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#18641 of 19283 1999 Subaru Legacy SUS Weirdness
Mar 24, 2010 (8:48 am)
I am hoping the Subaru crew can help me out once again.
My 1999 2.5 Subaru has never had any problems except for the known separator plate leak. My mechanic fixed the plate with the new metal one. When he fixed the plate problem, he took the engine out and then put it back in the car. The leaks are gone, but I have a new issue.
It happens (usually) once a day and the problem happens at different times and road conditions. After I come to a complete stop, I can try to accelerate and the car starts moving with heavy hesitation. Its almost like someone is grabbing the front wheels. If you apply more pressure to the gas pedal, the car will continue to accelerate at a slow pace. Eventually when the car gets to 2nd or 3rd gear, the car accelerates at an expected pace. There are no noises or smells. When this problem happens, it is like the car is operating on a 40 to 50% acceleration reduction.
The mechanic did change my transmission fluid and he is a trusted mechanic. But the problem will not replicate on demand and the car is not giving any error codes.
Help - any ideas?
#18642 of 19283 Re: 1999 Subaru Legacy SUS Weirdness [sus77]
Mar 24, 2010 (9:04 am)
Hesitation at starting was a problem with my 1997 Legacy GT and the fault was the knock sensor. Have you checked it yet?
#18643 of 19283 Re: 1999 Subaru Legacy SUS Weirdness [sus77]
Mar 24, 2010 (1:05 pm)
I thought of a simpler possibility - a sticky front brake caliper.
Are you sure it's the engine, and not resistance from the brakes?
#18644 of 19283 Re: Rear Wheel Bearings [girlcarbuilder]
Mar 24, 2010 (1:43 pm)
The dealer said he could put the knuckle on the bench and press it out for $99.00. Now all I have to do is get it off the car and some how get it to the dealership.
#18645 of 19283 Re: Rear Wheel Bearings [phil2000]
Mar 24, 2010 (5:35 pm)
I keep a Dahon folding bike in my car for just such emergencies!
#18646 of 19283 Subaru OBD port compatability issue with MyRate
Apr 02, 2010 (8:42 am)
Progressive Insurance has device that monitors your car activity via the OBD port. On a 2009 Outback, it does not record any trip activity (failed with 2 devices, although the first one worked a few days). Progressive can contact the device via the cell phone network, but there is no data to download.
Do I have a faulty OBD port? Anyway to diagnose this further?
#18647 of 19283 Re: Subaru OBD port compatability issue with MyRate [ths258]
Apr 02, 2010 (9:41 am)
I'm pretty sure that all new Subi's use CAN. My older car uses ISO which was pretty easy to talk to. I've heard that CAN can be more particular. If the first one worked at all, I suspect that the problem is more likely on Progressive's side. If they haven't certified their device with Subaru vehicles, they may have to update their interface.
Apr 03, 2010 (5:13 pm)
Any comments or feedback on whether the front or rear tires on a Subaru Forester wear faster?
I suspect the front, but would like to hear opinions.
#18649 of 19283 Re: tire wear on Forester [kurtamaxxxguy]
Apr 03, 2010 (7:28 pm)
I have 317K miles (on the 5th set) on my Forester and found that all tires wore pretty evenly given driving habits. But proper inflation and regular maintenance (balancing, rotation, alignment) is the key.
#18650 of 19283 Re: Rear Wheel Bearings [phil2000]
Apr 04, 2010 (7:26 am)
Rear wheel bearing service failure report at 40K service miles. Total mileage on unit. 258K.
Unit from MO came in. It had been in deep water. Rear wheel bearing was howling for some time. Like 5K miles. I was expecting the knuckle to be ruined. Turned out it was just fine. This is an AWD wagon. Tore it down. The install of the old bearing had full synthetic grease used. Found the grease in good condition, but bearing had rusted and pitted very badly. No signs of heating up! Very pleased with grease performance. Regular grease and I do not think the car would have made it all the way from St. Louis to Baton Rouge, LA. Second incident of rough service unintentional testing of synthetic grease.
Also noted, that inner wheel bearing and intermediate seal made by National had failed. So when doing a reinstall, make sure the face of the half shaft is sanded smooth and the seal has a coat of grease. We plan to observe the National seals from now on and are considering going back to OEM seals.
Bottom line, caution. These bearings are vulenable to water and dirt if these seals get torn up and I am willing to bet this is a common problem with Subies that play in deep dirt and water. The ones from St. Louis are road runners.
Also, I forgot, forgive me. Slide hammer part number 05223 from Harbor freight with small enough drilled out stack of flat washers works well as a hub puller on AWD units. You want that 5 lb hammer for this. They also have a kit for pressing the bearings on car, # 66829. Works for install as well as uninstall. I also had to get another threaded longer bar with proper size washer to do the job. Both of these kits require a expert mechanic to use properly because you have to know what to push what against to do each task. About $100 buys these nice little toys.
The following website should help with this job. www.endwrench.com/images/pdfs/WheelBearing.pdf Good luck.