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#6926 of 19336 Re: 2001 Forester - Running Hot [starrman]
Aug 16, 2006 (6:05 pm)
Your "service advisor" must be new to Subaru. '00-'02 headgasket problems aren't unusual. I'm dealing w/Subaru right now with leaking left gasket. I'd rather fix this than sell it, and if Subaru will help me they are golden in my eyes, but I think there should have been a replacement recall. Head gaskets should last more than 104,000 miles in my case. My leak is internal. The recall and extended warranty (if recall is performed) covers external leaks to 100,000 miles.
Best of luck to you!
#6927 of 19336 Re: 2001 Forester - Running Hot [dsain]
Aug 17, 2006 (5:50 am)
more like '96-up!
the problem still happens on '03s, it just remains to be seen whether they've actually improved the design or most '03s don't have enough miles yet to start really seeing the problem.
#6928 of 19336 Re: 94 Legacy bucks while driving, also suspicious clicking noise [u_r_a_bu
Aug 17, 2006 (7:48 am)
Len, Colin, thank you for your help. I replaced the plugs and fuel filter. While driving home last night i began to wonder if it was related to my defroster. I think this is where the suspicious clicking comes in. I turned the defrost off and the problem went away. Upon further testing when i got home, the problem occurs when the defrost or a/c are on. It looks like both of these use the compressor. When either is turned on, i get a strange clicking in the fuse box and the compressor does some funny stuff. Does this sound electrical or should i have the compressor replaced? If is the compressor, is that a simple job, or one better left for the mechanics? Thanks again,
#6929 of 19336 Re: 2001 Forester - Running Hot [locke2c]
Aug 17, 2006 (2:07 pm)
True, friend of mine replaced his in his '98 a year ago, and soon they '03s will have enough milage to know if the trend still plagues us. The P/N for the gasket set changed at one point, so I assume Subaru, in their infinite wisdom, decided to redesign them so they might last longer. That should warrant a free head gasket upgrade for all owners.
#6930 of 19336 Re: Legacy Wagon experiencing shock shifting [jfl]
Aug 17, 2006 (5:33 pm)
Thanks for the advice. That's the one thing (besides replacing the computer) that i haven't tried yet. I'll give it a try this weekend. Thanks
#6931 of 19336 Re: Legacy Wagon experiencing shock shifting [dsain]
Aug 17, 2006 (5:44 pm)
Thanks for your expertise. We did have the trans fluid changed about 6 months ago but the problem did not go away. Forgive my ignorance, but when you say TCU are you referring to the computer? Is there a computer that controls the vehicle shifting? Can you explain a little further what you mean by the 2-4 brake? Thanks for taking the time to help.
#6932 of 19336 Re: Legacy Wagon experiencing shock shifting [xwesx]
Aug 17, 2006 (5:52 pm)
Thanks for the reply. You are right about the A/T temp light coming on for reasons other than fluid temp. According to the trans shop that is suggesting a computer problem, they monitored the fluid temp and found it to be normal.
#6933 of 19336 2000 Forester Door Locks Cycling While Driving
Aug 18, 2006 (1:24 pm)
Over the last month or two the door locks on my 2000 Forester will keep clicking open even when I'm driving or after the car has been turned off. The security system was factory installed in 2000 and I haven't had anything changed that would seem to have caused this problem. Has anyone else experienced this problem? I took it to my local Subaru dealership and they couldn't find anything wrong. I'm going back there next week to give them another shot at it since allowing my doors to be unlocked at random times isn't very safe. Any help would be appreciated!
#6934 of 19336 Re: 2000 Forester Door Locks Cycling While Driving [lcox]
Aug 18, 2006 (2:11 pm)
I had the same problem with my 2001 Forester about 2 years ago. The dealer changed the battery on the remote and that solved the problem. You might want to try leaving the remote at home and then taking a drive to see if that solves the problem.
I hope this helps.
#6935 of 19336 Re: Legacy Wagon experiencing shock shifting [mtyler1]
Aug 18, 2006 (8:56 pm)
Yes, the TCU is the Transmission Control Unit. It monitors throttle position via the Throttle Position Sensor (probably recieves this signal from the ECU), and speed to determine when to shift. The 2-4 brake is an internal part in the trans. I read through the operation (Subaru Service Manual) and saw it's common to all the shifting ranges you are talking about.
Good luck, and hopefully it's a simple computer problem.