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#6733 of 19283 Freon noise new 2006 Impreza?
Jun 23, 2006 (8:28 pm)
Purchased new 2006 Impreza first part of May and now have about 2000 miles on it. We were barely off the sales lot after delivery when we heard a !!totally!! annoying noise closest approximation sounds like combination screech/whistle/squeal which can last up to 4 seconds or so at all speeds usually around 1900-2500rpm. After four trips to dealer (three just to identify the noise), the air conditioner compressor was replaced, only to have it reoccur immediately upon leaving lot. Shop foreman and I took another new Impreza off lot and what do you know, same noise. Prime theory at this point is we are hearing the high pressure noise of freon going thru the line. We have also clearly determined the noise can be cycled off and on by turning off the air conditioner or defrost. We have filed a formal complaint with Subaru, but I am not too hopeful of any quick solution. Has anyone else experienced this noise, or have any thoughts on mitigating it short of a seriously improved sound system playing very loud music at all times?
#6734 of 19283 Re: acceleration lag [locke2c]
Jun 24, 2006 (7:48 am)
You seem to know a lot about Subaru Clutches. Maybe you can answer this. I tow a pop up and was wondering if I could get a heavier duty clutch for my 2004 manual X Forester than OEM?
I am within parameters for towing but if I have to change the clutch (and I will soon)I might as well go big... so to speak.
#6735 of 19283 Do I Need to Replace My Tires?...and all four? (Legacy L Sedan)
Jun 24, 2006 (6:01 pm)
At what mileague will the tires normally need to be replaced?
My Subaru Legacy L 2002 has only about 34,000 miles on it. A couple of days ago, I found my parked car at the end of the day with a flat front driver side tire. I drove to a gas station nearby and fill up the tire.
Yesterday the tire looks fine, but this morning the air was visibly low. So I took it to a tire shop. The sales guy told me that the tires cracked and probably is slowly leaking (this is just a visual inspection). He tried to sell me some expensive tires and told me that because it's AWD, I need to replace all of them.
I plan to take the car to the dealer (where I have it serviced) for a second opinion on Monday. But I am planning to buy the new tires from Sam's Club. Can you recommend which kind of tires I should buy? I live in the upper Midwest with quite a bit of snow, but flat serface.. mostly freeway.
#6736 of 19283 Re: Do I Need to Replace My Tires?...and all four? (Legacy L Sedan) [mayc]
Jun 24, 2006 (8:50 pm)
the mileage depends a lot on how you drive/brake.
you need no more than a 1/4inch difference in circumference between the tires or there is a potential to mess up the AWD differential, at 30K you may well want to replace all 4
since you get snow, splash out on a set of Nokian WRs, it has the winter snow traction rating but can be used in the summer without losing all its tread. I use its predecessor the NRW as my winter tires on a 98 Legacy GT and the WR all year round on a Windstar (which has had 30000miles on these tires and still has 4mm tread on the most worn ones - about 5/32 inch (they have tread wear numbers in the tread)
Sams occasionally have great deals on certain tires. check whats happening locally. spmetimes you can get a much better higher speed rated tire for less than the usual price of a much lower rating tire.
#6737 of 19283 Re: Do I Need to Replace My Tires?...and all four? (Legacy L Sedan) [mayc]
Jun 25, 2006 (6:50 am)
I managed 36K out of the original tires on my 2002 Outback Wagon, then replaced them with a set of Nokian WR tires also, and now have them on all our cars. My regular commute is 100/miles day on Taconic Parkway in NY, prone to black ice, heavy snow, flooding rain, and 80mph commuters at all other times. We also run Nokian WR year round on my daughters Mazda3 which she drives back and forth between NY and Springfield, MO for school. I've gotten 52K out of a set on a Pathfinder, now have 40K on the Nokians on my Outback, think I'll get about 4-5K more before I have to replace them. I agree, they are a great tire, and for me have been stable in all weather at all speeds.
#6738 of 19283 Re: Do I Need to Replace My Tires?...and all four? (Legacy L Sedan) [cptplt]
Jun 25, 2006 (8:04 am)
Thank you for your advice. I am clueless about how to choose appropriate tires. Can you (or anyone here) recommend a good website where I can get some primer on this?
I live in Wisconsin and get a fair amount of snow. But I only drive less than 10 miles each way to work, on a nicely paved suburban road or free way... so I don't know if Nokian WRs would be an overkill or not.
#6739 of 19283 2006 Legacy problem - help?
Jun 25, 2006 (5:41 pm)
Hi all - hope you can help. I have a 2006 Legacy sedan, 2.5i SE. Love the car, except for one major annoyance that is killing me. The front doors/windows are rattling/vibrating. I will be as precise as possible in desribing it:
Driving down the road, windows fully UP, there is a light to medium vibration in the door or window. Pressing on the top of the door panel (the black part of my two tone doors) stops the rattle. Lower the window not even an inch, noise is gone. Its a vibrating noise, sometimes a rattle. Had the dealer take off the door panels, add some insulation and grease, behind the spot that you press to make the noise stop. Didn't work. Its both front doors. It is not the typical wind noise from the mirror gussets.
What could this be? To me, since it only happens with windows all the way up, it makes me wonder if the windows go up too high or something? Seriously, the noise stops if you lower the window just a smidge. Almost just enough to the point where air and or water still wouldn't get in past the rubber seals on the body of the car.
Dealer is annoyed with me, I am annoyed with the car, and on my last legs here. Anyone have the same experience? Get it fixed successfully? I have tried posting on a Legacy specific site, but no one has the problem, or they do any they don't care about it. I will admit, I like my cars not to rattle when they only have 2000 miles on them. I know others expect rattles in cars with framless windows...but I really don't think I am asking too much for them to be quiet for at least awhile....
Thanks for any advice/feedback you could give! I can't believe I am the only one out there with this problem, but I guess its possible.
#6740 of 19283 re: my last message about window/door noises...
Jun 25, 2006 (5:42 pm)
Should I cross post this in the Legacy specific board here on Edmunds, or is that a no-no?
#6741 of 19283 Re: clutch for Forester X towing [kavoom]
Jun 26, 2006 (6:38 am)
Yes, you can install a heavy-duty clutch. I would get a stronger pressure plate but keep the stock disc, or use an aftermarket disc that is also organic material. You must keep a full-face clutch disc; don't install a racing puck clutch as those are impossible to modulate for towing.
I can't recommend something specific however, since I haven't been a Subaru owner for some years now.
#6742 of 19283 Rear hatch speakers
Jun 26, 2006 (8:09 am)
My 2001 Outback Limited has two 'speaker looking' built-ins along the rear hatch panel. Are they actual speakers or just for show? I tailgated this weekend and didn't hear anything out of them.