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Subaru Baja, Engine, Truck
#43 of 62 Re: Engine dies at high altitude [sdycus10]
Jul 21, 2007 (9:52 pm)
my '03 has been has never had any problems at any altitude. it sounds like air and/or fuel flow is being impeded.
I have my maintenance done at 'Nice Car' Subaru shop in Fort Collins. Bob, the owner, is a Subaru fanatic and would probably discuss this with you.
#44 of 62 Re: Engine dies at high altitude [fba01]
Jul 25, 2007 (11:27 am)
Be sure to post a review for "Nice Car" if you have a moment. See the banner at the top of the page to take you to the review page.
#45 of 62 BAJA OIL LEAK FROM OIL FILTER
Jan 29, 2008 (2:10 pm)
I noticed a small oil leak at the bottom of the Oil filter of my 06 Baja (with 80k mostly highway miles). I changed the oil and filter and still notice a small amount. I can't tell where it is coming from? I don't see any stream. Of course, now that I changed the oil it is very clean and harder to see.
Anyone heard of this? Did I damage the seal? Does this sound like something serious? At this point the leak is barely noticeable - but I tend to worry.
#46 of 62 Re: BAJA OIL LEAK FROM OIL FILTER [nandorturk]
Jan 30, 2008 (9:46 am)
Well, a loss of oil can be catastrophic, while a new oil filter runs a couple of bucks.
So I would begin by replacing it. Make sure you wipe the surface clean and be sure the old gasket doesn't stick on (that set more than a few CR-Vs ablaze around 2002 or so).
Also, don't overtighten it else it might pinch the oil filter gasket. I'd even dab some clean, fresh oil on the gasket so it slides on smoothly.
If it's not there, I would tape a clean paper towel under the car overnight and use that to help trace exactly where the leak is. Use a plumb bob.
Best of luck.
#47 of 62 Re: BAJA OIL LEAK FROM OIL FILTER [ateixeira]
Jan 30, 2008 (11:04 am)
Thanks for the suggestions. At this point I don't see anything on the ground - there is a plastic cowling under the filter so any oil is caught there. What I have seen so far is extremely modest - maybe I left something on the gasket or overtightened. I was mostly concerned that there might be a leak in something expensive such as head gasket, oil pump, etc - but just a little dab on the oil filter.
#48 of 62 Re: BAJA OIL LEAK FROM OIL FILTER [nandorturk]
Jan 31, 2008 (8:02 am)
I'd just check the oil level each time you stop for gas, that should be often enough.
I think there is an oil light if the level gets low, too (not sure about that).
#49 of 62 Re: BAJA OIL LEAK FROM OIL FILTER [ateixeira]
Jan 31, 2008 (8:30 am)
Thanks again. I regularly check the ground and under the car each day - so I doubt that this will get by me. I actually had it at the dealer yesterday as well - they had to replace the cat converter (under warranty luckily) and they took a look. They said it was from the oil change and wiped it off. I think something else is happening - but I will monitor as well.
#50 of 62 piston slap update....2003 subaru 2.5 liter 4 cylinder
Mar 17, 2008 (8:14 am)
the dealer replaced numbers 2 and 4 pistons, and by god,
what a miracle, the obnoxious piston slap was eliminated !!!
praise the heavens above the i had (and have) an extended
warranty......... 1800 bucks later.....
shame on subaru, the latest consumer reports car issue,
lists the same engine for 2003 as being extraordinarily problematic,
as it received an all black circle, noting that customer complaints
#51 of 62 Re: piston slap update....2003 subaru 2.5 liter 4 cylinder [dcmsox2004]
Mar 17, 2008 (8:15 am)
Not due to piston slap, by the way, but rather due to head gasket failures.
So piston slap wasn't all that common.
#52 of 62 Re: BAJA OIL LEAK FROM OIL FILTER [nandorturk]
Jul 20, 2008 (10:43 pm)
There's a washer that has to be replaced every time you change the oil filter. Most places don't carry them. I buy six or so at once from the dealership and then make sure anyone changing my oil uses one. Otherwise, it will leak every time. Substitute washers don't seem to work and you can't reuse the the old one.