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Subaru B9 Tribeca, Engine, SUV
#48 of 97 Re: Subaru B9 won't start [ateixeira]
Mar 10, 2008 (6:12 pm)
Could also be on a hill so the amount of fuel isn't reaching the fuel pump.
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#49 of 97 Re: Subaru B9 won't start [paisan]
Mar 11, 2008 (7:50 am)
Good point. The fuel can slosh around. Make sure you have at least 3 gallons or so in the tank. The more the better.
Listen for the whirrrrr when you turn the key before you try to crank it, just to be sure the fuel pump is still working.
#50 of 97 Re: Subaru B9 won't start [ateixeira]
Mar 11, 2008 (5:57 pm)
I've run my tanks dry a lot on my subies, never overheated the pump.
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#51 of 97 2006 Tribeca - Ordering a Short Block
Mar 31, 2008 (7:15 pm)
26,000 miles - Driving to work last Thursday morning, the check engine light started flashing on the freeway. I pulled off the free way with little power and the SUB stalled and then would not start. It had to be towed to the dealer where after further investigation, they said, "You have a major engine problem that we are not able to tell until we pull everything apart. The engine is knocking as if a Rod bearing is out, which in my years here I have never seen in this engine." They kindly arranged for a loaner car while they looked into it further. He further mentioned that only in times where the car was involved in a big accident did they need to repair the engine like this.
Today - the call from the dealer is Subaru is ordering a new short block. To which I responded, "do we know what caused this?" Dealer - "We don't because Subaru wants us to ship the short block to them to inspect themselves and they don't want us breaking it down." I should be up and running on Friday this week or Monday of next week.
Questions - Would anyone else be concerned about them replacing the short block and not the entire engine? Has anyone else heard of anything similar to this? If this is an anomaly - should I buy lotto tickets? Would you request SOA to warranty the 3/4 new engine beyond the 5 months 10k miles I have left on my warranty? Is this a reasonable resolution to the problem?
#52 of 97 Re: 2006 Tribeca - Ordering a Short Block [cadillac]
Apr 01, 2008 (7:14 am)
Any work they do should be under warranty for 12 more months.
I agree this is rare. The H6 is very robust, in fact this is the first catastrophic failure of this type I've heard of on a Tribeca.
FWIW, as long as they cover it under warranty, I'm happy to see that Subaru is actually taking the engine back for analysis, to determine a cause.
#53 of 97 Re: 2006 Tribeca - Ordering a Short Block [ateixeira]
Apr 09, 2008 (7:29 pm)
I have yet to get my Tribeca back. However, the good news is they know what caused the problem. It appears one of the valve springs broke. This wreaked havoc on the engine causing it to misfire and shut down in essence.
They are still replacing the short block and as it turns out and a valve. Not sure if I heard them correctly, but they may have said the heads as well? Either way, because the car is still under the 5yr 60k miles powertrain, if anything goes wrong in the next two years, I would be covered. I have to figure this is good luck (bad luck) depending on how you look at it.
I will say the dealership has been great to deal with. I have not had to call them once for an update. They beat me to the punch. Not the best to be without my car for almost two weeks, but it could be much worse if the dealership hadn't been as good as they have been so far.
#54 of 97 Re: 2006 Tribeca - Ordering a Short Block [cadillac]
Apr 14, 2008 (6:42 pm)
UPDATE to the UPDATE
Going on almost three weeks. The dealership had to order valve pucks for the adjusting of the valves. They were measuring them today, hopeful the car will be ready on Wednesday.
Apr 21, 2008 (6:19 pm)
Back and running. Like getting a new car that is dirty in the cabin. All is well. Drives like it did when it was new.
#56 of 97 Re: UPDATE [cadillac]
Apr 21, 2008 (6:43 pm)
Excellent, remember to break it in again.
#57 of 97 Same Car - New Engine - New Problem - Fixed
Apr 30, 2008 (7:38 pm)
I began to notice a knocking noise coming from the engine. I thought this might be a knocking problem due to the engine not being warm, but it didn't matter how warm or cold the car was, the knocking was very pronounced. The engine seemed to be functioning fine, but I returned the car to the dealership one week after getting it back.
In arriving at the dealer at 530pm on the way home from work, the service writer immediately said this was not normal and is likely to be the valves not being adjusted properly. He suggested I could drive it home with no issue and that I ought to return it in the morning when they could fit it into the schedule.
The dealership provided another loaner car after fearing another valve spring may have broken on another valve. When I picked up the loaner car later in the day, the service writer and I were removing car seats from the car and he noticed (Whole engine was out of the car) a bolt appeared to have broken off. A bolt that holds the cam into place. He responded "good, looks like this is our fault and nothing with the engine. Explains why the mechanic didn't come speak to me before he left for the day." He torqued the bolt too tight causing it to break and rattle around within the engine.
Tribeca is back, seems fine. Keep your fingers crossed. My dad had a good saying he learned in the military - First time - bad luck, 2nd time Coincidence, 3rd time definitely enemy advancement ...Let's hope there is not a third engine problem.