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Nov 14, 2005 (5:51 am)
my check engine light has been coming on and off - mechanic says it is the knock sensor and a dealership can reset it. Anyone have an idea of what it costs and how long it takes? it is a subaru 2001 legacy sedan with 38K miles
ps: do they have to replace the actual part or can the code just be reset to fix the problem? Dealership says it is $180 to replace part and would take 1 1/2 hours, but I was under the impression from the mechanic that it was simpler than this to fix. any advice to help me not get ripped off would be appreciated.
#5921 of 19336 Burning/chemical smell in 05 FXT?
Nov 14, 2005 (6:57 am)
I bought my 05 FXT about a year ago after spending some time on this board. Haven't had any problems, so I haven't really been back! But lately I've noticed a wierd smell...sort of like a burning chemical? Some days worse than others....occasionally I think I can smell it in my car. I have smelled it with the windows open, but mostly at home when I pull it in the garage. Once I put my face down by the hood to smell...it was quite toxic smelling, and also hurt my eyes. Local mechanic says it smells like an antifreeze leak and I should run it up to the dealer. But dealer is an hour away and I have to sit there for hours to wait for service... I want to be informed before I arrive. Any thoughts?? How urgent is this? Or is it nothing??? TIA!!!
#5922 of 19336 Re: Coolant reservoir question [asa]
Nov 14, 2005 (7:10 am)
I had this done back in July on my 2004 Forester not sure is this would have anything to do with yours. I had not noticed any issues but they saw a very small leak at time of service. Good Luck
Warranty Thermostat Housing Gasket
#5923 of 19336 Re: knock sensor [astro2005]
Nov 14, 2005 (8:13 am)
I had the same problem with my 2001 Ltd OBW at 60K miles (CEL came on under hard load and the engine would hesitate). I reset the CEL by yanking the battery cable on a couple of occassions. That wasn't a permanent fix. I took it in, the code was for a bad knock sensor and bad cat converter, it cost about $290 for parts and labor (fortunatley the converted was still under warranty). The car drives much better with the fix.
#5924 of 19336 Re: Help with my Legacy [karlnic]
Nov 14, 2005 (8:48 am)
Thanks for the reply. Luckily, when I found the car, I paid less than it was worth, and 1 year and 18k later, it still sells for a few thousand more than I paid for it.
Problem solved, however, it was the windshield.
It had been replaced just days b4 the noise started. There were 2 air leaks. Since this co. had put 2 windshields in w/i 2 weeks b/c of their error, I kindly asked for the $ back and took it elsewhere.
#5925 of 19336 Re: Burning/chemical smell in 05 FXT? [4mygrey]
Nov 14, 2005 (8:48 am)
Strange...people usually complain about that type of smell early on, but it actually fades. That's when any undercoating overspray burns off the exhaust.
Are all the fluid levels OK?
#5926 of 19336 Re: Burning/chemical smell in 05 FXT? [4mygrey]
Nov 14, 2005 (8:54 am)
is it an MT?
The only burning chemical smell I have had was when I was plowing through loose sand for 1000'.
My suspicion was the center diff (viscuous hydraulic coupling). I have not smelled it since.
Have you checked your tire pressures lately? Any unusual wear on one or more? Is the treadwear similar?
#5927 of 19336 Burning smell of a different type.....
Nov 14, 2005 (9:12 am)
A long while back on these boards was a discussion about a burning smell people were getting in their 4EAT cars during the winter, especially after driving in snowy and slippery conditions. There were some theories floated that it could be the center diff getting hot.
I haven't really noticed the smell on my 04XT, but was wondering if that could have contributed to the sorry state of my transmission fluid? I just had it changed at 27K because it was brown and smelled burnt.
The car doesn't get abused, but the last two winters in New England have been pretty rotten, and the car's seen more than its fair share of awful road conditions.
I've put 1000 miles on it since the change and the fluid is still fresh.
#5928 of 19336 Re: Burning smell of a different type..... [lfdal]
Nov 14, 2005 (10:45 am)
Larry -- the winter/AWD smell on the 4EAT comes from the clutch pack in the center diff (which varies the amount of power going front/rear).
#5929 of 19336 Re: 93 legacy wagon [swlegacy]
Nov 14, 2005 (11:00 am)
A little FYI...My grandmother has a 95 wagon with 73,000 miles and the dealership wants another $4,800 to replace the transmission for the second time. First time it was replaced was 2 1/2 years (15,000 miles) ago. They won't cover any portion of the repair. Casr is only worth about $5,000. She is so upset about the idea of parting with the car, but I think it is time....