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#16898 of 19283 Maintaining rubber seals around doors/windows?
Sep 01, 2006 (12:14 pm)
I just had the 90k service done on my reliable 2000 OB Ltd Wagon. I hope to keep this car for quite a while and was wondering about the following. Living in sunny California, the sun beats on the rubber seals around the doors/windows. Since the Soobie has frameless windows, it is imperative that these rubber seals remain supple and close well against the windows. Anybody here have any suggestions on what to do to keep the rubber 'young'? (I guess I have the same question for our 2002 Forester)
Any Bay Area Subaru owners have positive experiences with a non-dealer maintaining their Subaru? Although I was able to cash in a lot of Subaru bucks, the 90k service was pretty expensive. Esp. considering that they don't really replace/fix that much. It's a lot of 'check this/check that'.
#16899 of 19283 Re: Maintaining rubber seals around doors/windows? [martijnh]
Sep 01, 2006 (8:43 pm)
Well, I use something called "Shin-Etsu" grease to keep the seals and gaskets on my Honda S2000 in good shape. You can get it from Honda (they have it as an actual part number) and it's their recommended product for door/window seals, gaskets, etc. I also use it on my Subaru wagon. It keeps all the window gaskets looking great, and helps the windows slide/seal more smoothly. I think it's probably just a regular silicone grease. You rub it in (like lotion) with your fingers, and can wipe/blend it with a damp cloth as needed. I do this 1-2 times a year.
I ordered it from one of the online Honda parts dealers, and it was less than $10 for a large tube.
#16900 of 19283 Slick 50 for a Forrester
Sep 18, 2006 (12:02 pm)
Have a 2001 Forrester with 116K miles on it and would like to put Slick 50 in it the next time I change the oil. Any pro or con's on using this in a Alumin engine? I have used this stuff B4 in my domestic car; but never in a foreign car. Any suggestions for a high mileage car?
#16901 of 19283 Re: Slick 50 for a Forrester [starrman]
Sep 18, 2006 (1:04 pm)
Never ever use Slick 50 or any other oil additive in any car.
IT guy at a big oil company
#16902 of 19283 Re: Slick 50 for a Forrester [starrman]
Sep 18, 2006 (1:17 pm)
I forget which agency (FCC?) it was but they were forced to withdraw a lot of exaggerated claims they made about what their products can do.
Plus, at 116k miles, I don't think I'd change anything. It's too late to go synthetic, all the seals are used to dino oil.
Just keep up with the regular schedule.
#16903 of 19283 Re: Slick 50 for a Forrester [ateixeira]
by steve_ HOST
Sep 18, 2006 (2:44 pm)
It was the FTC - I just happened on this link yesterday and it has a collection of FTC/Class Action/Slick50 documents.
#16904 of 19283 Re: Slick 50 for a Forrester [steve_]
Sep 19, 2006 (10:47 am)
I thank that settles it - no Slick 50 for my cars. I was unaware of all FTC actions against oil additive companies. I got suckered by all the info ads.
Thanks to all.
#16905 of 19283 Rubber Seals Lubricant
Oct 09, 2006 (3:09 pm)
I use Pyroil Multi-Purpose Silicone Lubricant spray on the seals around the doors and back hatch of my '96 OBW. It seems to help prevent the doors from sticking and I hope at the same time add to the life of the seals. On the back of the can it says that it waterproofs,reduces wear, as well as lubricates. I first started using it because the back hatch was beginning to stick. If anyone has anything either pro or con to say about this or similar products I would appreciate the feedback. I am always looking to upgrade the products I use to maintain my vehicle.
#16906 of 19283 Carburetor help needed
Oct 28, 2006 (12:04 pm)
I'm not sure if this is the right board for this, but it is Subaru-related: my son has a 1991 Subaru Justy with the DFC-328 carburetor (yes, carburetor). It was bought used, with a bad stumble under part throttle, though seems to be sound mechanically - runs like a little 3-cylinder banshee under full throttle. Idles fine, too.
After doing plugs, distributor cap and rotor, plug wires, O2 sensors, checking vacuum hoses, etc., to no avail, we decided to overhaul the carb. When we opened it, it had obviously been worked on before - buggered screw heads, etc. When we turned it over on the workbench, a tiny ball fell out (from where? dunno) and a small weight shaped sort of like the float needle valve (which is in the kit, and which we replaced). I can put the weight back in - it only fits in one place, and it is actually shown in the kit diagram, labelled an injector weight (new term on me!). But I have no idea where the ball fell from. The carb kit shows no check ball at all though it contains a spare. I guessed the ball was a check valve for the accelerator pump on the primary, and dropped it in there, but something is wrong - when we re-installed the carb, the engine started, then flooded with lots of smoke from the tailpipe and gas fumes under the hood.
Does anyone have a Subaru service manual on this car or carburetor? OR know where I might find a detailed diagram of the carb (the Chilton manual is no help at all)? Subaru's website tech help doesn't list a downloadable service manual for this car.
Any help or suggestions will be most gratefully received.
#16907 of 19283 Re: Carburetor help needed [stantont]
Oct 30, 2006 (11:43 am)
Wow, that's odd.
I would check for an on-line parts manual from one of the Subaru parts wholesalers.
I know that they list newer models, but I'm not sure about a '91.
Do you have a Chilton's manual? Wonder if they ever even made one.