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#6839 of 19336 Re: PLEASE HELP ME! [heatherashley]
Jul 22, 2006 (5:59 pm)
I don't know anything about the Subaru Legacy, especially not from 1995, so I tried finding any kind of illustration of the fuel tank. I didn't have any luck in my quick search, however, I saw this paragraph mentioning the sending unit at:
drivewire fuel pumps.
Summed up, it says it might be found from under the back seat or trunk. And I saw one at ebay. Looks like you might be able to get to the wiring connector at least and give that a check for looseness or any other problem.
They apparently cost around $37 at rockauto.com, for the kind I saw there anyway, but replacing it yourself (or Dad) might be trouble if you had to remove the gas tank or other such difficulties.
Maybe it wouldn't cost a whole lot to have done. I've never had one changed on any of my cars/trucks, only changed one out on a pontoon boat once and that's very different.
Good luck with that.
BTW, I use the trip odometer alot, too, mainly from keeping track of mileage. I just didn't think other people did as much as was said here. Still, it's nice to have a working gauge!
#6840 of 19336 Re: PLEASE HELP ME! [jfl]
Jul 22, 2006 (7:01 pm)
don't let it go to your head ...
Jul 23, 2006 (7:08 pm)
thanks so much for all your help! cars, they are such a pain but we need them more than anything!!
#6842 of 19336 Starter issues
Jul 24, 2006 (6:16 am)
Anyone out there have experience with replacing the starter on a 98 Outback Automatic? Mine is getting flaky and probably needs replacement fairly soon.
Looking it over in my Haynes manual, it doesn't seem too bad. Maybe a little tough getting to the mounting bolts from what I can see.
I investigated some prices from various online sources and get various price quotes. Maybe I will just have to burn some subie-bucks at the dealer to ensure I get the right part.
Any thoughts or experiences out there? (xwesx ???? you out there???)
98 OBW Ltd Auto w/119,500 miles
#6843 of 19336 Please Help Me
Jul 24, 2006 (11:01 am)
I too use my trip odometer to calculate when to refuel in my '96 OBW, but I suggest that it be done at around 200 miles. I do not like to go below 1/4 of a tank because there may be sediment at the bottom of the tank which could possibly affect the fuel pump etc.(especially in older vehicles). I may be wrong on this and overly cautious; if anyone has additional information concerning this feel free to comment.
#6844 of 19336 Re: Starter issues [amsbear]
Jul 24, 2006 (11:46 am)
After a week hiatus, I am back and as troublesome as ever.
Of all the starters I have replaced, this one is the easiest. Located on the top right rear of the engine, it is easily accessible save for the myriad of hoses and cables through which you will need to snake your hands and the unit upon removal/installation. There is one bolt on the top of the unit that affixes both the starter and the transaxle housing to the engine, then another bolt on the bottom that you will likely need to access from below. That one is a bit of a pain as you find it more by feel than sight, but it is not too difficult to get a wrench on it and it tends to snap free with relative ease (emphasis, mind you, on relative). Take the bottom bolt out FIRST to make the process simple on yourself. You should afford yourself enough room just by driving it up on ramps prior to the work.
Good luck, and be sure to get that negative battery terminal cranked down well....
I'm at 210.5K now and still counting....
#6845 of 19336 Re: Please Help Me [ebony5]
Jul 24, 2006 (11:53 am)
I hear this often as well but have never been affected by pump problems. I typically put between 11.5 and (rarely) 14.5 in my '96. It will "run out" at 15.2 with the 16 gallon tank and I have only had that happen once when I stupidly relied on past experience to dictate the current situation (the, "I always make this trip on one tank" argument). Depending on the time of year, the mileage is 180 to 350. At consistent -30F temps in January, city driving for 180 miles will net me a 12-gallon fillup. At 80F in July, highway driving for 350 miles will net me a 14.5ish-gallon fillup. I typically use 250 as my marker. If I see the trip guage at that, I know it is about that time.
#6846 of 19336 Re: Hello, just another question please. [jfl]
Jul 24, 2006 (2:23 pm)
Hello, thanks for the responses.
Ummmm, silly question but by gear oil do you mean transmission fluid or something else ?
I do know that I am very good with following the proper Subaru maintenance schedules and everything except for 2 oil changes were done at the dealership.
One thing that just occured to me is that at 24K a couple of transmission bearings were replaced under warranty but I don't recall any significant changes after this was done.
I don't think this would be related (?)
#6847 of 19336 Re: Hello, just another question please. [goose2112]
Jul 24, 2006 (7:41 pm)
For a manual tranny: the gearbox and front diffy share the oil. From memory it's like 75w-90 gear oil (check the manual). Preferably without slip additives. The slip additives make the synchros less efficient.
For an auto tranny: use automatic transmission fluid in the tranny. The front diffy takes gear oil (completely separate fill and drain ports from the tranny) use the same gear oil as in the rear diffy.
I should have clarified whether you had a manual or auto tranny.
#6848 of 19336 '05 Forester - Mushy Brakes
Jul 25, 2006 (4:22 am)
My wife drives an '05 Forester and I occassionally drive when we are both in her car on weekends. I drive an '06 Nissan Maxima.
I've complained to her several times that her brakes are mushy and that there seems to be little engagement unless pressed nearly all the way down. When brake engagement does occur, it seems to be abrupt rather than gradual. I've criticized her braking a being jerky in the past but am starting to wonder if it's her brakes and not her.
She said she's asked the dealer to look at them twice and that they said there is nothing wrong and that's just the way Subarus are set up. Sounds like a cop-out to me, any thoughts or similar experiences?