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#6266 of 19336 Re: 2002 Alpine security system help
Feb 17, 2006 (6:18 pm)
I have a 2002 Subaru forester, I had the dealer do a headgasket replacement and ever since I got the car back I noticed the security light flashes on the dashboard a little faster then it did before the service. I know the vehicle was off battery power for some time probably, but it used to flash after arming it once every few seconds maybe (maybe 2 seconds), but now as soon as the vehicle is shut off its flashes two times .. pause... two flashes, I also noticed that when the security is armed I can unlock the door and open it and the alarm doesnt go off like it used to when I first got the car. How do I turn the security system back on, the valet mode beeps and all that work I just dont believe the system is on for alarm?
#6268 of 19336 Turbo Pressure leak
Feb 18, 2006 (12:53 pm)
Figures, after I post about how great my WRX has been over the past 78K miles, I bring my car in for an alignment, and find out that there is a turbo pressure leak. My turbo gage has only been going up to 0.5 pa at full boost, as opposed to 1.0 pa. According to one of the mechanics, it is common for the uppipe to become a little loose over time. Otherwise, the car is great. Any suggestions or comments?
#6269 of 19336 Coolant Resovoire
Feb 18, 2006 (2:05 pm)
Just went to check my oil and noticed that the coolant resovoire is very low about at the line near the bottom (3")from the bottom of the container. I am concerned about what could cause this, whether I can use the vehicle. I am scheduled to go about 100 miles on Monday. The mechanic where I have my car serviced has on more than one occasion said that ONLY Subaru Coolant should be used in my '96 OBW.that any other brand would, for some reason, have dire consequences. Why do these things always seem to happen on long Holiday weekends . I guess it could be worse and I may not have noticed the situation. I had the oil changed and the fluids checked about 2 weeks ago. I am wondering whether I can just add some high quality coolant to the resoivoir and go out of town on Monday (which is work related) or not drive the car and take it in first thing Monday morning and try to reschedule the work. Any suggestions and comments would be greatly appreciated
#6270 of 19336 Re: Coolant Resovoire [ebony5]
Feb 18, 2006 (7:50 pm)
In recent years most of the car makers have become very particular about fluids, particularly coolant & ATF. For that reason, I have been dumping my older stock of Prestone, and recently got the coolant changed on both my OBW and Honda Ody at their respective dealers. Prestone's latest formula claims to be 100% compatible with all makers requirements for corrosion/oxidation/electrochemical reactions between block/head metals, and gasket materials. My feeling is hit Walmart in the morning, and get the latest formula. Plus, the minimal amount you will be adding to the bottle (a pint, maybe) is trivial compared to the total volume of the system.
Of course, the real question is where did it go? With the DOHC engine, it is usually an internal HG leak, so watch that temp gauge carefully for signs of trouble.
#6271 of 19336 Coolant/head gasket continued
Feb 19, 2006 (5:01 am)
I have not as yet had any overheating but,if in fact it is the much mentioned dreaded head gasket situation should I drive the car to the service facility which is about 10 miles from my home or have it towed. Basically how much more damage is being done by continuing to drive the car, even to pick up the above mentioned Prestone, about 5 miles round trip to the auto parts store or to take in to be looked at on Monday.
Can one hear or feel when the gasket goes I thought I heard an umfamiliar sound come from the engine yesterday which I mentioned to my friend at the time.
#6272 of 19336 Re: Steering Wheel [ebony5]
Feb 19, 2006 (6:50 am)
I called Town on Saturday and got an update. Their Hunter Douglas alignment machine needs to be replaced. They don't seem to be in much of a rush to do this but I can't see how they can go on like this. The cost for a new one is $37,000 and they seem to be choking on the dollar amount. I'm very disappointed in them. They are penny wise and pound foolish. I am going to call Subaru, take my car elsewhere and have it done right. They wasted my time and money.
#6273 of 19336 Steering Wheel
Feb 19, 2006 (8:19 am)
Thanks-sorry to hear this, one would think with the cars they sell they would provide top flight service. Unfortunately I think I have a more important issue possibly a head gasket disaster to deal with (and I just had the car serviced). I will mention the steering wheel situation when I go there tomorrow. If Flemington,N.J. were not so far away I would go there; I have read good things about them in these forums. Where are you going to take it? Anybody know anything about Smith-Cairns Service around Yonkers? We may have to arrange to have coffee together at a rest stop on the N.J.Turnpike; perhaps we would be better served with less hot buns/coffee and a changed attitude concerning wheel alignment.
#6274 of 19336 Re: Steering Wheel [ebony5]
Feb 19, 2006 (5:28 pm)
You may want to try Kolb Subaru in Orangeburg, NY. They aren't that far away from Town. Exit 5N on the PIP. We bought our last 2 Subarus there and we've been happy with their service dept. as well. Plus, all they sell are Subarus, so all their mechanics are Subaru mechanics. Best of luck!
#6275 of 19336 Re: Turbo Pressure leak [kevin111]
Feb 20, 2006 (6:27 am)
It is common for various fittings to become loose after a while. The pipes going to and from the intercooler, up-pipe and downpipe, etc.
You didn't notice any seat-of-the-pants difference with only 6.5psi of boost instead of 13?