
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Car does nothing when key is turned

The belt which drives the AC compressor on the Subaru engine does nothing else; it goes around the crankshaft pulley, to the compressor, and then past an idler pulley which handles the tension. If ...
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2006 Subaru Impreza Power Door Button

The plastic hinge areas on the "button" have broken, and there is not fixing that easily. However, the good news is that such things are readily available on "eBay" (used) if you have such an outlet ...
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Subaru 2002 Impreza 2.5 TS - Head Gasket

I agree with the advice given by an earlier correspondent: Seek alternate forms of transport, to get yourself to the new car which awaits you. You risk stranding yourself, and having to deal with ...
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