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#16746 of 19336 Tire Advice for 2000 Impreza 2.5RS
Nov 14, 2005 (10:41 am)
1) I have some unresolved problems with Subaru over a repair bill I got stuck with that should have been covered under warranty but the dealer here and the original dealer basically kept pointing the finger at the other dealer claiming it was the other dealer's fault and I got stuck in the middle and frustrated. However I will post about that at a later time on the appropriate board.
2) Tires : My car is around 47K miles and still has original tires (Bridgestone Potenza RE92 P205/55R16 89V
One of them blew out a big part on the sidewall.
a)disengaging the AWD - I read on the Subaru website that one must disengage the all wheel drive when using the temporary donut tire by putting a different fuse in the fuse box under the hood or something like that but there were not detailed instructions. Does anyone know how to do this in detail?
b) I went to SEARS and they told me that I had to get a V rated tire or higher for my model car. Is this true?
I am rather a slow poke and don't drive the car fast or race it.
Other tire dealers and the Subaru parts person locally seem to think that an H rated tire is fine for my driving needs.
C) I am more concerned with handling than speed. I live in a high rain and high snow, sleet and ice area (North East). I cannot afford to get separate winter tires.
Thus I want tires that have the best handling in all these weather conditions, especially the snow and ice but I don't want to compromise on the cars ability to maneuver.
Any advice on the this?
Consumer Reports gives top rating to Goodyear Assurance Triple Tread , Michelin X Radial, Hankook Mileage Plus II h725 and Yokohama Avid TRZ, Michelin Hydro Edge, and more.
THe Michelins seem great but most of them are over $100 per tire and I'd like to aim for $90/tire out the door (including balancing, stems, installation).
One dealer recommended Bridgestone FUsion HR.
First I need to find out if I have to get V rated or higher and why before I bother shopping around the H rated.
The Subaru Website says "it is essential for every tire to have a size construction as well as a speed symbol and load index matching those on the tire placard.
I already listed what it said on the tire placard.
Nov 14, 2005 (10:45 am)
I would not downgrade the tire ratings. The manufacturer takes things like load, heat buildup, recommend pressures, all that stuff into account when they choose a tire.
You may not go over 130mph, but a V-rated tire will resist heat better than an H-rated one even at 75mph.
In fact, when I got to ride along on a few hot laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a Legacy GT, we hit about 125mph, and the tires were completely spent. Yes, V-rated ones!
#16748 of 19336 Coil pack & spark plug wire tests
Nov 17, 2005 (9:32 pm)
What's the procedure to test a coil pack? Spark plug wire? The MY00 GT gets a P0304 (misfire on cylinder 3) and runs rough (always: idle, slow speed, highway speeds). I replaced the plugs, same problem.
#16749 of 19336 Re: Coil pack & spark plug wire tests [miksmi]
Nov 18, 2005 (7:49 am)
So you have an OBDII scanner? Or did you borrow one?
Do you have a Chase Subaru credit card? If so just use Subaru Bucks and let the dealer figure it out.
#16750 of 19336 Re: Coil pack & spark plug wire tests [ateixeira]
Nov 18, 2005 (8:09 am)
I borrowed an OBDII scanner. What a handy tool! Correcting my earlier post, P0304 is misfire on cylinder 4 (not 3).
Coil pack lug (?) for cylinder 4 was corroded. I sanded off the corrosion, did my best on the plug wire, erased the error codes, and it's running ok. I'll replace the spark plug wires and see how it goes.
After 61,000 miles, I also need to replace the brake pads so I'll buy some OEM ones while at the dealer.
Nope, no Subaru credit card. When I reviewed it, Subaru Bucks expired after 5 years, which I dislike. I only buy cars every 10-15 years and don't buy enough parts so use the rewards before expiration.
Do you have your brake pad changing photos online?
Is this the place for maintenance questions or elsewhere?
Nov 18, 2005 (8:41 am)
You're in the right place.
I haven't done pads on the Forester, even though it's 8 years old and has 80k miles. They're quiet, too. If it ain't broke...
The pads are OK.
I did the pads on the Miata, not too hard. The rear discs on that was tough because of the way the parking brake is set, but I think Subies are different.
Subaru Bucks - you'd be surprised. We got hit, and used Subaru Bucks for the body shop, then kept the money the other person's insurance gave us. Ka-ching! $300.
We have another $300 accumulated.
Hopefully someone else can come up with a URL because I'll be right behind you, most likely.
#16752 of 19336 Re: Brakes [ateixeira]
Nov 18, 2005 (8:50 am)
Wow, and I thought we babied the brakes. Course, there was that FAT (Friday At the Track) at Summit Point, WV. I'm not a mechanic but maybe that affected the pad wear.
I've got a hair under 1/8" on the front and a hair over 1/8" on the rear.
You documented several procedures (cabin filter maybe?). Do you still have those pages?
#16753 of 19336 Re: Brakes
Nov 18, 2005 (10:18 am)
Hey Mike, good to hear from you! I was just wondering the other day what you'd been up to. Next time I'm in DC (which is fairly regularly), you, Juice, Bob, Loosh and whomever else is interested should plan a meeting one evening after work.
Nov 18, 2005 (10:19 am)
The dot bombs kept crashing. First, I had that site on homepage.com, they went out of business.
Then I had photos with another host, I forget the name. It was free at first. Then they started charging. I actually paid, I was sick and tired of uploading 600 pics, but still they went out of business. I think that was PhotoPoint.
Finally, I went to ImageStation, I figure Sony owns them so they'll stick around. But even they require registration and prevent hot-links to the pics. That limits the usefullness.
Lots of bad luck, and I don't have the energy to re-create the exact same photo library for a 4th time. Instead I send pics to anyone working on a particular item. Tow hitches are a popular item, for instance.
I haven't done brakes, though.
#16755 of 19336 Re: Brakes [p0926]
Nov 18, 2005 (10:36 am)
Hey Frank, thanks! Sounds good, drop me an email.
I feel safer knowing you regularly defend DC.