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#6574 of 19283 Re: compact spare [joeb24]
May 10, 2006 (6:46 am)
Generally, the rule is you want to keep the tire circumference within about 1/4" of each other. So you can have only minor differences in tread wear. If you need one new tire with 10k miles on the other 3, you're probably OK. But if you have 40k miles and slash one tire, you'll need to get 4 new ones.
But by 40k, the rubber is drying out and starting to crack anyway.
As for the spare, it's really only for temporary use only, 50 miles max I believe.
Forester up until 2005 had a full size spare, but Subaru uses donuts for everything else. I wish they didn't, but the whole industry is moving in that direction, to save weight and space.
#6575 of 19283 Legacy fuel filling problems
May 11, 2006 (1:46 pm)
I have a Legacy Brighton L wagon '98... and it takes me 30 mins to fill my tank. I have to pump the gas at a slow trickle or the pump backs up and the overfill shuts the pump off. I put hose clamps on the EVAP canister ( I read that here somewhere) no help. It seems to get progressively worse each time I fill up. Please someone with knowelege post a solution. My local Subaru dealer is a know scam artist.
#6576 of 19283 Re: compact spare [ateixeira]
May 11, 2006 (3:32 pm)
Thanks Juice. With regard to the use of the compact spare, the manual says, when you use the compact spare, you must insert a fuse to engage front wheel drive, and disengage AWD (all-wheel-drive), EXCEPT IF YOU HAVE THE 6-CYLINDER ENGINE. Wonder why you don't have to disengage the AWD with the 6-cylinder?
#6577 of 19283 Re: compact spare [joeb24]
May 11, 2006 (3:35 pm)
guessing its because the 6 cyl has VTD?
#6578 of 19283 Re: Door Latch on my 93 Subaru Lgacy is Broken. [jfl]
May 11, 2006 (4:59 pm)
Thanks Jim, That is good advice. As a matter of fact I did find an obscure diagram. The diagram (as you point out) did not help much and I still had the problem of not being able to see the area where I had to work.
I finally broke down and went to the local dealer. I really lucked out by going as the service department was opening up. the service manager started to tell me what I had to do to get at it. it involved taking the window apart which looked and sounded like a nightmare. the next thing I knew, he walked away with out a word and came back with a long screw driver and some other tool that looked like a very large dental probe. he reached into the exposed door had me hold the handle up and viola!! He fixed it without taking anything else apart and did not charge me a penny. With his experience and apparent eyes on his finger tips, he was able to put it back where it belonged. I learned a little bit about car door anatomy, but more importantly I know how not to open the door if I ever lock the keys in the car again.
#6579 of 19283 Re: compact spare [once_for_all]
May 12, 2006 (7:20 am)
Yeah, I think VTD cannot disengage the way auto-AWD can.
gldnhrt: what if you replace the canister? How much does a new one cost? It could be cracked and have an air leak or something.
#6580 of 19283 Engine life of 2.2L on 98 Impreza
May 12, 2006 (1:19 pm)
Hopefully I've finally posted this in the right place. Thanks to pf_flyer for directing me here.
I have a 1998 Imreza L with the 2.2L engine. I was wondering how many miles I can reasonably expect to get out of this engine and drive train. It's been well maintained with the oil being changed every 3k-4k miles since day one, and the belts have been replaced at the suggested intervals. It currently has 127k miles on the engine and seems to be going strong. I've read stories of Subarus exceeeding 200k miles but I am not sure if these are true or just marketing hype. What do you think?
#6581 of 19283 Re: Engine life of 2.2L on 98 Impreza [chuckh]
May 12, 2006 (1:40 pm)
if it is well maintained, then it should be good to go for a while.
If it ever got real hot, there could be potential engine trouble.
If it has been thrashed, it may not last much longer.
You can always do an oil sample and have them check for engine conditions.
#6582 of 19283 Re: Engine life of 2.2L on 98 Impreza [once_for_all]
May 12, 2006 (3:36 pm)
I am over 205K on my '96 OBW w/ 2.5L..... and it has had a tough life as far as I can tell. The 2.2L is supposed to be a much more reliable engine, to the point of "bulletproof" by some accounts. You never can tell what will fail and when, but I think you can reasonably expect 200K out of it, though not maintenance free!
May 12, 2006 (3:48 pm)
With regards to donuts, I was using one on my car about 2 years ago (35K miles), waiting for the rims to come in on my WRX. I hate to say it, but drove 800 miles on a donut and the donut was still useable afterwards, also no damage to the drive-axel or anything else.
In terms of tires, if there is more than 1/4" difference in circumference (about 2-3/10ths tread depth) you can shave the new tire down to where the old tires are. The only people I have heard of doing this are Tire Rack and some performance stores. If your tires are around 4/10s, it is about time to replace them anyway.