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#5053 of 19336 Re: Vibrations at 70+ [jmtreetop]
Apr 11, 2005 (3:56 pm)
It is interesting that Subaru's are especially prone to out of balance wheels and tires. I have driven two different Subarus, a 2000 Outback Limited for four years and now a 2004 3.0 Outback for one year and both have had Tire balance issues. Both of the tire balance issues were not solved easily. I have never had the same issues with any other car I have driven nor has my wife. No matter what tires I put on the car, I have had a shimmy until I have used a alignment shop that had a Hunter road force wheel balancing device.
I have even road tested new Subaru's and found that tires were out of balance. Of course, the sales person in the car with me, said, "oh you have noticed a wheel balance problem?" as the steering wheel was rattling away.
I have leaned that if I get new tires, I will have to spend a good deal of time dealing with the issue. I used to buy and have tires mounted at Costco. No more. I need skilled help with good gear. Too sensitive.
#5054 of 19336 Tire balancing with Subarus.
Apr 11, 2005 (5:00 pm)
"I have driven two different Subarus, a 2000 Outback Limited for four years and now a 2004 3.0 Outback for one year and both have had Tire balance issues. Both of the tire balance issues were not solved easily."
- That is funny. The Subaru that I have ('02 WRX) is the one car that has not had tire balance issues! My Camry had balance issues (had taken the balance shop 4 times to get the balance right). My old Acura Legend has had the same issues, with two different mechanics balancing the tires!!
Usually it is the place where you get the tires balanced vs. the car. BTW, Costco is where I had the problems with the Camry. Though my experience there has generally been positive (though you wait an hour and a half!).
The other cause has been from a rim or rims being slighly bent (the Legend).
#5055 of 19336 Re: Tire balancing with Subarus. [kevin111]
Apr 12, 2005 (8:18 am)
I have never had issues with alignment either. I often have front tires out of balance in the winter when snow gets packed into the front rims, but if it is bad enough or lasts more than a week or two, I will find a friend to let me park it in their garage for a couple hours to thaw enough to break it out. Considering how thoroughly I abuse this poor beast, I've been rather impressed with the durability of the alignment. Right now it looks like I have taken it on some serious bogging expeditions; not far from the truth, but I was only going home! 182K miles and counting....
Maybe the newer Outbacks are more prone to it.
#5056 of 19336 Re: Vibrations at 70+ [jcabin]
Apr 13, 2005 (12:14 am)
It is interesting that Subaru's are especially prone to out of balance wheels and tires.
My experience is just the opposite. The Subarus I have had have been very smooth and the wheels/tires have been very easy to balance. However I drive a Legacy GT and a WRX STi, both of which have tires of a much lower profile than an OB. It makes me wonder how much of our respective experience is due to the size of the tires on our respective cars.
Apr 13, 2005 (1:18 pm)
I've got a strange reception problem with AM radio in my 2003 Forester 2.5X. It started about six months ago and only on AM stations, not FM. Bad interference, until I push back on the seat with my body. Then the reception clears up!
I checked under the seat.. no obvious wire prlblems, contacting metal or springs, etc.
I don't feel like pushing back with my legs and body while driving just so I can get AM stations!
Whazzup with this?
#5058 of 19336 Re: AM Radio Problem [gherman131313]
Apr 13, 2005 (4:06 pm)
That's WEIRD ..... Do you hear a buzz on every AM station all of the time? That could be the alternator, coil, wires or plugs, especially if it varies with engine RPM. 2.5X has no power seats, so you can't be forcing back on a motor that's not shutting off. But, why your body position would make a difference in reception in a car who's reference to the broadcast antenna is forever changing as you drive is a real mystery!
Apr 14, 2005 (6:57 am)
Can anyone advise me?
For the second time in three years my cruise control switch(actuator not main isolation switch) has given up just wont engage. Does anybody have a solution as the service here at my location is pathetic and I would like to try and sort the problem myself.
Cheers to all.
#5060 of 19336 Keyless entry doesn't work and car won't start
Apr 14, 2005 (4:22 pm)
This is my first post. I have a 1998 Subaru Outback and about a year ago started having problems with my keyless entry (lights flashing, doors wouldn't unlock or lock) and I finally figured out that the lights flashing problem could be solved by unlocking or locking the doors with the keyless entry and when the doors wouldn't lock or unlock with the keyless entry, I could fix it by starting the car. Now the keyless entry doesn't work at all (I've tried replacing the battery) and my car won't start if anything electrical is turned on (radio, wipers, heat, etc.) There is only a clicking sound when I try repeatedly to start the car until finally after maybe 20 or 30 tries, the engine turns over. I'm not sure if these two problems are related but it seems the engine problem started when the keyless entry failed to work. I seem to remember I could start the car if I took the key out of the ignition, clicked on the keyless entry, and tried again.
I'm interested in knowing if anyone else has experienced this problem. I'm taking my car into the local Subaru dealership next week but have no confidence in them (they have a bad reputation) and I'm hoping someone can help me figure this problem out before I take the car in so I can advise them what they should be concentrating on. The dealership thinks it's the starter contact and for the keyless remote problem, they'll need to spend hours going over all the electrical connections to find the problem.
Thanks very much for any help you might be able to offer,
#5061 of 19336 Re: Keyless entry doesn't work and car won't start [dbrennan]
Apr 14, 2005 (5:28 pm)
How old is the car battery?
#5062 of 19336 Re: Keyless entry doesn't work and car won't start [hypov]
Apr 14, 2005 (5:33 pm)
Thank you for your response. The battery was replaced between one - two years ago, which is probably when the keyless entry problem started.