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#17829 of 19336 2 Foresters, 2 problems.
Jun 23, 2008 (8:58 am)
Forester #1: 2004 X 5-speed ~80,000 miles
The car lurches or bucks at almost any speed. Sometimes itís minor and just feels like I abruptly took my foot off the gas pedal for a second. Other times, it feels like itís going to stall, but it never does. It used to do this right after I filled the tank with gas. If I stopped the car and restarted it, the problem went away. Then it stopped doing it altogether for a while. Now it does it all the time. The CEL is not on. I will be taking it into the dealer later this week, but I was hoping to get some possible ideas first. Any thoughts?
Forester #2 2005 X automatic ~57,000 miles
Dealer #1 says struts are leaking and the car needs new struts all the way around to the tune of $1,100. Dealer #2 says theyíre fine and the car would ride and handle badly if they were bad. It rides and handles fine. Shop #3 (Midas) says the struts are indeed leaking, but they canít find replacement struts anywhere in the city (Tucson). They also say struts never go bad on Subarus. What gives? Any thoughts?
For what itís worth, the car pulled a 1,000 pound trailer on a 13,000 mile trip to Alaska and saw hundreds of miles or dirt road on the trip.
By the way, I posted some time ago about a problem I was having with Forester #1. The temp gauge would drop all the way to cold while driving down steep mountain grades with the transmission in 3rd or 4th gears to take advantage of engine braking. As soon as I hit the bottom of the grade, the temp gauge would immediately return to normal. A couple of weeks later the CEL came on, and the dealer replaced the catalytic converter and the problem went away. I donít see how the two are related, but the problem is gone.
Thanks in advance for any and all ideas.
#17830 of 19336 Re: 2 Foresters, 2 problems. [tim3]
Jun 23, 2008 (2:33 pm)
Can't help with #1 but on #2
Struts on subies usually last about 80-100k miles give or take so you aren't too far out of that range, especially given the rough roads and trailering. 1100 is a bit much for struts for it. I'd go with KYB GR2 Struts that should be found for around $100/each max and about $300 to have em installed is around $700.
#17831 of 19336 Re: 2 Foresters, 2 problems. [paisan]
Jun 24, 2008 (7:33 am)
#17832 of 19336 Re: 2 Foresters, 2 problems. [tim3]
Jun 24, 2008 (1:01 pm)
I'm surprised you don't also get a check-engine light. It sounds like it's misfiring.
You may just want to reset the ECU if you haven't already.
#17833 of 19336 Re: 2 Foresters, 2 problems. [ateixeira]
Jun 25, 2008 (8:00 am)
Thanks Juice. I've been surprised the CEL hasn't come on either. I've been hoping it would come on because I know without it, any diagnoses is mostly a shot in the dark. At any rate, the car stopped doing it all of a sudden yesterday???!!! I reset set the ECU anyway. We'll see what happens. Thanks again.
#17834 of 19336 2006 Legacy wagon engine growl
Jun 25, 2008 (12:45 pm)
I have a 2006 Legacy Wagon SE Automatic. Over the last few month or so, I have noticed that there is a rather loud growl from the engine while turning the steering at low speeds in a parking lot. Is that normal, and/ or has anyone else experienced it? The power steering pump was leaking, and was repaired recently.
There is also a high pitch whine at speeds over 40 miles but I was told by the dealership that it is normal for boxer engines.
Thanks in advance.
#17835 of 19336 non-start, engine surge
Jul 06, 2008 (6:56 pm)
Forester 98. Always cold starts well, but sometimes does not seem to get gas to start again after 4-5 consecutive shorts trips. Will start then only by hitting gas pedal, which causes the rpm level to surge (sometimes wildly) for 30 seconds to a couple of minutes. Noticed more pings than usual a couple of times lately, too. Any ideas? Thanks.
#17836 of 19336 Re: non-start, engine surge [nova11]
Jul 07, 2008 (9:00 am)
I used to have one of those, did you buy my Acadia Green Metallic one?
It's a decade old, so if you haven't already, look to change things like the spark plugs, plug wires, and ignition coil, in that order.
The erratic behavior may be the ECU, though.
#17837 of 19336 Re: non-start, engine surge [ateixeira]
Jul 07, 2008 (6:27 pm)
Also check for a vacum leak, on a car that old the hoses tend to get a little dried out.
#17838 of 19336 update (17835)
Jul 19, 2008 (10:52 am)
Thanks for the advice. Turns out that the plugs, plug wires and ignition coil are fine. Had the pretty worn hoses (and clamps) replaced. Problem is still there.
One new symptom: Got stopped in place for 5 minutes in 90-something degree. The heat gauge went up for the first time ever - - - up close to H before I was able to move. Once going forward again, the gauge quickly returned to normal.
Cold starts still no problem.
Repeat hot starts are no problem. Re-starts after 10-30 minutes are erratic - often have to step on gas pedal which causes rpms to rise ( a couple of times to the degree that the car would go up to 20mph without more gas).
Any more thoughts? My mechanic (good) is at a loss to figure out what to do next.