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#9061 of 10838 Re: 05 Legacy brakes [kat95]
Jun 16, 2006 (7:42 am)
Pretty much every Subaru since the 1999 model year has used a dual-stage brake booster which I believe they are doing to reduce pedal effort. Unfortunately, it also reduces feel, especially in the initial pedal travel which feels squishy.
What can you do? Not much. A little bit of the squishy feeling is the rubber brake lines from the caliper to the chassis of the car. You can replace those with braided steel lines and it will help a little bit. I did that years ago on my (now long gone) '99 Impreza RS.
BTW, I agree that the pedal feel is a little nasty but it can go the other way too-- most late model BMWs I've driven have extremely touchy and overboosted brakes. I want to apply at least 40lb of force for max-effort braking, not 10lb. And I don't want half braking at 5lb of force, I just want to gently apply them.
Hope this helps. Your brakes are probably working fine, it's just that they weren't built to feel like the other vehicles you drove and you don't like it. Perfectly understandable.
#9062 of 10838 Re: 05 Legacy brakes [mountnman4u]
Jun 16, 2006 (9:23 am)
I too replaced my OEM Bridgestone RE-92s at 5,000 miles on my 2005 OBXT Wagon for Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires. Braking and handling improved vastly, no more hydroplaning. Just a thought.
#9063 of 10838 Re: 05 Legacy brakes [locke2c]
Jun 16, 2006 (3:43 pm)
I feel it mostly while waiting at a stop light,foot will be on the brake and then it starts to travel a bit and I push on the brake harder to keep the car from moving. Since
I have experienced this with both Subaru's brand new,not worried but not inspiring confidence either. Thanks for the suggestion of braided steel lines will use that in the future.
#9064 of 10838 coolant change
Jun 16, 2006 (5:48 pm)
I like to change the coolant but the drain plug is covered by a plastic shield. there are two clips or plastic lugs
that hold the cover on, do they snap off or is there a tool
I need to remove them. before I break something I asking
for your advice as some of you probably did the coolant change. Thanks
#9065 of 10838 Re: 2006 Outback AC Question [henryhh]
Jun 17, 2006 (6:54 am)
Read they same article and they indicated the problem was solved by having the dealer check the rpm sensor on the AC compressor. Didn't say if it was replaced or what.
#9066 of 10838 Re: coolant change [babe915]
Jun 17, 2006 (8:19 am)
My 2K OB has three white plastic/nylon pop-out retainers seated in black guide rings towards the front of the shield. I just pop them out with a standard screwdriver, pull out the guide rings, and slide the shield out forward (look out - it can have a fair amount of crud in it depending on how/where you drive). I'd imagine yours is similar.
Ken in Seattle
#9067 of 10838 Re: 05 Legacy brakes [kat95]
Jun 17, 2006 (10:55 am)
I'd have the brakes bled by a credible servicer and see if it's the same afterwards. If so, yes, your problem is the dreaded dual-stage brake booster.
btw I wouldn't consider this a reason to sell a car!
#9068 of 10838 Anti-freeze
Jun 18, 2006 (2:17 am)
I added a 50/50 mix of anti-freeze (not Subaru anti-freeze)
which I bought from an auto parts store. Is it ok to add a different brand to the original stuff that was put in at the factory, car is a year old with 7,000 miles. I've mixed
it before in my first sube and no issues. I'd hate to do something to void the warranty. Hope I didn't hurt my vehicle?
#9069 of 10838 subaru outback vs rav4
Jun 19, 2006 (10:31 am)
I am new to this forum folks. I am trying to decide between the new rav4 and outback 2.5i.Does the lack of stability controls make a huge difference in snow and bad weather. Also the base tires are not thought to be very good . Any suggestions on better all-season tires.
#9070 of 10838 Re: subaru outback vs rav4 [iknevs1]
Jun 19, 2006 (10:34 am)
Stability control can make any given car safer, but it can also spoil the fun. Toyota's systems are known to kick in early and often.
VDC will spread to 9 Legacy/Outback models for MY07, but still not the base model you're considering.