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#3872 of 19283 Do a full-size spare
Sep 22, 2004 (7:10 am)
How many months is a "few" months?
You can have a small variation, up to 1/4" circumference (right guys?) from tire to tire. Your few months old tire might fall within that tolerance.
You know what I'd do?
Get 4 new tires, one new rim, make the few months old tire your new full size spare.
As a matter of fact, I have a spare 15" rim laying in my garage and you can have it if you pick it up. It's black, 6" wide, Subaru offset. Almost brand new off our 2002 Legacy L.
Sep 22, 2004 (7:26 am)
We all know that owning an AWD vehicle cost a bit more. Extra purchase price, a little more maintenance cost (not much), potentially higher repair cost, and increased gas consumption. Tires are another "potential" category. Yes, you should absolutely keep your tires within similar circumferance and always the same tread pattern, even if it means purchasing an entire set versus just one or two. It's one of those extra costs so you can gain the superior handling of AWD no matter the weather conditions.
Here's something to think about: Did your tires come from the same manufacturing lot? A number of years ago I had a set of very nice Michelin's mounted on my Accord, and after 30,000 miles those 60,000-mile tires totally wore out...except for one. It still had half tread life. I had rotated those tires every 5,000 miles. Just out of curiosity I checked into it, and come to find out, that one tire was from a different manufacturing lot. No problem on a FWD car in that case, but it could have been with any of my current AWD vehicles. Now I ask that all the tires come from the same lot when I make a new purchase.
#3874 of 19283 How much work is involved in replacing the Knock Sensor?
Sep 22, 2004 (9:28 am)
I got the part from the dealer, and on my way to the shop, but unable to do so today, just curious, how much work is involved in installing the sensor? Thanks
#3875 of 19283 Re: How much work is involved in replacing the Knock Sensor? [john284]
Sep 22, 2004 (11:41 am)
It is visible from the drivers side, on the upper deck, tucked under the intake manifold. One connector and a bolt and it is out. But I could imagine that getting a tool and your hands in there could be tight.
#3876 of 19283 Re: AWD, uneven tire wear...4 new tires [p0926]
Sep 22, 2004 (2:39 pm)
hey, thanks everyone for such great and fast replies. I bought it at costco here in Hawaii(potenza re900), hope they still have them. A couple of months (I was gone this summer, so only a couple thousand miles on the one tire) should be alright. I think it measured 9/32, new is 11/32, I think. Anyhow, I may get Michelin replacements, the Bridgestones do seem to wear out quick for me. This time, I WILL rotate! thanks again edmunds.com folks.
#3877 of 19283 Re: Engine Light On Climbing Mountain Passes [vetmats]
Sep 22, 2004 (4:28 pm)
I forgot, my problems originated with a few trips to the dealer with CEL code for misfire on Cynlinder 4. This was 2-3 months before the breakdown.
#3878 of 19283 Replacing Tires
Sep 23, 2004 (1:21 pm)
I would only replace 4 tires at a time on any AWD vehicle. Same tires, same lot, etc.
I had a problem on my AWD Trooper when I replaced 1 of my tires with what appeared to be the same wear amount on the same tire from a different lot, different year. Found out the circumference was different on them and that was causing my issue.
I would never risk wearing out the AWD system by NOT putting 4 tires on at the same time. Is a $2000 AWD system worth it for $400 worth of tires?
#3879 of 19283 Thanks, Steve
Sep 24, 2004 (9:09 am)
I replaced the Knock Sensor myself before another hurricane hits florida (I am not there, but do get the residual effect). I reset the ECU, and CEL is gone, history, total cost: $15 (factor in the $100 subie bucks), now about that clutch....
#3880 of 19283 Daylight running light and gauge panel squeak
Sep 24, 2004 (2:15 pm)
I just bought a 2005 Forester today:) I have a couple of questions. When I go over hard bumps, the gauge panel(clear plastic) makes squeaking noise. I didn't hear it while test driving but the roads around here I live are crappy... It makes the same noise when I press it with my hands. Is the gauge panel defective? Do you hear the same noise when you press the gauge panel? also, is there a way to turn off daylight running light?
#3881 of 19283 Re: Daylight running light and gauge panel squeak [gotb]
Sep 24, 2004 (2:49 pm)
Funny, but I have only had one other car (thank God...) that had the clear plastic squeak - a Nissan. Drove me crazy... Something about how the bezzle trim pressed against the clear panel. The friction causes vibration, which translates into an audible sound. I tried two solutions, but both had to be 'refreshed' from time to time. Either you have to separate them, or lube them so they slide without friction. I found that with a little pushing, I could get a thin piece of paper between them in spots, but make it barely noticeable. I also tried a little wax and touch of oil in spots to make them glide over each other. Each would work for a few months, then had to be done over.
If you can find a way to remove the surrounds and inspect them, I bet you will find burrs that are touching.