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Sep 18, 2008 (9:32 am)
I recently read on the net that there have been soldering problems with the clocks on the early Foresters. I have a 2000 and the clock stopped working about a year ago. I read that if you can repair a bad solder joint it works as good as new again. Since I have some experience soldering I would like to give it a try but I don't know how to get the clock out. Any suggestions?
#17878 of 19283 Catalytic converter problem
Sep 18, 2008 (9:38 am)
I recently had the rubber boot on the axle split and had to have it replaced. The Subaru dealer alerted me to the fact that the flange connecting the catalytic converter to the muffler was shot and leaking. They wanted $1004 to repair it!
I had been smelling a burnt oil smell but I attributed it to grease from the broken rubber boot)
I went to a local garage who suggested cutting out the flange and replacing it with a flexi connector. They did the job for $125. While I was happy about the cost savings I now wonder if this will effect me getting the car through inspection. The car seems to run much better now. Your thoughts?
#17879 of 19283 Re: Catalytic converter problem [hamuller]
Sep 18, 2008 (10:52 am)
It shouldn't affect inspection.
#17880 of 19283 Re: Catalytic converter problem [hamuller]
Sep 18, 2008 (11:37 am)
You should be fine.
We had a 626 and the same thing happened, and I spent a similar amount.
Later friends here told me about the solution you mentioned. I believe it's fairly common, mostly it saves a lot of labor on the job. I wish I'd done it.
For the clock search for Peaty's instructions and photos on ScoobyMods.
#17881 of 19283 Re: throw out bearing
Sep 26, 2008 (5:41 pm)
could someone post a few pictures of how to put the retaining clips back onto the throw out bearing.
#17882 of 19283 Re: Catalytic converter problem [samiam_68]
Sep 27, 2008 (12:55 pm)
Thanks, I've been worried about inspection.
#17883 of 19283 noise in gearbox
Oct 01, 2008 (11:20 pm)
I own a 1999 Subaru Legacy Wagon (Brighton). Over a period of 2 to 3000Km a noise coming seamingly directly through the stick shift has gradually been getting louder. Sounds like a bearing noise to me. In neautral the sound is there but not as loud as when in gear even when clutch is disengaged. Same in all gears and reverse. Have taken it to mechanics to see about a diagnosis but they tell me what I already know. Is there a further specific diagnosis which could occur. I am very strapped for cash and need to run it for work. Checked Differential fluid and it looks perfect. Should I check drain plug magnet for a type of metal? Any advise would be appreciated. Thankyou for your time.
#17884 of 19283 2004 Forester Connecting Rod problems
Oct 09, 2008 (12:34 pm)
I have a 2004 Forester XT with 105K miles on it, and today I found out that my connecting rod is knocking into the block and that my engine is basically shot. I am devastated. I have had my share of problems with this car, but I love it, and this is disappointing beyond belief. I have been excessively diligent with the maintenance on this vehicle and I have all records to prove it. I bought it in 2006 and it had 58K miles on it then. I have put a lot of miles on this car in the last 2.5 years, but is there any reason why such an important component of the engine would go bad so soon when the car has been well taken care of? What on earth should I do? My mechanic estimates that a rebuilt engine will probably cost me about 3K.
#17885 of 19283 Re: 2004 Forester Connecting Rod problems [tanager]
Oct 10, 2008 (11:17 am)
Sorry to hear that.
That's the first I've heard of that sort of problem. What a freak occurence. Odd. The pistons on the 04 XT were forged, I believe, not sure about the con rods. The block was also exceedingly strong - they used the STI semi-closed deck block in 04 and 05 IIRC. 04-05 owners tease 06+ owners for not getting the same robust engine block. It was an inside joke of sorts.
#17886 of 19283 Re: 2004 Forester Connecting Rod problems [ateixeira]
Oct 10, 2008 (2:14 pm)
Yes I am shocked too. And I just found out that a rebuilt engine is going to run me more like $4600. I am at a loss. Does anyone think I have any recourse with Subaru over this? I am planning on bringing it to my local dealer to see if they can offer any assistance, but I fear that's going to end up costing me even more in the long run.