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#11663 of 11746 1992 SUBARU LEGACY WAGON
May 05, 2008 (12:26 pm)
HI. I HAVE DONE THE BASIC PART CHANGES, GASKETS, ALT, STARTER, ETC. HOWEVER I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW SHOULD I BE AFRAID TO ATTEMPT CHANGING THE TIMING BELT. MY RESEARCH INDICATES THAT IT WOULD BE WELL WORTH IT. HOWEVER I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT A MECHANIC WOULD CHARGE, MUCH LESS BEING ABLE TO PAY IT. IT'S NOT THAT I'M AFRAID BECAUSE I LOVE THE CHALLENGE AND I DON'T USUALLY BACK DOWN. I JUST DON'T WANT TO BITE OFF MORE THAN I CAN CHEW AS THIS IS MY ONLY VEHICLE WHICH I LOVE. THANK YOU.
#11664 of 11746 1997 outback headlight issue
May 06, 2008 (7:10 am)
I have a problem. The headlights won't work on my outback, but the high-beams do. All fuses are good, haven't tried replacing the headlight relays yet, but I don't really know if that's the problem.
The switch is on for the lights, running lights go on, fog lights go on, and the high beams work, but the regular headlights won't come on. I don't get anything from jiggling the switch or moving wires around by the fuse box either...
Please help, I'm very confused, and I really don't want to drive at night without headlights (otherwise I'll be blinding everyone with the brights).
#11665 of 11746 Re: 1997 outback headlight issue [tedchorlyone]
May 06, 2008 (8:16 am)
Sounds like the bulbs are blown. The high beams are seperate, so it looks like just the low beams blew out. Try new bulbs.
#11666 of 11746 Re: 1997 outback headlight issue [ateixeira]
May 06, 2008 (8:32 am)
I'll try that out. I had always assumed low and high beams were on the same bulb, just different power levels or something... haha...
Seemed strange that they both went out at once, if that's the case... They're relatively new. About 3 -5 months old... But, I think it happened around the time that I was checking fuses to make sure nothing was blown out, so maybe I messed something up doing that causing them both to blow out or something...
Anyway, I'll try new bulbs and see if that does it. I really hope that's all it is.
#11667 of 11746 Re: 1997 outback headlight issue [tedchorlyone]
May 06, 2008 (8:55 am)
In some cases it is the same bulb, but with 2 filaments. Other Subarus have 2 seperate bulbs.
It's common for both sides to go at roughly the same time. I had a set that blew within a week of each other after 8 years or so.
#11668 of 11746 Re: 1997 outback headlight issue [tedchorlyone]
May 06, 2008 (10:44 am)
Usually, both lights do not go out at once.
Have you ever noticed how many cars are driving around with only one operational light? In general, one headlight gives enough light to drive by, and it is often difficult to tell (from the inside of the car) that a light has burned out. So you drive around unaware of the problem until the second one burns out. It is difficult to miss that event.
If both lights did burn out simultaneously, it is probably due to a larger electrical issue.
Are you aware that the Outback has a third pair of light (fog lights mounted down low)? I almost never use them, but they can be called into service to act as low-beams. They only work when you are using the low-beams
#11669 of 11746 Re: Helpful hints for new '92 Subaru Legacy Wagon owner? [paisan]
May 07, 2008 (8:19 am)
#11670 of 11746 Front end vibration, 99 outback lmt
May 24, 2008 (11:16 am)
Have a 1999 Outback limited
I have a Front end vibration when I hit the brakes.
Put4 new tires on the car yesterday, replaced all the rotors and brakes (front and rear) last week.
And still have the problem of very apparent vibration when I brake.
What else is there, wheel bearings?
#11671 of 11746 Re: Front end vibration, 99 outback lmt [jtcom]
May 27, 2008 (7:56 am)
Yes, that is exactly where I'd look next.
Jun 04, 2008 (2:10 am)
A friend of mine's parents are looking to get rid of their daughter's '98 Subaru Legacy Limited for a rather low price - the catch is is that it's because it's over-heating when driven. They took it to a garage and the mechanic said he's pretty sure it's due to a blown head gasket. I don't know a great deal about any kind of car, but apparently it was estimated as an approxiate $1000 repair. From what I've seen and found around online, I'd still be getting the car for an incredibly good value.
So my question is, does the mechanic sound correct? I'd hate to go through all that just to discover the problem is something else. I can't say I'd be able to afford that kind of mistake as much as car trouble shooting can be hit or miss at times.
Any information would be greatly appreciated!