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#6126 of 19336 Catching up....
Jan 12, 2006 (11:51 am)
Cruise cost me a couple hundred to install at the dealer, so it should not cost more than that to fix yours. It might be costly to diagnose, so you might consider just replacing parts rather than spending a lot of time diagnosing it.
Bearings - only an issue up to the '02 models, in '03 they switched to the Legacy's design and problems basically vanished. The gasket issue was addressed about the same time, mid-year 2002 models it seems.
Cross bars - stick with the OE ones. They're more quiet, and Yakima sells clamps thru Subaru dealers so all their stuff bolts right on.
Ignition lock - I suspect the same thing, make sure it's in Park and move the wheel left and right, it should wiggle in to place.
#6127 of 19336 Re: Having problems starting the car [dsd860]
Jan 13, 2006 (8:29 am)
"She says she has had this problem before and that it just seems to fix itself if she returns an hour later."
I'd bet that when your sister enters the car, she is yanking on the steering wheel to pull herself in. I've done this on occasion and sometimes when I do so, the key won't turn. And when she exited the car, she yanked it the other way.
As others have said, turn the steering wheel an inch or two one way or the other and the key will work. She will find that the steering wheel will be able to move in only one direction.
#6128 of 19336 Re: '99 Forester L won't go into DRIVE [starkjim]
Jan 15, 2006 (7:53 am)
my 99 auto trans does the same thing. I have taken it to the dealer 3 times and private 2 times and other than tearing the transmission apart they cannot identify the problem. Please let me know if you figure it out. This has been going on for over two years and I'm afraid the trans is just going to give up one day. We changed the fluid and front filter in the trans. They said the linkage looked fine. Let me know if you come up with anything. I love the car but want to get rid of it due to this problem.
Jan 15, 2006 (1:27 pm)
Hi Gang. Its been quite a while since I have visited the board. Guess thats the good news since my 01 GT wagon has been problem free for some time.
But with all the rain we have had here in No Cal I have a leak problem with the tailgate. Seems like water is getting in somewhere around the center fake tailight bar (contains the BU lights) below the rear window. The water collects inside the tailgate and then drips though the interior trim panel. I checked the drain holes on the gate and they were clear.
Is there a sealant around that red plastic piece? Could it be compromised? I did let the Legacy roll out of my driveway 1.5 years ago and tag my neighbor's PU. The tailgate was open and slammed down against the truck but no visible damage to it.
It isn't leaking through the tailgate seal as far as I can tell. Even when I dribble water on the edge of the light bar or key hole it gets right in there.
BTW - only damage to the Legacy was the bumper at $1k. New Chevy PU had $7k damage. heh.
#6130 of 19336 Re: Tailgate leak [originalbitman]
Jan 15, 2006 (3:47 pm)
Hey, bit. Long time. I do remember that whuppin' your Sube put on that Chevy...!
My wife's 2003 Outback had a similar leak. It would drip down from the rear tailgate trim when you opened the tailgate. It was under warranty at the time, and the dealer replaced the left taillight lens assembly. It hasn't leaked since (knocking on wood).
Hope this helps.
Jan 15, 2006 (4:34 pm)
Thanks Len -
I'm curious as to how the tailight change made a difference since it is outside the seal of the tailgate... in the fender and not the tailgate. That said, it was my right tailight that was replaced (thought it might have been damaged) and that is the side I get the leak.
#6132 of 19336 Re: Tailgate leak [originalbitman]
Jan 15, 2006 (5:15 pm)
I bet the seal gasket around the light bar is leaking. They normally use a foam gasket, which compresses and can shrink over time (especially in cold weather) and open up gaps. This has happened to me on other cars, and I just removed the light, caulked both sides of the gasket in the leaky area, and re-assembled. You can usually see the leaky spot by looking for signs of dried water/dirt or dribbles. If it's leaking in too many spots, I would see if you can buy a new gasket.
#6133 of 19336 Lug Nuts and Bolts
Jan 15, 2006 (6:28 pm)
Anyone having problems with rear lug nuts shearing and falling off while driving? Our car is a 2000, 5-speed Forester S with 56k. New Yokohama Geolanders installed in June of 05' by well known tire franchise. Do not like power wrenches used to reinstall lug nuts but am leaning towards that being the culprit. Checked for recalls on bad batch of lug bolts couldn't find anything. Tire installer says "not my problem". Looks like (if were lucky I can get there) a trip to dealer. Any help? Guesses on cost (two bolts sheared same tire did not hit pothole). Thanks !
#6134 of 19336 Re: Lug Nuts and Bolts [ghost2]
Jan 15, 2006 (7:24 pm)
I agree that the bolts were probably overtightened. Either you or the dealer can bang out the old studs and install new ones. Sine you have an 00 S, you have rear drums, right?? I am not sure how that affects the repair -- I am only familiar with fixing it on cars with discs (which is easy).
#6135 of 19336 Available Aftermarket Nav/Sat For '04 Forester???
Jan 16, 2006 (5:45 am)
I have a 04 Forester XT. I would like to replace the entire radio/6cd player that came with the car with a integrated NavSat XM & Ipod capable unit. Does anyone know any company that has such a unit (preferably with at least single disc CD) that will fit right into the "hole" that the stock 6CD unit fits in?
Greatly appreciate any help.