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#5712 of 8644 2005 Outback headlite problems
Jan 06, 2006 (8:07 am)
Actually 2 problems. Headlight burn out and cruise control.
We have replaced 5, yes 5 headlights in 1 year! Subaru says we are driving with our lights on too much rather than "daytime driving lights" only. The lights are so strong they produce too much heat and it is burning out the bulbs. We tried driving with only "daylight" lights but another one just burnt out. My wife leaves before sunrise and returns after dark so this presents a problem of driving without the lights on!!! Has anyone else had this problem? ALSO: It is an automatic and when on cruise control downhill it is real jerky. Again Subaru has been no help, denies this is a problem and "never heard of this problem before". We had a 2002 and had no problem with lights or cruise control.
#5713 of 8644 Re: 2005 Outback headlite problems [diverken]
Jan 06, 2006 (8:50 am)
Sounds like some sort of electrical short. There must be a surge burning those bulbs.
Call 800-SUBARU3. Offer to show receipts to prove you've changed the bulbs several times.
#5714 of 8644 Re: 2005 Outback headlite problems [diverken]
Jan 06, 2006 (10:25 am)
I've heard of other people complaining about bulbs burning out too soon. I'd definetly call Subaru as juice recommended and set up a case. I bet that it's a known problem and hopefully they can guide your dealer to a fix.
#5715 of 8644 Re: 2005 Outback splash guards
Jan 06, 2006 (2:11 pm)
OK, I posted the inquiry at My.Subaru.com, and this was the reply I received:
"I checked the spec book and there are different parts equipped on the different trim levels. Your vehicle is equipped with an Engine UnderCover Insulator:Side Type. I hope that this information helps ease any concerns you may have had regarding missing equipment."
And, assuming that "an Engine UnderCover Insulator" does translate to 'a splash guard,' I gather that means that the 2005 Outback 2.5i didn't come with a center underside splash guard. Does leave me wondering why other trim levels apparently would need it, though...
#5716 of 8644 Re: 2005 Outback splash guards [texsubaru]
Jan 07, 2006 (9:10 pm)
Interesting find. I never knew that the 2.5i models didn't have the center cover. The cover itself is just a sheet of plastic -- perhaps it's just a cost cutting measure? Or, maybe there's a difference in exhaust plumbing in the engines?
#5717 of 8644 Re: Change Single Tire on AWD [garandman]
Jan 07, 2006 (10:21 pm)
you will be well within the .25" diameter spec that Subaru calls for
Just catching up, and I know that this is now a week old, but thought I should comment.
The spec on tire size uniformity is, I believe, 0.25" circumference, not diameter. With this spec, a tread depth difference of 4/32 will exceed this by a considerable margin (over 3x...).
Now, the question is whether it will do damage or not. Do you really want to take this chance? As a '99 didn't use a limited slip rear diffy, the chance of further complications is reduced. I wouldn't even consider mixing in a full tread tire on a newer model. But still, as XWESX mentioned, he could feel the binding even on his late '90's vehicle. With center diffys running around $2k to repair, is it worth the risk? I would shave the new tire to match, and run this combo to minimize the total expense.
#5718 of 8644 Re: 2005 Outback headlite problems [diverken]
Jan 08, 2006 (9:49 pm)
I just remembered that today's headlight bulbs are very delicate. They should not be touched by bare fingers during installation. The oils from your fingers create "hotspots" causing the bulb to fail. If you do touch the bulb, it should be thoroughly cleaned with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to remove the oils.
Could this be causing the problem?
#5719 of 8644 Re: Change Single Tire on AWD [fibber2]
Jan 09, 2006 (11:39 am)
Yes,I should also mention that I was ignorant of the "matching tires" requirement of Subarus when I had this tire installed. Had I known about it, I would have definitely had the tire shaved to match. I guess in this case, what I did not know did not hurt me. *Whew*
#5720 of 8644 Re: 2005 Outback headlite problems [diverken]
Jan 10, 2006 (6:38 am)
I have had two headlamps burn out during last few months (have 2005 outback). Also, the problem you document with the cruise has been discussed before on this forum. I have learned to live with it but the symptons you describe are certainly correct.
#5721 of 8644 Re: 2000 Subaru Outback Legacy Wagon Electrical Problem [mgossage]
Jan 10, 2006 (6:29 pm)
I am having a similar problem with our 98 Outback. Every once in a while the battery will just die and a jump will start it right up. It started happening maybe once a month but lately has been a little more frequently. I have taken and had Advance Auto test the batter, alternator, and starter. They all come back ok. There is no rhyme or reason to when it happens, like if we have been driving for a while or just run to the store. When it decides to not start it does not start. The interior lights will be on though. When you turn the key there is no response or sound. Any help would be great.