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#7862 of 8657 2002 subaru legacy noise under hood
Sep 24, 2008 (5:03 pm)
I just did the t-belt h2o pump idler gears but for some reasom not the accy belts. Stupid me but hear is my question. The belt broke for the alternator about 10k later I had the car towed back and figured the alternator froze so I replaced the alt and accy belts (subaru parts) but now I have what seems to be a belt squeal above 3200 rpm I have removed the alt belt and test drove to the isolate the noise. Then I replaced the alt and belt agine (my friend a subaru warrented it for me) The noise is still there. ????? Anybody got any ideas ??
#7863 of 8657 Re: 2002 subaru legacy noise under hood [650spx]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 25, 2008 (7:42 am)
Squeal = slip, unless you are misinterpreting what a "squeal" is (sounds like you know what you're talking about though). Could there be a glaze on the new belt? Have you used any of the belt dressing junk? (Please don't).
So are you sure this is a typical belt squeal and not some kind of pulley chirp?
Sep 25, 2008 (11:02 am)
I just returned from getting the oil changed in my '01 Outback Ltd Wagon with 122,000 miles. I have done all the work religiously on this car... all the Subaru recommended maintenance. The standard thing have been replaced- water pump, timing belt, head gaskets, steering fluid pump....
During their routine check, they mentioned that the "drive belt" is looking a little old and cracked, but no need to replace just yet. Is this the same as the timing belt that I replaced about 20k miles ago???
#7865 of 8657 Re: Drive Belt [pathtomax]
Sep 26, 2008 (12:30 pm)
I don't think so - the timing belt is covered.
They probably are referring to the accessory belt.
If it's original, it wouldn't be a bad idea.
#7866 of 8657 Re: 2002 subaru legacy noise under hood [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 26, 2008 (5:46 pm)
A pulley chirp is what I am thinking about also.I did do a amp test on it just to make sure I was not hearing a electrical whine the test was normal. I also did notice a slight amount of play in the power steering pump (in and out). I did remove the belt and drive the car with out it so it is deffinatly in that aera. I am also thinking a bad crank pulley possiable if the rubber damper is starting to go. It is had to duplicate a noise that happens only under load above 3200 rph in the garage.
#7867 of 8657 Re: 2002 subaru legacy noise under hood [650spx]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 26, 2008 (8:02 pm)
If you can access it, squirt a little WD40 on the power steering pump pulley SHAFT and try it, see if it goes away. Or maybe it's an idler pulley?
Belt noises are always PROLONGED and vary in pitch. Pulley noises are more constant.
#7868 of 8657 Sell or Repair leaking head gasket, then sell
Sep 28, 2008 (4:02 pm)
With a daughter away at college we find ourselves with 3 cars but only 2 drivers. So we've decided to sell our 2000 legacy gt with 85k mile. 5 sp. manual. We've been very diligent about maintenance - taking it to an independent certified Subaru mechanic for the last 8 yrs. Replacing anything that failed or was covered under warranty. So it's in pretty good shape, save for a few minor external cosmetic dings.
Thought it wise to do one last oil change and get a condition overview before advertising car and was chagrined to learn that the head gaskets are starting to leak. Our mechanic steered us to subaruheadgasket.com Apparently this is quite a common situation - though 3500 miles ago, gaskets were seemingly oil leak free. Sigh.
Looking back on this car's repair history, I'd have to say from the time it hit around 35k it's been one of the most expensive to maintain that I've ever owned. Our other autos are Mazda and Infiniti.
My conundrum: shell out about 2k to replace head gaskets (and timing belt) which would be prudent in another 15k miles - and attempt to get a a firm $6500, or price the car around 4500 with the caveat about the head gasket leaks.
Thanks for any input.
#7869 of 8657 Electrical issue - brakes and headlights connected
Sep 30, 2008 (8:24 am)
I just bought a used 2002 Outback and have noticed some wierd electrical problems - electrically it seems like the brake lights and the headlights are connected - when you switch one on (turn on headlights or tap the brake pedal) it activates elements of the other. Heres a rundown:
1. The ABS light goes on and stays on while driving
2. When the headlights are off, tapping the brakes will turn them on and also switches all of the interior lights to "headlight mode" (clock and radio backlights dim, all buttons will become illuminated).
2.a This also happens if you tap the brakes when the car is off and the key is out - the radio and interior lights will iluminate, and even the headlights will turn on, although quite dim.
3. Turning on the headlights with the car off will activate the shift interlock system (that click you hear near the shifter when you depress the brake so that you can take it out of park).
Any ideas on where to start looking?
#7870 of 8657 Re: Electrical issue - brakes and headlights connected [chazr]
Sep 30, 2008 (4:32 pm)
Oops, I lied about the shift interlock activating when the car is off. It will activate (allow you to move out of park) if you turn on the headlights or parking lights when the car is ON.
#7871 of 8657 Repair/Replacement for cargo flap?
Oct 07, 2008 (8:35 am)
I own a 2005 Outback 2.5i wagon. Recently my cargo flap (the part that blocks between the extended cover and the hatch) fell off. One of its brackets snapped in half, so it's not as easy as hooking the flap back in place.
Are there shops or sites that sell just a replacement bracket, or if need be, a whole new flap? I don't think the existing bracket is repairable, and there are times I'd like to be able to shield the whole cargo area from view.