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Nov 16, 2004 (8:23 am)
116k miles is a lot. If you had less than 100k it would actually have been covered by Subaru's extended warranty.
Your repair should be covered for a year, that's pretty standard. And if you make it to 232k miles before your next major failure, well, congratulations, that's incredible.
I wouldn't worry, unless you had severe overheating and warped the heads.
The 2005 Forester indeed has throttle-by-wire, though it was actually tuned to be more linear, supposedly, which explains why the EPA estimates for fuel mileage improved.
I haven't actually sampled the new throttle myself so I can't compare it to my '98. The throttle on my wife's 2002 Legacy was not very linear, though.
Nov 16, 2004 (8:26 am)
Thanks guys......this morning I am a bit calmer and I realize that it is like everyone says.....the car is very responsive and since I don't have any shifting to do I am just too aware of it.....just need time to know the car. It does just what Larry says his car does.....so I should take it easy on the curves.
#4132 of 19336 growling vibration in steering at idle
Nov 16, 2004 (4:55 pm)
I have been getting a growling/buzzing vibration in the steering wheel at idle while the engine is warming up, especially present when I turn the steering wheel left or right. Any idea what this might be? As the vehicle warms up and the idle drops, so does the vibration. If I put the car into neutral it pretty much goes away. The vehicle is a 2004 3.0 6 cylinder Outback wagon with 5900 miles on it.
#4133 of 19336 Overheating
Nov 17, 2004 (6:53 pm)
I have a 1997 automatic Forester with about 117,000 miles. Car has been fairly well maintained. Last week I noticed that the temp indicator was approaching H. Brought in to the dealer. Put in new thermostat, flushed radiator and new radiator cap. Said all belts and fans were working properly. Next day same thing happened. THen I noticed that if i turned off the heater and drove less than 45 mph temp indicator stayed in normal range. Brought it back and they cleaned out the heating coil.Once again it hit the H. While driving tonight I noticed that when the heater was on, there was a lot of static on the radio. Once again indicator hit the H. Then when I turned the radio off the indicator was in the normal range. It appears to me that there may be some short some place that is causing teh car to overheat when the radio and/or heater are on. Anyone know of a fix.
Nov 18, 2004 (7:02 am)
There was no '97 model in the US, you sure it's not a '98?
My guess is the electrical problem is just coincidental. I suspect you have leaky head gaskets, or a bad seal. Have your mechanic inspect those areas (front, rear, and bottom sides of the block) for leaks.
Has your coolant level dropped at all?
#4135 of 19336 Re: Overheating [rkw2]
Nov 18, 2004 (9:20 am)
If turning off the radio changes the temperature reading that is an indication of a temperature guage wiring or under-dashboard wiring problem. A loose common ground return for the heater fan, radio and temperature guage is what I would look for. This also might be corrosion in a common connector to the positive bus. The heater fan causing radio static is another indicator of this type of fault.
Your engine temperature might be ok.
Nov 18, 2004 (3:22 pm)
I second David's excellent advice!
#4137 of 19336 overheating
Nov 18, 2004 (7:38 pm)
Thanks for your help. My mistake...it is an early production 1998 that i purchased in August 1997.Tonight I took her out.....drove for about 15 minutes at 35 to 40 mph, no heater no radio. As soon as i hit 45 plus miles the indicator shot up to H. I noticed driving home that if i stay within the 35 to 40 mph range the indicator is where it should be. It goes to H above and below this range. The car did overheat a couple of times when the dealer was testing it.
There are dangling/hanging wires under the dash. They are brown with a round silver plug like end (looks like the plug that goes into my cell phone when i recharge it). But i think they've been dangling since i've had the car.When the car was new I found soem dangling wires and the dealer stuck them into a hole under the dash: do not remember if it was these or another set. I leave for work and return home in the dark. I'll check these out over the weekend.
Is there any one at Subaru who could maybe help me out.
#4138 of 19336 Re: Overheating [saedave]
Nov 18, 2004 (7:54 pm)
My guess is a blown head gasket on the driver's side. Your are experiencing the typical symptoms of a 2.5L DOHC head gasket failure. Ocassionally there will be a film of oil floating in the coolant recovery tank.
The dangling wires are probably the wires that are connected only for diagnostic purposes. They are normally not connected. But if you are having electrical problems you should ask about the wires.
#4139 of 19336 Re: Overheating [dcm61]
Nov 20, 2004 (4:38 am)
The description of speed dependent H readings could still be an electrical failure. If at 45 mph the alternator output voltage rises to a value that unbalances a poorly functioning bridge circuit with a missing arm, the guage reading would not have voltage compensation and could read high.
But a blown gasket AND a bad guage circuit could co-exist. The engine temperature sensor itself might be an easy, cheap item to replace as a test.