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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
#11482 of 11746 Re: 2004 Outback Wagon with warped rotors [just_phil]
Jul 19, 2007 (3:10 pm)
Check the tightening of the lugs, that can cause them to warp. Other than that chances of actually warping roters in a non-track environment on a light car like a Subaru is next to impossible.
What happens is that you get pad deposits if you are driving hard and then hit a light and keep the hot brakes applied. What happens is that you get pad material transfer into the tiny creaveses of the rotors which then makes them appear to be "warped"
By doing several hard braking actions you use your pads to clean the embeded brake material out of those creaveses. This can also be accomplished via some sand paper.
I also would suggest never having your rotors machined down, just replace them with some quality non-slotted, non-drilled rotors. My preference is to use Mountain Rotors from Japan which are superior to Brembos, the brembo non-slotted, non-drilled rotors are made from very cheap Chinese steel and are actually worse than the Mountains.
#11483 of 11746 should I buy a Subaru
Jul 19, 2007 (4:57 pm)
O.K Subaru owners here is your chance. We are down to probably 3 cars. 08 Nissan Altima 08 Subaru legacy limited or a Honda (not my choice but the wifes.)
What's good what's not with a Subaru. Let me know.
By the way the 4 cylinder Corrolla stinks!
#11484 of 11746 Re: should I buy a Subaru [lieut]
Jul 19, 2007 (6:46 pm)
What do you want your car to be or not?
#11485 of 11746 Re: should I buy a Subaru [lieut]
Jul 20, 2007 (7:23 am)
Yeah, what are you criteria? Priorities, at least.
#11486 of 11746 Engine problems 96 outback
Jul 20, 2007 (2:04 pm)
I have a 96 2.2l legacy outback with 190k plus miles. Recently when im traveling at low rpms in 4th or 5th gear, especially uphill, the motor sounds like its missfiring, losses alot of power, reaks of sulfer, the check engine light blinks, and shudders. the first time it happened i was afraid it was going to die. but after a mile it cleared up. it's done this about once or twice a week since then (havnt been any openings at the garage). I've had the following replaced within the past two years front o2 sensor, knock sensor, both catalytic converters, water pump, s belt and new plugs/wires. any ideas? the check engine light is on always, but blinks during the car's hissyfits.
#11488 of 11746 Re: 2004 Outback Wagon with warped rotors [paisan]
Jul 20, 2007 (7:48 pm)
I appreciate all of the advice. I had the dealership machine the rotors for now (it was at their expense). There was a pulsating when I would apply the brakes, so there was something wrong. I am kind of in a tight situation being in less then a week I'm leaving for a trip to Canada. There will be well over 1,500 miles put on my Subaru in about a week. I do plan on buying new rotors in the very near future, I understand that machining them won't last (but needed to do it this time). What is the difference between drilled and slotted rotors vs. non drilled and slotted? And at what pressure do you recommend tightening the lugs
#11489 of 11746 Re: 2004 Outback Wagon with warped rotors [suzyb2]
Jul 20, 2007 (11:45 pm)
"At their expense..." They did it for free? Are you a regular customer of theirs?
Let us know if you have any other issues with the car in the coming months. I never like it when a dealer does something for "free".
#11490 of 11746 Re: 2004 Outback Wagon with warped rotors [jfl]
Jul 21, 2007 (1:03 pm)
I am a regular customer of theirs. It's the dealership where I bought my car. They did all the work for free. Hell, they even came to my house to get the car so I wouldn't have to sit there for hours with my two young kids. I made a huge stink before I left the shop after they first told me. I also asked for them to give me print outs of all my service work because I was taking my business elsewhere. They didn't want that, so they called Subaru and got it approved as a "warranty" repair. Like I said, I have all intentions of changing my rotors on my own, but after my trip. I know that these machined rotors won't last. I still would like to know the difference with slotted or drilled rotors vs. non slotted or drilled. Thanks.