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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
#8008 of 8657 Re: Here is the new place to discuss... [subie822]
Mar 10, 2009 (5:18 am)
Hello, I own a 1998 Subaru Outback wagon. It just died on me at 85K miles. We tried a new themorstat, then a new water pump and then my mechanic found an internet blog. Seems that 1997-1999 Subarus had issues with the head gaskets. Not something that Subaru adknowledges but still an issue. They redesigned them from 2000 on. So if you have a newer than 2000 model you may be okay! As for me, I've sworn off of Subaru for life. Just bought a Mazada!
#8009 of 8657 Re: Here is the new place to discuss... [ru1998]
Mar 10, 2009 (7:26 am)
Look out for the CD4E transmissions if you got a 626. You'll need a new one every 60k miles.
Every manufacturer has its problem cars...
I don't think Subaru had the gasket problem behind them until more like 2002-2003 or so, but a compression test will tell you if the head gasket is sealing well for now. If you ever change them you'll get the revised gasket which should not fail a 2nd time, FWIW.
#8010 of 8657 Re: Here is the new place to discuss... [ateixeira]
Mar 11, 2009 (7:55 pm)
Thanks RU1998 and ATEIXEIRA,
Yeah im gonna have my mechanic do the test when i go see him...thanks guys for your help
#8011 of 8657 Re: 02 Legacy Wind Noise [gof4]
Mar 14, 2009 (3:54 am)
I had the same problem on my '02 Bean. I tried various gasket amendments (the tubing sounds good!). Anywy, the dealer had replaced an internal plastic piece of the gusset with a metal one under warranty in 2004. This worked for about 6 months then wind noise came back. I read elsewhere that if you have this metal piece inside the gusset yu can do the following:
Open door, lower window all the way, grab top of gusset and bend toward you (about 1/4 inch). I did this over a year ago, and I have had no wind noise since. I assume that this makes a tighter seal and can only be done if the innards are all metal.
#8012 of 8657 speed sensor
Mar 16, 2009 (5:42 pm)
I have a 98 outback I am replacing the back wheel bearing along with the speed sensor. Does any know where the electrical connection is for the speed sensor ?
#8013 of 8657 Re: speed sensor [1hunter]
Mar 16, 2009 (6:57 pm)
I have a 98 with 220K and the speedometer/odometer is working intermittently. Is it most likely the sensor, or is there another source?
#8014 of 8657 98 Outback w/ 2.5 new head gaskets now a noise
Mar 16, 2009 (7:49 pm)
I just bought a 98 outback with 74k on it. It just had the head gaskets done. It runs good but has a noise that might be piston slap? or valve train? It is a lot quieter when at operating temp. Also now it has thrown a code P0304 engine miss on #4 cyl.
A friend of the sellers (a subaru mechanic) say it is most likely a cam angle sensor? A knock sensor also came up in conversations.
The engine has a new coil,wires and plugs and injectors have been swapped side to side.
The car was overheated and not sure how long or how many times it was operated like this.
Are the 2.5 engine noise normally?
#8015 of 8657 Re: 98 Outback w/ 2.5 new head gaskets now a noise [mwilson5]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 17, 2009 (8:27 am)
You will often get some light valve tap on a 2.5 engine when it's cold but this should go away in 2-3 minutes of warm up driving, yes.
For a P0304, has anyone check for vacuum leaks or disconnected vacuum hoses?
Has anyone done a compression test on the faulty cylinder?
Are you saying the car was overheated AFTER new head gaskets were installed? If so, you had better take a compression test or coolant pressure test for a bad head gasket.
#8016 of 8657 Re: 98 Outback w/ 2.5 new head gaskets now a noise [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 18, 2009 (10:10 am)
The engine has not overheated after the head gaskets were done. It has had this noise from when they put it together and got frustrated and sold it. The valves have been readjusted.
I looked over the top of the engine and have not seen any hoses off but will look better and take a compression test on all the cyl. to get a good comparision.
Have you heard of a bad cam angle sensor giving a p0304 code ????
I will get back with info on comp. test and vacume leak???
#8017 of 8657 Re: 98 Outback w/ 2.5 new head gaskets now a noise [mwilson5]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 18, 2009 (12:31 pm)
The P0304 code doesn't specify that, no, and a cam sensor wouldn't affect just one cylinder anyway, and would have nothing to do with noise either. But I've seen some strange occurrences in my day so I won't say NO.