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#4650 of 8644 Re: Subaru Outback Wagon H6 2003 [c_hunter]
Apr 17, 2005 (6:00 pm)
How about a low pitched vibration that appears to come up through the floor boards? This only happens when the 2004 H6-3.0 is cold. As soon as it warms up and the idle speed drops, the vibration disappears and the car purrs along. The car must also be in gear, must have been driven a short distance, as in out of the driveway and stationary, such as waiting at the end of street to merge with traffic.
#4651 of 8644 2000 Legacy Wagon Oxygen Sensors
Apr 17, 2005 (7:59 pm)
I had to have the oxygen sensors replaced at 34.5K, and I was wondering if anyone out there has had the same experience. The car is out of the warranty period, but I know Subaru had a recall on the sensors or the re-program the O2 values a couple of years ago. Just seems a bit early to have to replace the sensors.
#4652 of 8644 94' Legacy Lsi - Transmssion Fluid Major Leak
Apr 17, 2005 (10:45 pm)
Last week I had a major repair on my car - new radiator, new water pump, timing belt and headgasket set replacement, tensioners and bearing, idlers, radiator hoses, hydraulic tensioners and sparkplugs - the engine was obviously taken apart and many hoses were replaced. It was done at a reputable subaru repair facility.
On Friday I got the car back. They said they road tested it. After 50 miles of driving, the car would not accelerate and after I pulled over, I noticed all of the transmission fluid drained in a puddle below then engine on the ground. I had to have the car towed back to where it was repaired.
It seems highly likely to me that this problem occurred because of the way the repair was done - maybe a loose hose or something.
Would anyone want to make an educated guess as to what happened during the repair that would cause the transmission fluid to rupture like that? How likely is it that the transmission itself was damaged and how should I approach the repair shop? They seemed reasonable in the past but I would like to go in armed w/knowledge.
#4653 of 8644 Re: 94' Legacy Lsi - Transmssion Fluid Major Leak [rbarg]
Apr 18, 2005 (12:19 am)
From your talk of transmission fluid (rather than gear lube), I assume you have an automatic transmission. In that case, the almost certain leak source is one of the lines to the transmission cooler, which is inside the radiator. The shop forgot to tighten one or both of these lines after replacing the radiator, and the transmission pumped all the fluid out. The transmission may or may not be damaged, depending on how much fluid was pumped out before the car stopped working. They hold quite a lot of fluid, with most of it staying in the torque converter. I don't have the specs on your car, but it probably holds 10-14 quarts.
The problem is the shop's fault, and when you tell them about it (be nice ), they will probably be very embarrassed. I would ask them to tighten the lines properly, refill the transmission with new fluid, and make note of how much it takes. Then compare that amount with what the transmission's full capacity is (in your owner's manual), and see how it drives. Automatic transmissions are pretty robust things, so you are probably all right, though it is a good thing this didn't happen in summer, when the transmission might overheat (scorching the fluid) before finally stopping.
You might ask for a receipt admitting the error, in case the transmission works for a while but stops in a few weeks (unlikely, but a possibility), though they may balk at that.
#4654 of 8644 A/C will not kick in
Apr 18, 2005 (7:50 am)
Hello Board! It has been sometime since I last posted but I have a problem with my 2001 llBean. Yesterday, while driving on the highway, I decided to shut the windows and turn on the AC as it was failrly warm yesterday in the philly region. Lo and behold, only hot air was coming out of the vents! I set the temperature at the lowest setting 65 degrees, nothing but hot air. When I got home, I decided to unplug the control line to the compressor and re-set to see if dirt or vibration had lossened a connection, nothing but hot air again! So I concluded without the tools that it's either a sensor in the cabin went, the relay at the compressor went, a leak in the tubing (but the there was no frost build up on the compressor), or the compressor itself. Now during the winter I did use the AC to defrost windows various times so the unit was used and effectively did the job. Has anyone experienced this as I am distrubed that this would happen with a 4 year old car. Thanks.
#4655 of 8644 Re: A/C will not kick in [20llbean]
Apr 18, 2005 (9:10 am)
There could be lots of causes, including a problem with the compressor relay, a vacuum leak, etc. Most likely on a 4-year-old car in the north where A/C isn't used much during the winter is slow leakage of refrigerant from the compressor shaft seals. If this happened, then when the system gets too low on freon, a low-pressure limiter switch does not permit the compressor to turn on. A reliable a/c shop can check this pretty quickly, and if necessary add refrigerant to bring the system back up to full.
If this turns out to be the problem, it would be a wise move to be sure the a/c runs several times a month all year around (even in winter) to distribute lubricant throughout the system and also to keep the compressor shaft seals flexible. Here in central Texas, we use the a/c for much of the year, and refrigerant leaks are rarer. My '95 Ford Aerostar finally needed one 12-ounce can of R-134 refrigerant last year (9years old), but other cars where I tried to "save gas" by not using the a/c except during really hot weather lost refrigerant within 3-4 years. False economy!
#4656 of 8644 Automatic transmission problem 2000 Subaru Outback
Apr 18, 2005 (9:20 am)
I have 2000 Outback with about 70,000 miles. Starting a few months ago the transmission would not always engage when starting from a red light or just after a turn (going very slowly). When i say not engage I mean that it acted as if I was in neutral. engine/Tach revved but nothing happened. After a while (several seconds to 1/2 a minute) it would engage. At faster speeds it seems to shift fine. At first the problem was very intermitant about once every couple of weeks now it seems to happen once or twice a day. I've checked the auto transmission fluid which looks full. Also when it started I had occasion to bring the car to the dealer for an oil change and they did not see anything wrong
In searching the web I've noted a couple of folks with similar problems but did not see any posts on the resolution of this issue?
#4657 of 8644 97 OB Wagon rear tail and door lights WONT shut off
Apr 18, 2005 (9:26 am)
Here I go again.. I parked my car and walked away and realized rear tail lights were still on even w/engine off and lights shut off.. brake lights work fine but I can only get the lights off by pulling the fuse out which is how I've been driving the car lately. WHAT CAN I DO??? Every time I drive at night I have to put the fuse back in other wise if I leave it the battery will drain. What about if I disconnect and reconnect the battery would that reset a fuse relay or something..will this electrical type problem spread throughout the car?
#4658 of 8644 Re: 97 OB Wagon rear tail and door lights WONT shut off [skiguy2]
Apr 18, 2005 (9:29 am)
Turn off the parking light switch on top of the steering column. I bet you or someone else accidentally turned it on at some point.
Hopefully the problem won't spread
#4659 of 8644 Re: Automatic transmission problem 2000 Subaru Outback [markk1]
Apr 18, 2005 (9:30 am)
Has the fluid been changed recently?? (at 60K)