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#1 of 27 Help My Baja!
Nov 06, 2003 (12:57 pm)
Dear Baja owners,
Can anyone give me advice. I just bought a Subaru - Baja last week 10-22-03. I had my first tank gas filled on this Monday. After that, every time I pedal brakes, or driving on an uneven road, I hear Waving sound at the back, like water (gas) is rolling against something. I have it checked. Dealer says it's the kind of tank design, some say it's the baffles' problem in the gas tank, maybe from the screw, or tank is not good locked ... But nothing they can do ...
So, herewith, any Baja driver can help me with advice? 1) Do you hear any gas tank sloughing noise back and forth when you are driving, making turns, or pressing brakes? 2) is it true that it's designed this way. The funny thing is that when I test drove the car, I had never hear anything. As for my new car, the first week was quiet. So, anyone has the same experience? 3) How should I deal with it: Dealer, repair? ...
Looking forward to your help. Thanks for your time.
Sad Baja owner.
#2 of 27 Smile, Maggie - you have a new car!
Nov 06, 2003 (4:26 pm)
I'll try to tune into it when I drive later this evening - before the chat. Your Baja has a "saddle" type design fuel tank and sometimes you might hear the fuel go between tanks - but it shouldn't be a "constant" noise. If it is troubling you and you think it should be investigated further, call 1-800-SUBARU3 after the dealer has thoroughly inspected in. Try to have your VIN available when you call. We can double check the information the dealer provides you.
Either way - it doesn't indicate a major problem, so try to go out and enjoy your new ride a bit!
#3 of 27 I have a new Baja and I have not noticed
Nov 06, 2003 (7:08 pm)
a sloshing sound.
#4 of 27 Thanks, Baja Friend!
Nov 06, 2003 (8:53 pm)
Patti & Odfrank,
Thank you so much for your help. Yeah, the sloshing sound. It's not sometimes, it's like everytime I am out, I am accompanied by the sloshing 'water bag'. I went back to the Dealer again today as I really don't feel comfortable about it. I brought a friend and test drove another Baja again. No matter how hard or sudden we pedaled brakes, back and forth, no noise at all. Maybe I do have a Lemon. Well, I get lost. I just hope I am not that unlucky to get a Lemon. I am going to call 800-Subaru tomorrow. Thanks again for your help.
#5 of 27 Message board housekeeping...
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Nov 07, 2003 (5:20 am)
We do have a very active Subaru Baja topic already here. Rather than leave this as a single-question topic, I'm going to rename it Subaru Baja: Problems & Solutions to make it the general topic for all questions about Baja problems.
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#7 of 27 No Sloshing sound from gas tank
Nov 09, 2003 (11:45 am)
I have listened and have no gas tank sloshing sound. Demand that this be corrected under warranty.
I did hear something after it rained. Maybe moonroof runoff draining. But it ended after a few seconds.
#8 of 27 Thanks!
Nov 09, 2003 (9:47 pm)
Hi, Mr. Frank!
Thanks for your time.
#9 of 27 May be something else?
Nov 10, 2003 (1:38 pm)
It could water caught in another place. For instance, on my Miata, I've had water caught in the area under the door. I had some pine needles and other debris cloggin up a drain.
Given it's fall, that could be it.
Another thought - did you get undercoating? That sometimes can clog up drains, which is why most manufactureres (including Subaru) do not recommend it.
Have them check all the fluids under the hood, though I doubt any of those would create a sloshing noise. Everything you can service is marked yellow.
Keep us posted?
#10 of 27 No sloshing here
Nov 10, 2003 (7:04 pm)
I've had my Baja for 8 Months now and do not hear any kind of sloshing noise. That sloshing noise is not normal and I agree that you should make sure the dealer corrects this problem.
As a side note for those interested... I left my sunroof open during a torrential downpour and the leather interior and carpet held up remarkably well... I cant even tell that it happened