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Subaru Outback, Car Safety, Wagon, SUV
#2037 of 2086 Re: Electrical problems Outback 2001 [dchisholm]
May 16, 2006 (2:10 am)
There was an alternator recall for an odd problem - it would charge at low speeds but not highway speeds. So extended highway driving would drain the battery.
Perhaps some of the dealers are conditioned to look at this problem, and not beyond it. On dedicated forums there are not routine postings of electrical problems like you describe, which sounds on the face of it like a loose connection.
#2038 of 2086 newbie post
May 27, 2006 (7:06 pm)
I have a 2001 VDC for the long weekend before signing all the papers to make it mine on Tuesday. Any specific things to look for or be aware of? 84K miles. Thanks.
#2039 of 2086 Re: newbie post [squint]
May 30, 2006 (7:31 am)
One good thing about a used Subie is that any problems tend to be obvious. Turn off the radio on your test drive and open the windows, the H6 is a quiet powertrain and you don't want any loud noises from the drivetrain.
Brakes were an issue for some, so see if the pedal pulses under hard braking, if so just budget to have the rotors turned (or replaced).
#2040 of 2086 Re: newbie post [squint]
Jun 04, 2006 (2:47 pm)
Take it to a parking lot and do some figure 8's. There shouldn't be any unusual noises from the drivetrain.
Unlike the turbos the H6's tend to have been babied.
#2041 of 2086 VDC and ABS lights simultaneously
Jun 05, 2006 (6:37 pm)
Hi again. 2001 H6 VDC. This intermittent problem of having both ABS and VDC lights come on simultaneously is more and more frequent. I went to a dealer tonight and the error code on the machine read as follow: "72: ABNORMAL YAW RATE SENSOR OUTPUT (LATEST) (1800)." The dealer didn't have a clue. They don't repair VDC systems often. They had to refer to the Subaru Canada Head Office in Toronto. No news yet. Is there anybody on this planet who has nay idea of what is wrong with the system? Is there only a small short circuit in the wiring? If so, whre o I start to look? Is the problem coming from the ABS or the VDC system? Anyone got a clue? In the beginning, when those two lights went on, I used to shut down the engine and on re-start they didn't light for about a week. But now, they go on every day... Tricky question, no?
#2042 of 2086 Re: VDC and ABS lights simultaneously [swbo101]
Jun 06, 2006 (6:23 am)
I would check the tires first, are they all evenly worn and have the same pressure? The diameter should be close, all within 1/4" of each other.
Call 800-SUBARU3 to open up a case file. They will help track the case. They usually bring in a regional manager for tougher issues like yours. The case just helps you track it better, and makes sure you're getting all the help you need.
#2043 of 2086 Re: VDC and ABS lights simultaneously [ateixeira]
Jun 06, 2006 (5:50 pm)
Hi. Thanks for taking the time to read my case. The tires are all of the same brand and are worn evenly. After the guy took a reading from the ODB (or what's it's called!), the lights stayed off until this afternoon when they suddenly lighted up on the highway. I had driven then about 100km (60 miles). Later this afternoon, after leaving the gas station, I sensed something in the left front wheel (the same noise as when the VDC system goes on at start-up) and the two lights immediately went on. After getting home, I took all the ABS and VDC related fuses off and put them back in. The lights are off since then (two starts and about 20km). As for the 800-SUBARU3 number, is it valid only in the States?
#2044 of 2086 Re: VDC and ABS lights simultaneously [swbo101]
Jun 07, 2006 (7:37 am)
Oh, yeah, sorry. I'm sure Subaru of Canada has a similar number? Anyone?
OBDII - on-board diagnostics, level II. I own a scanner myself. It's handy. A chipmunk ate some of my wires and it threw a code, so I had to read it. I've used it once for my wife (loose gas cap) and twice for different friends that complained they had 'em.
#2045 of 2086 Re: VDC and ABS lights simultaneously [swbo101]
Jun 07, 2006 (8:11 pm)
Let SOC handle it. I had a bad ABS sensor in the RF of my '97 and got an intermittant ABS light. So there are other components in the system to check.
#2046 of 2086 VDC MIA for 2007
Jun 08, 2006 (5:53 am)
Looks like this model will be dropped for 2007, and they'll incorporate VDC in to other existing models (9 of them in the Legacy/Outback range).