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#7023 of 19336 Inconsistent CEL
Sep 11, 2006 (11:17 am)
I have a 1999 Subaru Forester that I bought 3 months ago. It's been running excellent until a week ago when the check engine light started coming on. The light comes on for a day or so then goes off for a day or so. I've checked all fluid levels, gas cap etc but can't find anything wrong and the car seems to be running normally in every other way.
The only other thing is that I had a friend look at the car a week ago and he found that one of the spark plugs had popped out (the rubber part that snaps in) and there was a bit of moisture around the plug. We dried it off and snapped it back in. I've been checking and it's still snapped in place properly so don't know if that has anything to do with it.
Is this something potentially serious that I need to get looked at right away or...? Anyone have any insight?
#7024 of 19336 Re: Inconsistent CEL [mevans]
Sep 11, 2006 (11:29 am)
Well, given the plug wires were loose they're probably worn and need to be replaced. Keep in mind they are 7 years old now, and it is a wear-and-tear item.
Access is a bit tough, but go ahead and change the tires and the spark plugs while you're at it, unless they're new. In fact, since the boot was loose, who knows what debris got in there, I'd change the plugs regardless.
It would help to know the code, do you have a reader? I bet it's registering a misfire.
I bought a code and that's what mine was. It ended up being - get this - a chipmunk had chewed on my spark plug wires! A new set, plus new plugs, cleared it up. I actually replaced the ignition coil as well, about $80 from an on-line Subaru OE parts wholesaler.
PS Get the grease that helps estalish a good connection and keeps the area water-free. Also use the thread lock stuff on the new plugs.
#7025 of 19336 Re: Inconsistent CEL [ateixeira]
Sep 11, 2006 (12:06 pm)
Did you mean to say 'anti-seize' instead of thread lock? That's what I've always used myself and heard from others.
#7026 of 19336 Re: Inconsistent CEL [ateixeira]
Sep 11, 2006 (4:29 pm)
In addition to changing the tires, I'd also change the wires!
#7027 of 19336 Re: Inconsistent CEL [just_phil]
Sep 11, 2006 (6:12 pm)
I hope he meant anti-seize!!! I would not put Loctite on there for sure!! (OK maybe as a joke on someone)
#7028 of 19336 Re: Inconsistent CEL [c_hunter]
Sep 11, 2006 (7:22 pm)
juice is not having a good day! First the twenty-something empty nester (on another thread) and now the tires & loc-tite.
juice, get some rest!
The grease he was referring to is dielectric grease. Apply it around the ID of the spark plug boot. It will make removing the boot much easier the next time you change plugs.
#7029 of 19336 Re: Inconsistent CEL [jfl]
Sep 12, 2006 (9:37 am)
Yeah, dielectric grease on the boot plug, anti-seize on the spark plugs. I need more sleep.
#7030 of 19336 Re: Inconsistent CEL [ateixeira]
Sep 12, 2006 (10:36 am)
...and wires on the tires!
#7031 of 19336 Sunroof problems on Forester XT
Sep 14, 2006 (8:53 am)
I have a 2004 Subaru Forester XT. I purchased it pre-owned back in April of this year, and it came with 56,000 miles on it. I've added an additional 10,000 on it so far (finally have a reliable car that can take me on a road trip or two). Recently the sunroof, which I love, started acting up. Two things have occurred: It either does not respond at all to the pushing of the button to open or close it, or: When I do attempt to close it, it gets close to the end of the track and then bounces back open, as if someone's arm is caught up there or some debris is in the track. I believe it's the "pinch protector" that it unnecessarily activating.
My car has been to the dealer once, where they supposedly cleaned the track and adjusted the wind deflector. The problem occurred again within a half-hour of leaving the dealership. Today it is back at the dealer, and I was told that the motor would need to be replaced, because the pinch protector sensor is part of the motor and there is no other way to resolve the problem.
Do I have any other options? Subaru is going to charge me $546 for parts and labor. Isn't it odd that the sunroof motor would go bad after only two and a half years? Thank you for any help you can provide.
#7032 of 19336 Forester sunroof
Sep 14, 2006 (10:24 am)
I had a Forester for 5 years, and the only serious problem it had was the sunroof lowering 1/8" under its trail. My dealership, even out if warranty, found the problem so bizarre that they covered everything, sending the invoice to Subaru for them to repay. Try with the dealership, at least for the labor.