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#8412 of 8657 window off its track?
Dec 24, 2010 (12:19 pm)
We have a 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback with 281K miles and 20 minutes ago, the driver's side window in the front doesn't want to go up. The switch works, but the window only goes up about 20% of the way and it gets stuck. Seems like it's going up at an angle, so is is possible that it "came off its track?" Any idea how much this will cost to fix at the mechanic on Monday OR is there a way to fix it ourselves (neither my husband nor I is very handy or car-knowledgable)? Seems like the motor is not the issue, since the window does go up part of the way and the other 4 windows are okay.
#8413 of 8657 Dealers are quick to dx a bad cat
Dec 24, 2010 (12:52 pm)
Very expensive repair. Of course, they are not quick to tell you about the emissions warranty that often covers to 100k.
#8414 of 8657 Re: window off its track? [maryp3177]
Dec 25, 2010 (12:58 pm)
Any repair will require removing the inside door panel. If you aren't really mechanically inclined, this probably isn't something you want to attempt. There are a few hidden screws and lots of plastic clips that are now old & brittle and will likely need to be replaced.
#8415 of 8657 Re: window off its track? [maryp3177]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 26, 2010 (6:20 pm)
Getting the door panel off is easy but then it rather depends on what broke in there, as to how much it will cost. If the window regulator busted a weld or some such, then you'd have to replace that and it can add up to a few hours labor. If just a clip or screw came loose and caused the window-channel to mis-align, maybe not so bad then.
#8416 of 8657 Steering angle sensor problem
Jan 13, 2011 (9:21 am)
Subaru Outback 2001. I had just replaced the drive shaft, rear differential bushings and the power steering rack. After I drove home from the dealership repair shop the problem occurred with my left turn. When I was making wide left turn the skidding yellow light came up and my car was stopping and going during the turn.
When I returned my car back to the dealership, they were not sure what was causing this problem and wanted to replace the Steering angle sensor at my expense, but they were not sure if it will cure the problem.
My question is: Could it be that the replacement of the draft shaft and the power steering rack caused the failure of the Steering angle sensor?
#8417 of 8657 Re: Steering angle sensor problem [jim439]
Jan 13, 2011 (2:58 pm)
Possibly, but it is more likely that they didn't put something back together correctly.
Either way, you paid them to do a job and if the systems they repaired are not working properly afterward, they need to "man up" and make it right. If it turns out that there is a sensor that is bad, it is reasonable for you to pay for the part, but otherwise it should be on their dime.
#8418 of 8657 Re: Steering angle sensor problem [jim439]
Jan 16, 2011 (10:00 am)
I'm going to assume that this is a H6 VDC? This sounds like a stability control like issue. Steering angle as defined by the rack sensor does not agree with the actual tire angle & vehicle path as defined by the yaw sensor - and the computer is selectively applying one or more corner brakes.
As Wes said, it sounds like something wasn't assembled quite right. The pinion gear on the rack might not have been centered when it was mounted? Just a guess on the cause, but the outcome cries false instability reading.
#8419 of 8657 Re: Steering angle sensor problem [fibber2]
Jan 16, 2011 (11:46 am)
If it is a VDC model, turning off VDC stability control should permit normal steering and braking. Have you tried this yet?
#8420 of 8657 Re: Steering angle sensor problem [fibber2]
Jan 17, 2011 (5:03 pm)
I looked in my '02 manual, and the steering angle sensor for VDC vehicles is located under the airbag/steering wheel assembly.
Is the steering wheel centered when the car is tracking straight? If the alignment is off or you have to turn the wheel crooked to make the car drive straight, that would probably be enough to cause this.
#8421 of 8657 2001 Outback catalytic converter and head gasket
Jan 25, 2011 (10:03 pm)
I have a 2001 Outback Wagon 5 Speed Manual Transmission with 114K miles. I live in Los Angeles.
My engine light came on and will not go out. My car is also losing oil, a quart every 5K or so.
I take my Outback for repairs for years to a reputable independent repair shop in LA.
I was told today that I need a new catalytic converter, and that I have oil leaking from both head gaskets. I know that 2001 Outbacks have had head gasket problems, but my car is over 10 years old and has over 100K miles. What shall I do? I can't sell the car because it can't pass CA Smog testing (required when you sell a car) without a new cataytic converter. The new heads will be expensive, due to the labor costs. I figure I am looking at over 3K repairs for a car worth maybe 4.5K.
Do I keep driving it until it dies, fix it, buy a new one. I am thinking about calling Subaru to complain. I think 2 head gaskets going bad with only 114K is a manufacturing defect. I love my car, love Subarus but I may now have to replace the converter and head gaskets, and the car only has 114K. I have had Hondas with many more miles and much less problems.
Any thoughts, suggestions?