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#1515 of 8657 Sloshing/leaking
May 30, 2003 (6:01 pm)
Look on the bottom side of your rocker panel and see if you have any plastic or rubber plugs. If so, pull them/it and stand back for some water to rush out. There are usually little slits that are always open on the inboard surface of the rockers that allow normal drainage to occur. Living in an area with a lot of pine needles or other things that can drop on the car can plug these up. Then, the rockers fill and if the water level gets high enough it can back up through other internal vents or crevices to wet your carpets. Or the stop/start flow back and forth of driving can force water into the interior. Once drained, take a very bright light and a thin nail or similar to unplug those little slit drains mentioned in a previous post. Aftermarket rustproofing or a lot of muddy road driving can also plug them.
#1516 of 8657 Spark Plug Change
May 31, 2003 (7:33 am)
I am driving a 99 Outback 5speed.
I want to change the plugs.
They are not easy to get to.
Has anyone out there changed plugs on the boxer
engine? If so, is there a trick to getting them
out or do I have to remove a bunch of stuff,
battery etc to get them out?
I love the boxer engine, but those plugs are
The manual says 5yr 60,000 mile replacement.
My car has 4yr 37,000 miles so I can wait awhile.
May 31, 2003 (9:48 am)
I don't have any tricky socket extensions or the like and was able to pull all 4 of mine and replace in about 15 minutes. For the left side, I had to remove a reservoir (washer fluid?), but when you actually start removing the plugs you'll see there is enough room to swing the ratchet. Three tips: Use duct tape to cover the reservoir tubes (will spill some), get a can of copper based anti-sieze and put some on the new threads, and place each old plug on the bench so you can tell where each came from. This last is so that if you pull one and it's different from the others (clean, rusty, etc) you know positively which cylinder it came out of and can take corrective action. Obviously you won't know if they're all identical until they're all out and if you mixed them up, you're hosed. Since you have the engine that eats head gaskets, this would be very important to do.
May 31, 2003 (10:38 am)
"Since you have the engine that eats head gaskets, this would be very important to do."
I've got a 1997 Outback with the same "engine that eats head gaskets." What should I look for on the plugs and what corrective action could be taken?
May 31, 2003 (11:11 pm)
An engine with a head gasket leaking coolant into one or more cylinders is easy to identify from the spark plugs. The coolant/water will clean the plug. And I mean clean - not a subtle "Hmm, this one looks slightly cleaner, but is that what Doug was talking about...?" The plug will be practically sterilized and there will be no question in your mind if you have this when comparing it to the other plugs.
If the car is not run regularly, you might also find some actual rust on the sparkplug portion that's inside the cylinder (rust on the portion outside of the cylinder would not be an issue).
One other tip I forgot above would be to pick up a small tube of dielectric (does not transmit electricity) grease and put some in the rubber spark plug boots. You'll thank yourself for this and the anti-sieze paste when the next sparkplug change goes so smoothly you'll feel like using the extra time to change the tranny fluid...
#1521 of 8657 Spark Plugs #2
Jun 01, 2003 (10:54 am)
BTW, do I need a special tool to get the plug
wires off? After removing the WW tank, I can get
hold of the wire cap, but hard as I pull, they
won't come off. Am I just too weak?
Since they don't really need replaced yet, I don't want to break anything, rather wait another
year if I am going to break something.
Click and clack says, even with platinum plugs, they recommend pulling them out every 30,000 miles so they dont get 'frozen' inplace so you can't ever get them out.
I never let a car go more than 30,000 on a set of plugs, even platinum, seems like too long, but in this case, I think I will wait another year.
Jun 01, 2003 (11:36 am)
Does anybody know the torque value for the lug nuts on a 02 LL Bean. Cant fine info in owners book. Thanks.
Jun 01, 2003 (11:41 am)
I was on wrong page getting advice for problems with newly acquired 99 obw 57,xxx mi. But now that I'm here What engine eats head gaskets. Also I bought my ob in salt lake 5,xxx in elevation but live in tulsa ok. 500' in elevation is there any tuning I can do or does the computer do it all. as always any help is appreciated Thanks T
Jun 01, 2003 (12:45 pm)
lug nut torque should be about 70 ft/lbs or so.