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#5517 of 8644 Hesitation in acceleration
Nov 24, 2005 (5:11 pm)
Hi, I own a 1991 Subaru Legacy GT wagon (157,000km's), and I could do with some help.
I've only recently bought the car second-hand, so i'm not sure how long its been happening. When i'm cruising at about 100km's and then i floor the acceleration pedal in 5th, the turbo starts to kick in, and then at somewhere between 105-110km/h there is a hesitation in the engine or something, as in the car just stops pulling for a second, then continues. I also had it happen to me a few days ago, when i was accelerating from being stopped, into a 100km zone. While flooring it from first and changing gears at about 4.5k revs, I think it was in 3rd gear at around 3.5-4k revs it did it also, causing much more of a jerk, as there was more torque.
Does anyone know what may be wrong?
Also, I'm not sure if this would have anything to do with it, but it has a boost controller under the hood, that doesn't look very professional.
#5518 of 8644 Re: Seat Belt Folding/Curling & Jamming [K9Leader]
Nov 25, 2005 (8:27 am)
Believe it or not, there is a TSB out about this. I saw this on the alldata site when I was searching for another subject. The fix was to sand some burrs off of the guide, and apply a smooth tape for the belt to slide over.
Unfortunately, I bet that pulling on the belt constantly has stretched it unevenly, promoting the 'rolling'. So the fix might not be enough without replacing the belt itself.
#5519 of 8644 Re: Seat Belt Folding/Curling & Jamming [K9Leader]
Nov 25, 2005 (4:52 pm)
Robert: You might want to check with Subaru, but I'm pretty sure that SOA warrants that your seat belt will function for the life of the car. I just checked the warranty book for my 02 Outback and that's what it says. This may be a Federal safety requirement. Martin
#5520 of 8644 Re: Hesitation in acceleration [ravimnz]
Nov 25, 2005 (5:50 pm)
Sounds like you have the 2.0l turbo model that was never sold here in the US.
Any how, yours must have been customized by the original owners. He may have cranked up the boost, but I wonder if the fuel system is keeping up, or if the quality of gas (octane) is good enough for the setting on the boost controller.
Are you using the best gas you can find? Is it an MBC (manual boost controller)? If so have you tried adjusting it?
#5521 of 8644 Re: Hesitation in acceleration [ateixeira]
Nov 25, 2005 (9:04 pm)
As far as I'm aware, it's 2.2l, but I don't actually have any evidence of it. I'm only using regular 91 octane, mainly because I figured it wasn't that important to be using 96. The boost controller is adjustable and I think it's adjusted quite high right now (about 14 p.s.i). I'll try turning it down a bit.
Thanks for the help.
#5522 of 8644 01 outback limited sunroof leaking
Nov 26, 2005 (2:15 pm)
Ok so I have a 2001 outback wagon limited that I love. I haven't had any real problems with it until recently. There seems to be a leak through the sunroof. every time it rains my map light drips and it soaks all the paneling from the map light to the passenger door. I took it to the dealer last month to have it fixed, they said they cleaned out the drains and re sealed the sunroof. but last week it rained again and low and behold my map light leaked water again. it's now been at the shop and the people can't seem to figure out why it is still leaking...does anyone have have any ideas on what could be causing this leak?
Nov 28, 2005 (7:27 am)
My 2001 Outback keeps misfiring after 2 trips to the garage--now getting ready for my 3rd trip. Have 22,000 miles on the car. First they changed the Oxygen Sensor--still misfiring--then they cleaned connectors and cleared codes. May need coil connector if the the problem resumes. Yep after driving about 15 miles shopping--it starts misfiring and chugging but no engine light on at least not yet. But now its Fri--day after Thanksgiving call back Monday. In the meantime I have no car.
My bigger question is this--being this is my first Subaru and not experienced with repairs on these cars but finding that anytime something goes wrong the service department takes forever to fix the problem. I had a problem when I first bought the car and that was a nightmare to behold and
Subaru customer service handled that problem--now for the first time since then I am facing a repair problem again and right back to not getting it fixed and going back and forth with the car. I don't get it. Why can't they diagnose the problem and fix it This will be my 3rd trip back to the garage with the same problem and does that mean I am paying for an oxygen sensor I did not need since I still have the problem? Seems like when it comes to repairing this car--no one knows how or what is wrong. I am tuning sour on Subaru and I wanted the Baja pretty bad and my husband just last month said go ahead you want it get it--but now I am afraid to go Subaru again due to the fact I am experincing the dealers service department being such a problem or do I just need to find a good mechanic?
#5524 of 8644 Re: Outback misfiring [rackerpacker]
Nov 28, 2005 (11:54 am)
To be fair, it's tough for them, too. They only see a symptom, and the codes don't necessarily pin-point the exact problem.
What I'd do is ask them to try the most likely fix, then test the car for a longer period of time. Let it idle for 15 minutes, see if the light comes back on. If so, fix the next most likely thing and try again.
Have the mechanic do more testing before returning the car to you, basically. Talk to the service advisor about that, but make sure they keep you informed at each step.
#5525 of 8644 Re: Outback misfiring [rackerpacker]
Nov 28, 2005 (11:54 am)
Without knowing where you live or who the dealership is, it's pretty hard to answer your question.
#5526 of 8644 Re: Another Check engine light: Code P0420 - Question [tompaine]
Nov 28, 2005 (12:25 pm)
I don't think I can be of much help -- I have the P0420 and a P0440 at the same time. The 440 is often a gas cap not tight enough or a crack in the fuel filler or gas tank. The 420 seems to say that I need a new cat. Both codes clear and stay away for a while, although the 440 seems to come back every other time I fill up. Anyone have any other ideas???