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December 19, 2018, 01:36:30 AM

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Newbs & FAQs / New owner 2010 Forester
« Last post by amabykr on December 04, 2018, 01:08:42 PM »
In September I bought a 2010 Forester with 108K for my daughter to use to drive back and forth to HVCC from Schenectady.
It's her first car and I am not familiar with Suburus but it was a clean one owner car from Pittsfield MA.

Of course she has it a week or so and forgets to close the sunroof one night when the remnants of Hurricane Florence passed thru.
Thankfully it was only open about a foot (that's what she told me) but believe me that was enough to soak the interior.
The rear foot wells seemed to take most of it but the seats were soaked too.

Inside seems to be dried out now but I know it's not completely dry.
Is there anything in particular I should be concerned about as far as the wet interior?
Electronics under the seat or anything else?

We had the CEL, Cruise and Traction Control lights come on simultaneously a couple of times.
I read somewhere on line that tightening the gas cap might fix it and it did.

Its been driven 3-4K since September so I had the oil changed at Wedekind. (I bought my car there and they seem to be a competent repair shop)
They told me they would put whatever oil the manufacturer called for in the car.

The CEL light came on two days later.
I have an appointment at Capitaland Suburu to have it checked out to see what could be causing it.

From the comments I've seen on here Capitaland seems to be a good place to take the car.
They can have it for a couple of days if they need to because she has use of another car for this week.

The only other thing I'd like to do is upgrade the radio to something with blue tooth so she can sync her phone to use hands free.
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Naturally Aspired Engines / Re: Timing Cover Leak on 2.5L NA?
« Last post by Clutch on November 24, 2018, 08:28:43 AM »
What year subie ?  Usually the seals are pretty good, but my old outback had issue with the oil pump having bolts work loose and need a reseal as well.  Other than that it never had engine leaks. My current legacy can't say that.  My only concern would be oiling up the timing belt, but you might be ok if you can keep an eye on it.

It's a 2011.  I figure they were hunting for some work.  But it's odd they didn't mention my weeping head gaskets....

But I also just didn't know if it meant I should be making an appointment with Fred for some repairs or not....
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Naturally Aspired Engines / Re: Timing Cover Leak on 2.5L NA?
« Last post by wheelbuilder_25 on November 23, 2018, 09:30:33 PM »
What year subie ?  Usually the seals are pretty good, but my old outback had issue with the oil pump having bolts work loose and need a reseal as well.  Other than that it never had engine leaks. My current legacy can't say that.  My only concern would be oiling up the timing belt, but you might be ok if you can keep an eye on it.
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Naturally Aspired Engines / Timing Cover Leak on 2.5L NA?
« Last post by Clutch on November 17, 2018, 08:54:15 PM »
Hey Guys.  Early Happy Thanksgiving!

I took my car in for an alignment at the dealer today (had a 4 alignments for $190 coupon, couldnt pass it up) and of course they found a bunch of stuff that they say it needs.

One is a busted endlink, which seems about right since things have been clunking.  They also say I need a midpipe and muffler, but I figure those can get replaced once it starts getting loud.

The one that Im worried about was that they said I needed to reseal my timing cover.  When I said I could look into it when I did the belt, the service writer did a double take, since she was thinking I was one year newer and had the chain.  Anyway, when she went to "ask the tech", she said that they found a "fresh" oil leak, and it probably meant I have a crank or cam seal going.  When I got home, I took a shop rag and wiped down all around from the top, but couldnt pick up any oil at all, just general grime.

Are the seals known to go on the EJ25?  Im at 91k if it matters, and due for my T-belt, but probably wont be until this summer when I can get to it.  Or is the dealer trying to drum up some work?

Thanks in advance!
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Newbs & FAQs / Re: New here...daughter has a 2002 Outback
« Last post by SUBSEVEN on October 30, 2018, 08:03:58 AM »
Yeah. I think those are like $30 new.
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Suspension, Brakes, Wheels, and Tires / Re: Rear brake banshee squeal
« Last post by j13welder on October 27, 2018, 10:07:03 PM »
Well I finally got the squeal to stop!  I put the stop squeal paste on the back plate of the bands. I let that dry. Then I put the shims back on and coated them with the same paste and let that dry as well.  Then I got a bottle of graphite bearing high temp brake grease and coated every metal point on the calipers and the metal edges on the pads. I put the pads back into the calipers, then coated the pins in the brake grease and put them in with the cotter pins and then put grease on the pins where it rubbed of from being slid through the holes on the pads.  In my unprofessional opinion I used more grease than should be necessary but the squeal stopped and the car stops fine so Iím calling it a win!  :mrgreen:
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Newbs & FAQs / Re: New here...daughter has a 2002 Outback
« Last post by wheelbuilder_25 on October 24, 2018, 08:37:24 PM »
I had a 97 outback, the hatch handle bracket rusted up pretty well.  I ended up wire brushing in by it with a Dremel and greasing it well.  It was that or a junkyard bracket for me.
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Newbs & FAQs / Re: New here...daughter has a 2002 Outback
« Last post by SUBSEVEN on October 21, 2018, 11:38:51 AM »
I may have found the problem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuUFvHjeJcU
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Newbs & FAQs / New here...daughter has a 2002 Outback
« Last post by SUBSEVEN on October 21, 2018, 09:45:25 AM »
I know. I know. Another newbie looking for help! I do love subies and will have one of my own someday.

My daughter has a 2002 Outback Wagon with the rear hatch stuck. It's closed. The latch handle feels open. I asked her about it and she said that it was really stiff before and would stay in open position even with the hatch closed. Her and her boyfriend said that it's been a problem for a while. She's about to have a kid and wanted him to fix it. He's not to mechanical. Millineals!  :uglystupid2: They took it to one mechanic and he told them it needed a latch.

I did a little reading (here and here) and it seems that there is a plate that messes up too. This makes me wonder if it really does need a latch or what.

They really don't have much and can't really leave the car anywhere for long becase she carts him back and forth to work. I'll work on it.
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Vendor Reviews / Any Rochester Area Mechanics Recommendation?
« Last post by barry13324 on October 01, 2018, 07:36:15 AM »
I'm looking for a mechanic possibly in or around the Rochester area.

I need my rear and possibly front bushings replaced. Would like to go some where trustworthy and make it my main go to.
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