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Subaru Forester, Wagon, SUV
#1417 of 1436 Re: Splash guard install? [jeffrl]
Apr 14, 2010 (11:27 am)
They are fairly easy, but you do need to remove the wheels as you install them. I put a set on a 2007 Outback and it took about an hour for all four. You simply have to pull some plastic clips that attach the wheel well liner to the body, then mount the splash guards and put the clips back in. For tools, I think it may have involved a #2 phillips screwdriver, a flathead screwdriver, and pliers. It is really simple.
#1418 of 1436 Re: Splash guard install? [xwesx]
Apr 14, 2010 (1:49 pm)
I put mine on my 05 without taking the tires off. For the front ones I just turned the tires according to which side I was working on and for the rear I had to use a ratchet in order to screw in the screws because of the limited space, but it can be done without taking any tires off.
#1419 of 1436 Re: Splash guard install? [jeffrl]
Apr 14, 2010 (2:15 pm)
"... am considering getting some splashguards for my 2004 Forester... How easy are they to install & what is the process? Is it something I could do myself, (with standard tools, but no lift available), or should this be done in a shop?"
The dealer that installed my four splash guards in 2007 said he had to remove the wheels.
I just ran over something that slashed a tire and damaged the splash guard. I will be replacing the splash guard myself.
I see that each one is held by two hex head screws that can be turned by either an 8mm box end wrench or a phillips screw driver. You can either use the wrench, or remove the wheel(s) to get room to use a screw driver. I hear there are socket wrenches that will drive a screw driver bit, and fit without removing the wheel, but I don't have one.
I am getting a free replacement tire, so I plan to replace the splash guard with the screw driver while I am replacing the wheel. Otherwise, I would use the 8mm wrench with the wheel on the car.
#1420 of 1436 It keeps going and going
Jun 22, 2011 (1:52 pm)
This forum appears quite dead, but in case anybody stumbles across it, I first posted about my 2001 Forester in the year 2000. Fast forward to now, and it has 170K and has been a pretty darn good car. I almost jumped ship when I had to do the head gaskets at ~105K (I had one of the bad 2.5l engines), but since then it's needed only one more repair, a wheel bearing.
In the time I've owned it, I've been fickle about my other cars ... in fact I've cycled through four different 2nd cars, but I always come back to my Forester. I hope to post when it hits 200K!
#1421 of 1436 Re: It keeps going and going [gouldn]
Jun 22, 2011 (4:05 pm)
Congrats! Overall, I had a very good experience with my 1996 Outback, and ended up cycling through several cars after losing that one before we finally seem to have settled a bit (I hope!).
#1422 of 1436 Re: It keeps going and going [gouldn]
Jun 23, 2011 (7:11 am)
There is a parallel form and it is quite active.
My first Subaru was/is a 2000 Forester (331,00 original). Right know I am driving a 2011 Outback(first repeat purchase for me). Though I like the Forester better. Just remember, maintenance.
#1424 of 1436 CEL and CAT Converter
Jul 01, 2011 (8:39 pm)
'02 Forrester with just over 100k miles. Had a CEL come on. Dealer claims that it is the CAT converter. They want almost $ 1000 to fix. Anyone have a comment or advice about this?
#1425 of 1436 Looking for a Forester 2.5x
Jul 02, 2011 (8:42 pm)
My husband is looking to buy a 2011 Forester 2.5x in the next week or two. Inventories are limited where we have looked, and we were told at one dealership that we could put a small deposit down on one slated for delivery to the dealer anywhere from now until the end of August. Has anyone been able to negotiate a good price this past week?
#1426 of 1436 Re: CEL and CAT Converter [vtdog]
Jul 04, 2011 (6:33 am)
"'02 Forrester with just over 100k miles. Had a CEL come on. Dealer claims that it is the CAT converter. They want almost $ 1000 to fix. Anyone have a comment or advice about this?"
Our '03 Buick had a CEL come on a year ago. An independent shop diagnosed the converter. Fortunately the car only had 60,000 miles and the emissions warranty was still in force. We took it to a dealer, who confirmed the diagnosis and replaced the whole exhaust system including converter, pipe and muffler. He said the claim was $1,400.
As to why the converter should fail, I theorize that it was stressed by the effects of water in the gas. A year earlier, the Buick received so much water in the gas that it would barely run, made it 20 miles to home, had to be towed to a shop, which removed the gas tank and showed us a jug of gas floating on water. They purged the tank and fuel system. It cost $900 which the gas station paid, saying they paid a dozen other similar claims.
The 20 miles of missing and bucking and stalling probably put unburned gas and a poorly burned mixture through the converter, shortening its life.
Another way of shortening converter life is long warm ups in winter cold. A person who used remote start to do this had his Forester converter replaced under warranty after three years. It takes a long while to warm up at idle, prolonging the time that the converter must handle a rich mixture.