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#18092 of 19336 Trouble Starting
May 29, 2009 (12:41 pm)
I got a 1996 subaru legacy and its been having trouble starting. Sometimes it wont start on the first try. Now it turns over it just wont start. And when it does start up sometimes the RPMs will drop and it will stall out. We replaced the spark plugs but still have the problem. Also I have drove it for a short distance shut it off and then come back to it 5 minutes later and it wont start. I would wait 5 minutes and then it finally will. Any idea??
#18093 of 19336 Re: Trouble Starting [hrrsvctn]
May 29, 2009 (12:49 pm)
Try replacing your knock, camshaft, and crankshaft sensors. If you do not want to replace all at once, start with the knock sensor. All are relatively easy to locate, access, and replace. I suspect you will resolve both problems simultaneously.
I lived with that no-start problem for a few years before it finally disappeared after replacing those sensors due to the rough start & idle problem you described. I think they were somehow related, though I do not fully know. I was, however, thrilled to know I could rely on my car when running errands!
#18094 of 19336 Three broken Ipods???
May 31, 2009 (3:41 pm)
My wife and I bought a new 2009 forester and 2009 outback.
My wife connected her Ipod classic to the Aux and soon thereafter it died. The ipod was pretty old so figured it was time.
We each bought Ipod shuffles and have used them in each of our subarus on and off for a few months. Both died.
Has anyone else had an issue with their Ipods?
#18095 of 19336 Re: Three broken Ipods??? [tsxowwner]
Jun 01, 2009 (2:56 am)
I do know that Ipods usually last about one week past warranty period so it may not be anything to do with the Subaru
#18096 of 19336 Re: Three broken Ipods??? [grahampeters]
Jun 01, 2009 (10:38 am)
Except mine... I have had it four years with no problems so far. I doubt it has anything to do with the cars, though. I used my iPod in an '07 and an '08 outback, and had no problems with it as a result.
#18097 of 19336 Re: Catalytic Converter Efficiency[xwesx]
Jun 01, 2009 (7:12 pm)
I got a new O2 sensor. The old one was hard to take out. But when I did get it out, I saw why. The threads were bad, hence, I got not get the new sensor in. I do not know what to do. I am thinking of driving to the auto parts store (minus the sensor) get a tap/thread chaser, cleaning the threads and put the new one in. I just do not know if I can drive with out the sensor and having the upstream hole open. I might connect the old sensor so the computer gets some kind of reading while the car is in operation.
#18098 of 19336 Re: Catalytic Converter Efficiency[xwesx] [phil2000]
Jun 02, 2009 (10:02 am)
Ouch. Yeah, I don't know either what will work. I agree that re-threading the hole is the best option, but you might just have to experiment with the transportation to and from. Maybe lube the threads on the old one, wedge it in as well as possible, reconnect and go....
#18099 of 19336 Re: Catalytic Converter Efficiency[xwesx] [phil2000] [xwesx]
Jun 02, 2009 (5:18 pm)
Well I drove to the auto parts store with the sensor connected and hanging in the engine compartment. Picked up the thread chaser and after some elbow grease got it in. Check the codes (P0301, 0031, & 0420). Cleared the codes and now we will see where we stand.
While I was underneath the car, I realized I need some boots for the tie rods and the curbside half shaft. There was a lot of oil on the bottom of the car. I see a drop or two when I leave for work in the morning. Can I steam clean the engine and look for the sepage?
Also, do I need that cover on the bottom of the car? During an oil change years ago someone cut a hole in it. Over time it started breaking apart.
Jun 02, 2009 (5:23 pm)
While my '09 Forester XT was on road trip to Washington state, I noted a small vibration in the steering wheel at normal cruising speeds of 70 - 75 mph. Washington roads are better paved than Oregons, and made it easier to sense the vibration.
My friendly service manager (one of two I know at Hillsboro Subaru, who have been straightforward and honest) discovered all 4 wheels were out of balance, ranging from 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce. The worst tires were on the front.
He also mentioned other customers from Les Schwab and elsewhere had come in to have tires balanced, and had gone away happy.
Ironically, I've rarely found a tire shop that can properly balance tires: balancing goes to their lowest paid people who, from personal observations, have their minds on something else.
#18101 of 19336 Re: Tire Balancing Fun [kurtamaxxxguy]
Jun 02, 2009 (6:14 pm)
I buy ($100 for a set of four) my tires from a recycling center (junk yard). I have been fortunate in getting tires that are 1-3 years old (DOT date) with excellent tread.
There is a vibration at highway speeds. I probably need a rotation and balance. This will be done when I get the boots on the tie rod done (this repair is beyond my ability to repair). Got to know you limits.