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#269 of 439 1998 Subaru Forester - electrical system dead.
Mar 29, 2009 (5:02 pm)
I am a first time poster. My car only has 40K on it. A week ago the AT Oil Temp light started flashing when I started the car. This has never happened before. I drove to several stores and when I started the car after each stop the light did not flash. I did not use the car for about 8 days & now the car will not start. The electrical system does not work - there is no keyless entry, etc, I work from home and often do not drive it for 1-2 weeks. I replaced the original battery mid 2007 when it died. I know the battery is dead but what could have caused it and what is my best course of action. Thanks in advance.
#270 of 439 Piston Replacement 2002 Forester
Apr 04, 2009 (8:11 am)
I brought my 2002 Forester with 76,000 miles to local dealership in N.W. suburban Chicago because my check engine light came 2 days ago. I was told the oxygen sensor needs to be replaced for $425 - that's not great, but OK. Then the service advisor asked me "Don't you notice that the engine is running loudly?" I haven't noticed it running loudly, but the service advisor told me the pistons need to be replaced for $2,900, and he mentioned something about a boxer engine. This was all way over my head. Hopefully the extended warranty I bought for the car in Sept. 2003 will cover this repair, but I won't know that until Monday when the warranty administrator office reopens. I've never had to replace pistons before. Is $2,900 a reasonable charge for piston replacement, or am I being taken for a ride? I am not knowledgeable about cars, so any help is appreciated.
#271 of 439 Re: Piston Replacement 2002 Forester [stdonatus]
Apr 09, 2009 (10:56 am)
A few engines had what they called piston slap, but it was far from being a common occurence.
Hopefully the warranty addresses it, if not call 800-SUBARU3.
#272 of 439 Re: Turbo needs replacement [ateixeira]
Apr 21, 2009 (11:42 am)
Pic reminds me of the second Subaru WRX I test drove - it was smoking from under the hood after fewer than five miles of driving - too few for the transmission to lose a synchro or otherwise self-destruct. The first was experiencing electrical problems and stranded me and the salesman a couple miles from the dealer until they could get a tow truck there to tow us back. Some folks just have low standards, explaining country music, American Idol, most chain restaurants and Subaru.
#273 of 439 Re: Turbo needs replacement [cz75]
Apr 21, 2009 (11:47 am)
That could be just some mechanic spilled oil on the exhaust manifold. Can't conclude much until you look under the hood...
WRX was a reliable car, many sources can confirm that.
Your test drive failures are the 1st and 2nd I've ever heard for a WRX.
Hmm...did you drink the Kool-aid at your Honda dealer lately?
Apr 18, 2009 (3:41 pm)
radiator does not recover coolent from overflow tank
#276 of 439 Re: radiator [wishner7]
Apr 19, 2009 (4:29 am)
Most likely cause is failure of the radiator cap on main radiator. Check it carefully for seal, ensuring it has been screwed down correctly and that any rubber seals are sound.
They are fairly cheap to replace.
Next most likely is a crack in the boundary between radiator core and header tank. These can be hard to find for non expert. I had one years ago that opened up when engine running at high revs but was undetectable under normal conditions. Only realized what was going on when I backed off from full throttle and caught a windscreen of fine spray!.
#277 of 439 Sub. Forester 06, 45,500 mls Intermittent Check Engine Light, cruise too
May 11, 2009 (7:25 am)
Over the last 3 weeks, my Subaru Forester 2006 w/45K miles has had these lights upon start up come on, blink a little and go off. Then come back on a few days later upon startup, same process. check engines blinks, sometimes with cruise, once with battery - goes off for a few days.
The car just past inspection Sat. The inspection mechanic says if the CE light ws on, it would have failed inspection. Since it was not on, it could be misfires and not to bother checking, just live with it.
I thought it could be a built-in 'mtn reminder', dealer says no. Wants $60 (discount, normally $120) to find out the code (yes, NY)?
Advice please !
#278 of 439 Re: Sub. Forester 06, 45,500 mls Intermittent Check Engine Light, cruise too [viman]
May 11, 2009 (8:28 am)
Get a code reader! Use it twice, at the rate your dealer wants to charge you, and it paid for itself...
Are you noticing any obvious signs of trouble? Is the engine running rough? Stuttering?