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Apr 21, 2003 (12:04 pm)
Hi, I have a 2002 Subaru Outback,manual transmission with about 11,000 miles on it.
Every since I got the car, about 14 months ago now, it often does a small backfire or pop, sometimes quite loud, usually as I let out the clutch after shifting, or if I've been coasting (in gear) then hit the gas.
I reported it to my dealer, and originally they said that it was just the engine breaking it, then after taking it in for my 7000 Mile service, and I still complained, they said this is normal for manual Subarus. After taking it in for my most recent service, they said that Subaru had a computer mod that was supposed to help the problem, but so far was only available on the forester/impreza.
Although I realise this problem is not critical, this is my first new car, and I'm finding very annoying. Especially now that the weathers getting nicer, and I like to drive with the window down.
I was just wondering if anyone else has had similar problems (seeing as my dealer says it is common), and if they where able to resolve them.
Apr 21, 2003 (12:08 pm)
As NYGREG stated, goes away after 1-2 minutes. A 2001 Legacy.
Could try the oil route.
Apr 21, 2003 (12:14 pm)
For that backfire, I'd try to reset the ECU. It may be running too lean or too rich.
Disconnect the negative battery terminal. Then step on the brake pedal until the brake light fades out, killing residual power. Reconnect the battery, start her up until idle.
She'll run a little rich until the ECU leans it out again, hopefully sans back fire. Worth a try.
#1129 of 19336 same as NYGreg
Apr 21, 2003 (12:52 pm)
on my '00 Outback. Goes away within a few minutes of driving. Mobil-1 here as well.
#1130 of 19336 Re : Backfire
Apr 21, 2003 (12:53 pm)
Thanks Juice, I'll give that a try tonight.
Disconnecting the battery won't cause the security system to "forget" my keyless entry remotes? I assume the information is stored in some sort of non-volatile memory.
Apr 21, 2003 (1:06 pm)
I don't have an alarm, but my keyless did still work. The flashers were blinking, but a quick lock/unlock pattern made it happy. YMMV.
Apr 21, 2003 (8:11 pm)
The alarm system stores your keyless remote codes in some form of non-volatile memory and won't be affected by a battery disconnect.
However, the alarm goes off by default when you reconnect that battery so have the keyfob ready in your hand. I stuff a towel in the alarm horn to retain my hearing.
#1133 of 19336 Parking Rod Recall
Apr 22, 2003 (12:08 pm)
After 6500 miles on my '03 XS, the reverse lights would not come on. I brought the car to a dealer, and the warranty covered a bad switch in the transmission. Supposedly, a gasket on the tranmission allowed water in, which corroded the switch. I was wondering if you think this had anything to do with the parking rod recall, which was performed 4-5 months ago?
Someone had made a comment about not going ahead with the parking rod recall because they didn't someone taking apart their brand new transmission.
Apr 22, 2003 (12:27 pm)
The recall was early on, so if anything does come up as a result of the service, it would be covered. That plus they cover any repair for 1 year or 12k miles.
I wouldn't worry about it, I'd do the recall. Think of it this way - you get fresh ATF free in the deal.
Apr 22, 2003 (9:00 pm)
As for complexity, there would be no reason for a difference in complexity to get to the wheel bearings. Things don't vary much from the hubs outward on IFS vs solid axle, though obviously each mfr has their own fastener strategy (some use the lug nuts to hold the rotor on, some use 6 additional nuts like the Cruiser does for example). But I posted that because LandCruiser parts are notoriously pricey since they're low volume and heavy duty (weatherized, extra seals, extra metal, etc) for the type of service the vehicle was designed for. So, seeing what I pay vs these prices was kind of a shocker to me. Particularly since I'm somewhat new to the Sube world and have been incredibly pleased with the low prices for things.