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#17230 of 19336 2001 Outback stalling question
Jun 19, 2007 (10:09 pm)
Hi everyone, I'm writing this post to help my mother who is having problems with her 2001 Outback which she bought new back in 2000. She only has 30,000 miles on it and it's in perfect shape, and all the oil changes and any minor repairs have always been done at a Subaru dealership. Over the past few years, she's had an intermittent problem with her car stalling, usually at intersections when she's at a red light or stop sign. The "check engine" light and "A/T oil" light come on, then the engine will sputter, then race, then quit. She can start the engine again in a few minutes and drive away, but the warning lights stay on. She'll take it into Subaru, where they will replace some computer chip and they have to blow out a hose??? (I haven't seen the paperwork, I'm in Denver and she's in Mass.) This happens every 6 to 8 months, and it's costing her about $250 everytime she goes in there to get it fixed. I'm just worried about her driving the car, hoping she doesn't get into a wreck. The dealership told her the problem is because she isn't driving the car enough. Is this true? Anyone else have this problem? Thanks for any help, she loves the car and doesn't want to get rid of it, but she may have to
#17231 of 19336 Re: 2001 Outback stalling question [chris80233]
Jun 19, 2007 (11:22 pm)
I'm no technical expert, but I'd be taking that vehicle to a different dealership's service department for a second opinion. I'm not buying the advice that she's not driving it enough. 4500 miles a year isn't much, but there are plenty of vehicles out there that get limited use like that. I've put less than that on my '95 Honda del Sol the last three years or so (summer driving only) and have had no problems of that nature.
Maybe someone else w/more technical knowledge (Paisan? or?) can pipe in on possible causes. Faulty sensor?
#17232 of 19336 Re: 2001 Outback stalling question [jeffmc]
Jun 20, 2007 (4:15 am)
Sounds like a TCU problem. It is possible that there is a buildup of varnish in the torque converter but it seems odd.
I would more think it's a problem with the cat being clogged up due to non-use.
Definitely would get a 2nd opinion on it though and without seeing the problem live, it's hard to diagnose.
#17233 of 19336 Re: A/C Problem on Forester [georgiaman]
Jun 20, 2007 (12:06 pm)
I think those would work perfectly. Measure the diameter first, though.
#17234 of 19336 Key Release Relay
Jun 22, 2007 (1:53 pm)
I'm still having electrical problems with my 93 Legacy. When the battery is hooked up, the key will not return to lock or come out. When there is no power, the ignition works fine. I've swapped ignition switches- same thing happened. I've replaced the main fuse box and internal fuse box- no luck. Does anyone know where the relay is that ties to the ignition switch? Also, if anyone has any good ignition wiring diagrams please email them to me. Thanks in advance for your help.
#17235 of 19336 Re: Key Release Relay [fyredan]
Jun 22, 2007 (3:43 pm)
Could be the transmission interlock. Is yours an auto? Is it all the way in Park?
Jun 25, 2007 (11:42 am)
We're only getting about 15 mpg city on our 2003 Legacy Special Edition Wagon. I regularly check the tire pressure to see that they properly inflated, and we don't have extra weight in it. Is there anything we can do to improve the fuel efficiency?
#17237 of 19336 Re: gas mileage [ddunbar]
Jun 25, 2007 (7:32 pm)
Ouch. That's a little worse than my 6-cyl Outback in the city. If you have a somewhat aggressive driving style, though, I could see getting 15 mpg. Quick starts from lights?
#17238 of 19336 Re: gas mileage [ddunbar]
Jun 26, 2007 (5:45 am)
Well, when we sit idling we're getting 0 mpg, so enough of that will bring anyone's average down.
Drive as smoothly as you can, in fact try to coast to a stop without having to use the brakes. Any more speed and you're wasting energy and momentum.
Think of how hard it is to push your car to get it moving yourself, how much energy you expend just pushing it a few feet forward. The engine uses the same amount of energy to get you going. Leave more distance between the car in front of you do you can slow down and not have to stop at all.
Be safe, of course, but try that.
#17239 of 19336 Re: gas mileage [ddunbar]
Jun 26, 2007 (9:29 am)
My 1987 GL (2WD) got 30 mpg at highway speeds, and around 26-27 around town.
If you're getting only fifteen, and not riding the brake, then something is wrong.
Have the wheels, brakes and transmission checked. Something has to be dragging.