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#7553 of 8644 loose tire lugs
Mar 12, 2008 (6:02 pm)
I had my 2001 subaru outback vdc in for service at my local subaru dealer yesterday. The tires were rotated and I began hearing a thumping noise this morning. I checked the tires and the lugs on the left front tire could be tightened by hand, so i tightened them with my tire iron and went to a tire place. They told me all my tires needed tightening which they did, but they told me to take the car back to the dealer and have the lugs checked out. I am a woman driver and need to know what to look for to make sure no damage was done Should I take pictures when the tires are off? I have always had this car serviced routinely at this dealer. Would you switch dealers over this? Thank you for any comments.
#7554 of 8644 Re: loose tire lugs [jozsi]
Mar 12, 2008 (6:22 pm)
Well it means a few things:
1) They don't have techs who are too swift
2) More importantly, they don't road test your car after touching it. This shows a lack of attention to detail.
You should have the studs and lugs checked at the dealer or somewhere, if you drove it with the loose nuts, you could have buggered up the threads on the studs.
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#7555 of 8644 loose tire lugs
Mar 12, 2008 (6:39 pm)
Thank you for your response. The dealer told me to bring it back, but should I get it in writing that there is no damage. This is my first subaru and I have had no problems in 7 years. Should I ask to see the studs and would I be able to tell if they are messed up by looking at them?
#7556 of 8644 Re: loose tire lugs [jozsi]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Mar 13, 2008 (9:31 am)
On the rusty stud at the top you can see how the grooves are not "sharp" and one or two are actually crooked. If your studs were damaged, these grooves would look even worse, like they were flattened by a hammer.
The lower stud shows you how the grooves should be clean and knife-sharp.
#7557 of 8644 OK--I got the new scanner...
Mar 15, 2008 (7:05 am)
...and the code is P0328 - knock sensor 1. There are no other codes. The CEL has been coming on for a while and then going off for a while. What would cause this CEL and code? The car is due for a 60k service.
2001 Legacy GT wagon 2.5
#7558 of 8644 98' Legacy Outback, disconnecting AWD
Mar 15, 2008 (7:41 am)
I am picking up a 1998 Legacy Outback from a private seller in CT. It has a blown engine which I have found a replacement for and need to tow it home for repairs. I have heard that I can tow it in the 2 wheel down position, if, and only if I disconnect the driveshaft. I have no experience with this...Can this be accomplished relatively painlessly? Would anyone be able to explain the process?
#7560 of 8644 Re: 98' Legacy Outback, disconnecting AWD [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 16, 2008 (5:46 pm)
You can't tow an MT w/o disconnecting the axle on any subie. Also you probably can't tow it legally w/o brakes anyway. My suggestion is to get a flatbed trailer to tow it with.
#7561 of 8644 Re: 98' Legacy Outback, disconnecting AWD [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 16, 2008 (5:49 pm)
If it's a manual transmission 1998 model, you can just tow it.
Only with all 4 on the ground. No subie (other than FWD) can be towed with only 2 wheels on the ground.
#7562 of 8644 Re: 98' Legacy Outback, disconnecting AWD [paisan]
Mar 17, 2008 (9:12 am)
Yep, flat tow with all 4 wheels on the ground if it has the MT5 with the viscous coupling.