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How exactly does Sport Mode work in an automatic Subaru Outback?

Sport mode will "increase pickup" by providing a more instantaneous response to throttle inputs. As akadian mentioned, the car will stay in lower gears as you accelerate, allowing the engine to stay ...
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2007 Subaru Outback 'Leak' ... what is it?

The oil seen is from the block to cylinder head gasket seam. This is a nearly universal problem on Subaru 4 cylinder engines from the late 1990s well into the 2000's. The average mileage that this is ...
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Torquing Strut Nut with Tire on Ground

You should leave them just about snug, if not just a little loose. If you tighten them before you put it on the ground, when you do get the car on the ground, there will be tension on the parts, which ...
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How exactly does Sport Mode work in an automatic Subaru Outback?

Typically, a spirited driving style involves staying in gears until the higher RPMs to make most out of each gear. This generally provide mode torque and more enjoyment. With this in mind, it's easy ...
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Filling gouge on oil sealing surface in aluminum engine block

Many times in the past I've used an RTV called Right Stuff. It is very thick and tacky. Degrease everything then apply the RTV to the block surface and a little to the seal all the way around. Pound ...
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Timing belt specification

I don't like those "preprinted" marks anyway. You are much better off following the sprocket alignment pictures below. After the belt is installed and the tensioner properly set, crank the engine ...
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Overheating '98 Subaru Legacy Outback EJ 25

Lack of system flow or a radiator that cannot transfer heat are the only real options remaining. But since the water pump and thermostat are new and there are no air bubbles in the system the system ...
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Filling gouge on oil sealing surface in aluminum engine block

The gouge probably came from somebody removing the seal with a screwdriver or pick. Not a big deal and very common. The fact that the seal was leaking does not mean that the gouge is causing it. Those ...
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Just changed motor 2.5 subaru outback starts and runs good. No power after warms up. No codes

Pay particular attention to the temperature sensors, the IAT (intake air, likely part of the mass-airflow unit and the ECT (engine coolant temp). A decent code reader will allow you to monitor these ...
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1996 Subaru Not Starting

That green terminal thing looks like a battery terminal designed to provide an easy disconnect : when parking at an airport for a 2 week holiday for example. It needs either removing, cleaning ...
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2011 Subaru Outback grinding noise when starting car

Going by the sound that you have posted I would think it is the starter gear being slow to retract from the flywheel and the teeth getting hit by the teeth on the flywheel as the engine speeds up and ...
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What kind of transmission issue does this sound like?

Don't let a shop near it just yet! That spot on the ground is not enough trans fluid to stop a Subaru - but it may have been losing fluid over a period of time. I would check the level of ...
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Engine mount bolts not lining up

Until you have ALL the bolts for engine and transmission threaded don't tighten ANY of them.
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What would it take to get CarPlay in an older Outback model?

Yes, indeed. In fact not just a Subaru/Outback, if you have purchased a car without CarPlay inbuilt, it can be added to your car afterwards using an after market system which, at the time of writing ...
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HVAC clutch cycle

This can be a sign you are getting low on refrigerant. There may be a pressure sensor on the low pressure side of the system that is detecting that the pressure is dropping too low. This turns off ...
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'Re-Timing' my Engine after timing belt removal

The OP was fortunate to get away with it here. Note that this isn't guaranteed to work always, especially if the crank and cams are severely out of time on an interference engine. Me: A quarter-...
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2001 Subaru Outback - Shaking at Stop

Replaced Axles. Problem solved.
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Can a rear end collision cause damage to the brakes?

It's possible that the Eyesight system might be out of calibration after the accident. It's under warranty, so I'd take the car to the dealer for a checkup; they're going to know more than a body ...
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Changing tire size on my '13 Subaru Outback

The underlying equation that links vehicle speed with wheel revolutions is: Linear Speed = Radius x Angular Speed The speedometer is calibrated against angular speed (e.g. RPM, revs/unit time). So ...
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2003 Subaru Outback 2.5 l sedan automatic transmission sport mode

At least for the 2005 model the following might be useful: http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/109-gen-3-2005-2009/411177-new-me-2005-sport-light-cluster.html Once the shifter is in D, you can slide ...
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Squeak noise coming from clutch release mechanism when clutch disengaged

The problem is most likely due to old slave cylinder causing the throw out bearing to make noise. I had a similar problem which was solved through this.
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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

You may need someone with access to the Subaru Select equipment to get this resolved. The service manual states for the ATF light blinking 8 times in 2 seconds. Step 4 - CHECK TCM. Read the ...
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2011 Subaru Outback grinding noise when starting car

Thanks for the audio. By hearing the sound it doesn't seems that there is a problem with the engine. Neither there seems to be problem with the starter mechanism. At temperature below 25-C/77-F the ...
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Identifying a connector on engine block

P0500 on the H6 engine is, as you say, a Vehicle Speed Sensor. Check your ABS sensors on each of the front wheels. Here's the usual cause for a P0500 error; Check the ABS tone wheel on each front ...
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How to Safely Align Lower Strut Bolt on 2001 Outback

Resolution After finding a description of the process in the Subaru service manual I ended up using the vehicle's scissor jack to lower the rear arm to meet the lower bolthole on the strut. The guide ...
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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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Subaru Outback 2014 was towed with front wheels raised and rear wheels on ground for about 5 miles. Now AT Oil Temp light flashes

On your 2014 Outback, you have a CVT transmission. The flashing light means that the car is not happy with the transmission for some reason. If you're still under 100,000 miles, the transmission ...
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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

Crucial is for you to confirm if it has a manual or auto transmission - I know you mention the AT light but that may just be the label from the owner's manual. Most manual transmissions can be towed ...
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Engine mount bolts not lining up

The transmission is out of position - usually when the transmission mount is a little worn. The best solution? once the engine is mated to the transmission, put a block of wood on a solid part of the ...
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Engine mount bolts not lining up

There is a piece often referred to as a dog bone in the engine compartment. It's actually the pitch stop mount, bolted to the firewall and the engine (mount? I don't have the car in front of me right ...
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