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#5840 of 19283 I need help - please!
Oct 28, 2005 (3:37 am)
I have read these boards till I am crosseyed and I can't find the solution to my problem - I see lots of others with the problem though so I am not sure if it is encouraging or not.
In February I had my 2002 Outback Cleaned (engine power washed too - I know big mistake don't remind me) right after I did that ALL my indicator lights came on and the car died within two days. I live overseas so they had to order my part (alternator) - they replaced it - no issues till Sept. I left to go to the states for a month and when I returned the indicator lights came on again - just brake and battery this time. The car died the next day. They ordered ANOTHER alternator and it died in 5 min. So they ordered a third (I am without a car for a month at this point and my husband is deployed to Iraq - what fun). I picked it up yesterday - the car started and THE INDICATOR LIGHTS CAME ON!!! These guys are not Subaru people and I don't have a dealer here - The car is dead again and I am at a loss - so are they. Can anyone tell me if they have figured this problem out?
Thanks for your help.
Oct 28, 2005 (5:43 am)
Is that the sibling to the Hyndai Tuscon or Sante Fe? If so it should be a good car as the Hyndai's appear to be improving to the point of becoming a major player. I am not saying they are quite as refined at this point but they soon may have a good enough reputation to increase their prices to that of Toyota/Nissan/Honda/Subaru and lower their overall warranties. We considered a Tuscon and Sante Fe which are selling very cheap and have a 5/60K bumper to bumper warranty that you can extend to 10 years. You likely can buy a better equipped one with an extended warranty for less money than a Subaru/Toyota etc. without an extended warranty. The big question: Is it worth the aggravation of having a bumper to bumper warranty if you are conatantly in the shop for repairs....dropping the car, getting the dealer to experience the problem etc can all be a drag...I went thru this with my old Mystique. It was a wonderfull car to drive but always in the shop. Most work was warranted but it still was a pain. Still I think Hyndai's might be worth a shot, everyone seems to like them and I have hear very few horror stories. The continue to improve and I have seen no signs of that changing.
Why did we turn away? A new Sante Fe is coming and we did not want to wait (it was suppose to get real big too), gas mileage on the Tuscon I thought was questionable, and finally a great offer on a Forester or Outback in my part of the country. (Plus the wife was surprisingly agreeable to the F or O after wanting a sit-up high SUV)
Oct 28, 2005 (8:20 am)
Nope, the Suzuki doesn't share any parts with Hyundai or Kia.
Perhaps you were thinking of the Reno, which is build in Korean at GM-DAT (formerly Daewoo) and badged as a Suzuki. Daewoo was never related to Hyundai or Kia, though.
rsginn: you must have some sort of electrical short. That's not an easy problem to trace, but I'd have a dealer look at that before replacing another alternator.
#5843 of 19283 Re: I need help - please! [rsginn]
Oct 28, 2005 (10:41 am)
I agree that it must be a short outside of the alternator. Perhaps some water was forced into the fuse panel that is under the hood or some other location? Something sounds most likely corroded, but again, it will be tough to trace the exact point of failure. The best option may be to find a schematic of the wiring system and trace the lines for the alternator's regulator feedback system to start.
#5844 of 19283 Re: I need help - please! [rsginn]
Oct 28, 2005 (11:18 am)
Hi. I just got back from Iraq myself and I understand how hard it can be for you.
Ithink there is a short somewhere in the electrical system and it causes your system to overload and all kinds of problems can come from there. Your car has bunch of plugs attached to engine harness and sensors. If I was working on your car I would disengage all the plugs and air blow inside each of them. After that I would monitor voltage and how battery is getting charged by alternator.
Short isn't easy think to find but not impossible.
#5845 of 19283 Re: I need help - please! [usmc2]
Oct 28, 2005 (11:23 am)
Thanks for the ideas - I have turned it over to the Germans to try and figure it out - they don't make the best cars in the world for nothing! - Welcome home and thanks for your service.
#5846 of 19283 Re: I need help - please! [rsginn]
Oct 28, 2005 (3:27 pm)
Hahah... yes, and considering how unreliable their cars are, they should have plenty of practice with troubleshooting!
#5847 of 19283 Re: I need help - please! [usmc2]
Oct 28, 2005 (5:30 pm)
Yes, welcome home and thanks!
#5848 of 19283 Re: high pitched sound during test drive. [c_hunter]
Oct 29, 2005 (3:26 pm)
Having the same problem with my 06 Forester. Two months old. Took it in for my first oil change noticed a very loud noise in the rear as well as smoke coming from the engine. Called the service dept. and was told just a little oil spill, would burn off soon and noise was normal. Well after a week still smoking and making noise insisted it be checked! -recalled leaking oil filter and only after I had three different techs checked the noise the manager said it was the fuel pump and would replace it!
#5849 of 19283 2005 Outback Handbrack Position Problem
Oct 29, 2005 (8:33 pm)
I'm VERY interested in the '05 Outback 3.0R Sedan, but the handbrake digs into my leg when I'm driving. I'm sure I'm not the fist person to notice this problem. Does anyone know of any modifications that can be performed to move it about an inch to the right?
At the dealer, we looked at the whole handbrake assembly, and it seems like the whole thing is set up at an angle. I wonder why Subaru did this? Such a shame to ruin such a wonderful car. Any help or advice would be very much appreciated.