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#8514 of 19336 Is it me? or ............
Mar 29, 2001 (8:07 pm)
II have to share this with you. Just received a recall notice from Subaru Canada for my 1997 Outback to do with the alternator. This recall involves 1996 through 1998 Subaru Legacy vehicles and involves the loss of voltage regulation due to a broken brush wire. They want to replace the regulator which is a good thing!
Anyway, I traded in my 97 Outback for a 2000 Outback at the dealer sixteen months ago. On this form, they advise that if you have changed your home address or sold your Subaru, please complete the "change of address" postcard located in your glove box and mail to us.
1 - If I had changed my address, and not notified them, I would not have received the recall notice.
2 - If I had sold the car, which I did, the glove box would not exist in my driveway.
O.K., have I missed something here or is this just an interesting request?
p.s. Ross, I have always considered myself anal retentive, is that better or worse then OCD?
Mar 30, 2001 (6:02 am)
I think a heated garage is OK. The tough stuff comes when you leave the garage, not while in it.
Pat: the 2001 Legacys all got 0.7" bigger front brake discs. I doubt they are interchangeable. Since they have only been out for 6 months, there may not be aftermarket ones yet.
Mar 30, 2001 (6:04 am)
that depends upon you aspirations (ouch - unintentional pun, but I'll keep it). It's a step in the right direction if you think OCD is next to godliness. Perhaps you might want to sign up for the workshop.
#8517 of 19336 Gordon Diamant's Sube-Directory
Mar 30, 2001 (10:22 am)
Pat, this doesn't answer your question but it's a plethora of international Subaru links. Try Mike Shield's site (SPD Technical Info), among others. Let us know which site(s) you find most helpful.
Gordon Diamant's Sube-Directory. Gordon is the man.
Hope this helps.
#8518 of 19336 Outback manual vs. automatic transmissions
Mar 30, 2001 (8:42 pm)
Do people really get that much more power with the manual? How responsive is it? How often have people had to replace it?
#8519 of 19336 When to Start w/Synthetic Oil?
Mar 31, 2001 (7:39 am)
This might be a pretty basic question for this group, but I am not mechanically inclined, and would like to form an opinion based on the concensus of many - not just of one. Please keep my inexperience in mind, as in the future I may ask somewhat dim-witted questions...and oh, by the way I am OCD too!
Here is my first as I just picked up my OWB this past Thursday --
When I picked up my OBW this week I told the Service Manager that I planned on using a synthetic (Mobil 1 or Havoline), beginning at my first oil change.
They recommended that I change oil at 1000, then again at approximately 5K with regular oil -- and not switch to a synthetic until roughly 8 - 10K miles, as to let the egine seals 'seat' appropriately.
Has anyone else heard this logic applied? What are the pros / cons.
My thanks as always in advance.
#8520 of 19336 One more Question - Temp Gauge
Mar 31, 2001 (7:44 am)
I forgot,...just one more post for this weekend (I hope).
One item that I have noticed is that the Outside Temp readout located below the 'Tach' is consistently approximately 5 - 7 degrees warmer than what other temperature signs (from banks, etc.) display. It is not accurate.
Is this normal; do other OWB owners note the same? Should I have the unit replaced at one of my oil changes?
Mar 31, 2001 (7:56 am)
I'd probably agree with the oil - wait a couple of regular changes before switching to synthetic.
Temp gauge: my '00 OB doesn't have this feature. The temp gauges at the banks around here, even ones across the street from each other, vary a few degrees. Having said that, the temp sensor in your OB probably is getting some influence from the heat of the engine. I think it's mounted in one of the fenders, if I remember correctly.
If you're really out to prove it's accuracy, just get a regular temp gauge and place it in the same area as you OB. See if the two match. A cheap plastic outdoor one probably will do, but you may also see some variance in it too.
#8522 of 19336 Synthetic + Temp Display
Mar 31, 2001 (4:30 pm)
I heard to switch at 8 or 10K miles. That is what I did with my trooper. Went over to synthetic and I think it helps.
My temp guage in my XT6 is usually dead on accurate. I have heard from owners of Trooper Limiteds that their temp sensor is located in front of the radiator, and when they are moving it works great, but in stop and go traffic it reads up to 10 degrees higher than the actual. I wouldn't be suprised if engine heat was effecting yours. You can probably re-locate the sensor to a better place for a more accurate reading.
#8523 of 19336 Bank temperature signs
Apr 01, 2001 (6:22 pm)
are chronically inaccurate... would you believe a 10 degree difference between 2 businesses across the street from each other? I think they bake inside those signs.. or in those little white "bird houses" on the roof of the building.
You could always use the infamous "weather rock" glued to the hood... if it's wet, it's raining, etc...