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#19307 of 19336 Re: Advice on a Trip to Dealer? [stackman1]
Aug 20, 2013 (2:33 pm)
There is a consumer grade manual from Haynes. Found it on Amazon.com Covers 2000-06 Legacy and Forester and other models. My experience with Subaru is the basics change little over time. Looks like part# 89101. Just verified that as correct. $18! I recommend Wal-Mart full synthetic oil. With a WIX oil filter. That is the same company that makes the NAPA oil filters. If you have an old Subaru manual, Haynes 90-98, hang onto it. Little has changed. As for that oil, I have the MO people change every 10K miles. Those cars do a bit of interstate running. I have seen one get as high as 15K miles once with still a bit of slipperiness in the oil,,,,,but as I told them, I frown on that kind of distance between changes.
Now, when things get really tough, I pull the professional grade manuals out from the library or the ones I have already bought. That is very rare. We also still have contacts with dealer parts supplies who are very happy to share some of their mechanical nightmares and how they solved them. Needless to say, we share ours as well when they need help. For example, I do not replace the oil galley gasket with just silicone! I make a paper gasket and coat both sides with a thin coat of silicone. Needless to say the paper and the silicone must be correct for the application. Edmunds.com has become a good repository of repair info from many of us as well. Just search a topic and read. Lot of stuff there that will open your eyes just surfing and reading. Lot of stuff that will keep you out of trouble before you get in it. This info I have even used before buying a new car to see what kind of headaches people are having. Before buying the Yaris, I solved the problems others were having before the first dollar went out. Now there are 4 Toyota Yaris's in service replacing the Subaru's. 36-40 mpg is a real good deal and the maintenance needed is a lot lower than Subaru engines. NO timing belt!!!! But before you jump up and down on that one, timing chains do require service eventually. Ignore it, and you bang pistons into valves!
Bottom line, the more you know about your own car yourself, the less likely you will get screwed by a mechanic, the more likely you can head off major trouble before it comes and the longer that car will serve you. Not to mention you begin to know what parts fit what years! Huh....can you imagine knowing more about that car, like can you push it into at the rate you are driving......to age 30 with the original driveline!? Yes, if you can still get parts! I know, because I have a few up in that age bracket!
So much for shop talk today! This is what the pros use to get the tips they need for headaches....shop talk. Go get that Haynes book on Amazon.....that is your first textbook! Back to school! Imagine this it less than an inch thick and you will use it more than your college textbooks that were several inches thick! What a deal!
Back to edit.....another thought. The local library here has a subscription to Alldata. I rarely use it, but when I need it, it is there. Helpful when it comes to stuff like that DOHC 89 Volvo which has even less info available. So check your local library to see what resources they may have available.
#19308 of 19336 Re: Advice on a Trip to Dealer? [girlcarbuilder]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Aug 20, 2013 (5:43 pm)
My local library has Chilton's online and it seems pretty worthless. Lots of generic "filler".
Try here too:
Online Repair Manuals
#19309 of 19336 Re: Advice on a Trip to Dealer? [girlcarbuilder]
Aug 25, 2013 (6:44 am)
Hello Everyone - wanted to follow up. When I went to my scheduled appt with the local dealer, I limited my service to an oil change and re-charge of the a/c - (thanks for the advice). I plan on doing all the things on my wish list but will need to use my SubaruBucks judiciously.
They called me mid-day to say that the a/c compressor was not working. They had already charged it with freon. I paid $155.25 at pickup ($37 oil change - $118 a/c charge ). The a/c is working fine now but I haven't had it on for more than 20 minutes at a time.
They performed a multi-point courtesy inspection and here is what they itemized:
New a/c compressor w/ Labor - $920
Rear wiper blade torn - $16
Both Drive Belts (I assume P/S and Alternator) - $150
Both front marker bulbs - $26
Front left axle needed (torn boot will dry out?) - $340
$1452 - the above work + Tax
GirlcarlBuilder - I ordered the book from Amazon. I am in the process of moving to Long Island from Pittsburgh - where I will have a big driveway.
Any suggestions about stuff to buy for driveway work....pans, tarps, ramps?, whatever... greatly appreciated. As I said before back in the day I used to be able to slide under my oldsmobiles, however today, I am a bit more well nourished.
Thanks for the input everyone
#19310 of 19336 Re: Advice on a Trip to Dealer? [stackman1]
Sep 01, 2013 (8:58 pm)
Note: when you change the diffy fluid, remove the FILL bolt first. You don't want to drain the fluid and discover that the fill bolt was installed by a 1000 pound gorilla.
Other than this, it's pretty simple.
#19311 of 19336 Re: Advice on a Trip to Dealer? [jfl]
Sep 02, 2013 (6:55 am)
Thanks for the tip JFL. What do you do about access? do you use jackstands?
#19312 of 19336 Re: Advice on a Trip to Dealer? [stackman1]
Sep 09, 2013 (1:12 am)
Sorry for the late reply.
I used jack stands the second time.
The first time, one of the bolts WAS installed by said 1000# gorilla.
So, with the car on the ground, I set-up the wrench with a long cheater bar, used a jack to apply pressure on the bar, then bounced on the car to break the bolt free.
YMMV. This is information only and I'm not responsible for injury or damage to anyone replicating my actions.
#19313 of 19336 Re: Advice on a Trip to Dealer? [stackman1]
Sep 22, 2013 (6:11 am)
For my Miata I used ramps for the rear tires.
Also 2 bolts, removed the top one first. I bought a cheap hand held oil pump to pump diff oil UP in to the pumpkin. It's full when it spills out.
Your sig other will hate the smell of gear oil cologne.
#19314 of 19336 Re: Advice on a Trip to Dealer? [stackman1]
Sep 30, 2013 (1:08 pm)
Does it make sense that my a/c compressor is the problem if I get cold air for the first 10-15 minutes? Got the 2000-2006 Haynes manual for the Forester and started to take a look at my a/c lines etc.
When I was walking away from my car I noticed that my exhaust was leaking water. Something it has never done. Please tell me this is not the head gasket issue.....
It seems that whenever I take my car into a dealer all my problems get worse. I have been through the mill with this car. Ugh....
#19315 of 19336 Re: Advice on a Trip to Dealer? [stackman1]
Sep 30, 2013 (2:37 pm)
Hello! That is exactly what my brother said when he quit seeing them years ago. I see each car about 1-2 times a year.
As long as you are not seeing the temp gauge take off under load, forget head gaskets. The nature of this beast is there is always small amounts of leakage. It starts out very small and builds gradually to the point of overheating under load. This can take years in some cases.
Compressor shutting down early? Check your Freon levels. Check to be sure your cooling fans are running.
#19316 of 19336 Re: Advice on a Trip to Dealer? [stackman1]
Oct 01, 2013 (12:39 pm)
A little water/vapor in the exhaust is not unusual. Make sure the engine gets a chance to warm up, so when you shut it off it evaporates and doesn't leave water sitting in the exhaust system.