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#261 of 270 1995 Legacy Wagon electrical problem...
Aug 30, 2010 (10:02 am)
I replaced the starter with a new one, when I put the key in it, the bell was chiming, then when i turned the key everything went dead, the windows now go up without the key in the ignition, the heater fan also turns on, the turn signals make a solid buzzing sound when turned on, plus when i turn the key to the on position and hit the break to put the car in neutral to back it off the ramps it wont turn go into neutral but i can hear the switch for the shifter clicking as it does when u hit the button to take it out of park.....i am totally baffled anyone have ANY idea where to start with this problem or have any ideas it would be much appreciated..
#262 of 270 Re: 1995 Legacy Wagon electrical problem... [roadracerx955]
Aug 30, 2010 (10:42 am)
Check the engine/battery grounding to the chassis. I believe it is at the starter motor. If ground is open all electrical functions will interact. Is there a loose strap by the starter...or is there such a left-over part after putting in the new starter?
#263 of 270 Blue/white smoke
Oct 09, 2010 (8:27 am)
First like to thank you guys for this forum! Great job! I have a 98 Subaru Outback that just had an oil change & fuel filter change. When we start the car up there's a significant amount of thick blue/white smoke that comes out for a bit then burns off after running the car a bit. But there's still a minor amount that comes out while driving. Is this a major concern? We are very strapped for money and would like to know if this is an expensive fix. Thank you.
#264 of 270 Re: Blue/white smoke [bpechtel]
Oct 10, 2010 (5:54 pm)
I'm not sure if I am following this right. You mention an oil change. Did the blue smoke just start happening right after having the oil change, or did the amount of smoke change considerably then, or is it an ongoing problem?
#265 of 270 Re: Blue/white smoke [fibber2]
Oct 12, 2010 (8:31 am)
Is the oil level correct? Maybe the crankcase was overfilled.
#266 of 270 Re: Blue/white smoke [ateixeira]
Oct 14, 2010 (7:08 pm)
That was what I was thinking, but the OP disappeared.... (in a cloud of blue smoke?)
#267 of 270 Re: 96 Suburu Legacy Outback recent engine ticking sounds [awrench]
Oct 16, 2010 (4:18 pm)
Did you ever get this issue resolved? I am looking at buying a used '96 and it has a ticking when it starts and gets faster and just a hair louder when I accelerate. I want it as a first car for my daughter. Thank you
#268 of 270 Re: 96 Suburu Legacy Outback recent engine ticking sounds [izzy812]
Oct 18, 2010 (9:22 am)
That noise is most likely valve chatter. Unless the contact points have worn significantly, this will likely quiet down if the oil is fully topped off. Check the oil; if it is still making the noise and the oil is full, then either the cam lobes are starting to get worn or the ticking is coming from another internal component.
Subaru's, especially older ones, are famous for valve chatter. People (around here anyway) like to say they sound like sewing machines.
#269 of 270 legacy engine fubar
Dec 12, 2010 (2:16 pm)
Thanks all for this forum! It's great to have a place to bounce ideas around.
So currently I have a 1998 subaru legacy L thats overheating. All the fluid levels are good and the thermostat is new. Noticeable lack of power and some new mechanical noise coming from engine, doesn't sound like valve lash but just as consistant. Oil light keeps coming on and only cold air blows from the heater. I think possibly cracked head......any insight on this would be great.
#270 of 270 Re: legacy engine fubar [karsmasher]
Dec 13, 2010 (5:38 am)
Unfortunately, I think you on the right path. The DOHC EJ25 engines are prone to head gasket failure. Once combustion gases get into the water jacket, you get air pockets that prevent the heater core from providing warmth to the cabin, and causes hot spots that do further engine damage.
If you act quickly, you might be able to save the engine. Run it like this and you will kill it quickly.