Last post on Nov 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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#64 of 69 Electrical Problems
Sep 24, 2011 (5:18 am)
I have an 09 Forester and I wanted to upgrade the stereo. So I did so with an Alpine deck. Everything went together just fine, but it seems like the idle was a little low afterward. In fact, the first time I drove the car after I installed the stereo, the car idled so low that it cut off. A long time ago I had a similar problem (although it was consistently off and on) with a Jeep Wrangler that I put an Alpine deck into. Does anyone have any idea what could have happened?
One thing I was really wondering if anyone know about was the extra little plug that went into the back of the factory stereo. There was the one that has the factory wire harness, which needs the adapter for the Alpine deck, but there was a second one with, I believe, 4 wires that I had no place to plug into. Is that thing important to the electrical system in any way? In an 03 Pontiac I once owned, you had to do some extravagant wiring in order to keep the factory stereo in the loop, but non-functional in the stereo scope. Has anyone heard of something like that for Subarus?
It seems like there are a lot of posts with people who have happily and with no problems replaced the stereo. So this really seemed strange...
Thanks in advance
#65 of 69 Re: Electrical Problems [goc78]
Nov 16, 2011 (8:30 pm)
Not me. That's way out of my knowledge base. But the radio upgrade idea brings a question to mind.....I wonder if Subaru has a hard drive based radio option for Forester.
#66 of 69 Re: Electrical Problems [dave87120]
Nov 17, 2011 (6:56 am)
No, but do you really want your music to reside in your car? What do you do when you trade it in?
If you must have it, the opening is double-DIN so easy to find aftermarket stuff cheap.
#67 of 69 Re: Electrical Problems [ateixeira]
Nov 17, 2011 (8:12 am)
That's easy, I don't trade it in. I plan on driving this thing until the wheels fall off. That is why I was concerned. However, I noticed that the air filter was really dirty which caused a loss of power and it affected the idle. I think that along with re-starting the computers after I had the battery disconnected for the installation caused the problem.
Nov 10, 2013 (4:50 pm)
Thinking of buying a 2013 Forester. Really like the car. Looking at pictures, I see the "Sat" button on the radio display. But looking at the "specs" on the car, it doesnt say its satellite ready. All it says is that it has AM/FM.
I would have thought that seeing the Sat button would mean its satellite ready. But maybe not necessarily?