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#19257 of 19283 Re: Thanks [xwesx]
Dec 04, 2012 (10:17 am)
Wes - comments on Amazon suggest the blue ones for 9007 aren't that "blue".
The bulb I just replaced has lasted since I bought the car in Aug 2001 - so no complaints with the base brand but maybe I will give those Sylvania Xtravision a shot unless you suggest trying the Wagner's.
I am one of those guys with cloudy lamps so I am going to use a 2000 grit sandpaper on them lightly before I clean (or maybe clean first, sand, clean again?)
#19258 of 19283 Re: Thanks [stackman1]
Dec 04, 2012 (11:29 am)
Often the inexpensive, "base" bulbs do last a long time. But, they do so by trading off intensity for life span. While I prefer not to have something that is ultra-bright (blinds oncoming traffic) and lasts only six months, I do like to maximize my visibility. That's what lead me to the TruView. They aren't expensive (no more so than the Xtravision), but have a far more neutral light that, for me, works better.
We also have six months of snow, and the whiter light interacts really well with snow (in that it multiplies the lights' effect). After a fresh snowfall, I feel like I can see a mile ahead with those things.
Unless they don't last at least a year, I plan to stick with them. Oddly enough, my new Fiesta uses the same bulbs as the Forester, so that's a nice bonus.
Aside: I hate blue/purple headlights. They are the worse offenders for throwing glare at oncoming drivers.
#19259 of 19283 2003 wheel bearing noise, Forester
Feb 07, 2013 (10:51 am)
I now have 163k trouble free miles. But the car has been steadily getting noisier, part of the noise is from the window/gasket seal. There is another noise though coming from something in the drivetrain, rear of the vehicle. It's a low humming noise that gets steadily louder with speed. Sounds like a muted version of the big off-road tires on pickups when they are run on paved roads.
There's no play in the wheels, and since its AWD, detecting roughness in a bearing is a problem. I changed the rear diff oil, everything looked clean and good there, but the noise has persisted. Being doing it for about 10k miles now.
#19260 of 19283 Re: 2003 wheel bearing noise, Forester [once_for_all]
Feb 07, 2013 (11:03 am)
Playing the odds, it's very likely a wheel bearing.
#19261 of 19283 Fuel injector service w/ throttle body cleaning?
Mar 14, 2013 (12:03 pm)
My dealer, generally trustworthy, recommended as "preventive maintenance", that I have "fuel injector service with throttle body cleaning", estimated at $264. 2003 Forester with 50K miles, all in California, not driven hard. Comments, please, on price/necessity of this procedure?
#19262 of 19283 Re: Fuel injector service w/ throttle body cleaning? [tomspdr]
Mar 14, 2013 (12:40 pm)
Seems a bit early, but that fixed a serious hesitation problem we had on a 1995 Mazda 626 V6. Do it if you feel you've lost any performance at all vs. new.
#19263 of 19283 Re: Fuel injector service w/ throttle body cleaning? [ateixeira]
by steve_ HOST
Mar 14, 2013 (1:51 pm)
I would just buy a bottle of Techron at Walmart, or get a few tanks of Chevron.
#19264 of 19283 Re: Fuel injector service w/ throttle body cleaning? [tomspdr]
Mar 14, 2013 (1:51 pm)
How about $0!!!!! I am assuming a cable throttle body and not electronic. Change brands of gasoline. The different additives in another brand will remove the trash another brand left behind! 2-3 tanks should be enough.
In the electronic T bodies, they are servo motor controlled. Different issues there as well.
As for everyone else.....the MO Subaru fleet seems to have caught a head gasket virius! One completed and returned to service. The other two have been caught failing in early stages at 250K miles or more of service. The best I have seen about this issue on web is the following web site. The most recent failure was on a replacement engine with an estimated mileage between 80-100 service. That estimate is based upon exam of cylinders and deposits found in the oil galley.
Two very experienced mechanics, myself included, cheked this website out and found that this guy seems to be very much on target with the problem. He nailed the issue to a t on this 98 engine I serviced last!
#19265 of 19283 Re: Fuel injector service w/ throttle body cleaning? [girlcarbuilder]
by steve_ HOST
Mar 14, 2013 (2:04 pm)
Very interesting - my '97 Outback's battery has always generated more "chia pet hair" than any other car I've owned. Every time I read a post like this it makes me want to sell it so I won't have to deal with the inevitable head gasket failure. And winter is winding down....
#19266 of 19283 Re: Fuel injector service w/ throttle body cleaning? [steve_]
Mar 14, 2013 (3:13 pm)
My Escort fit that bill for me: It was terrible about battery terminal corrosion. Then, I replaced the cables last year and added another large grounding strap from the negative terminal to the body.
What do you know? No corrosion at all the last year I owned it! In other words, it's a resistance game. Try adding (or replacing) a grounding strap on your car and see if it makes a difference.