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#41 of 50 Re: Clicking sound on Legacy 2008 2.5i [cjtech]
Jan 22, 2008 (11:38 am)
The boxer engine is a noisier engine in general, but it should not sound... harsh. In sub-zero temperatures, the engine on my 08 Outback only exhibits the extra start-up noise for 15-60 seconds, depending on temperatures. The most notable noises when it is extremely cold (about -20 and lower) are belt and accessory complaints. I do not really blame them.
Some folks have reported PZEV engines running very rough upon cold start. I noticed on Subaru's website a few days ago that there is a TSB related to this, though I have not looked at it.
#42 of 50 Driver side Axle/CV Replacement
Feb 02, 2008 (4:29 pm)
I have a torn boot on the driver side of my 93 Legacy. How do you replace it? I am new to Subaru, so this is a first time? Thanks.
#43 of 50 Re: Clicking sound on Legacy 2008 2.5i [xwesx]
Feb 03, 2008 (9:21 am)
the TSB talks about the PZEV engine being tuned specifically for CA gas blends so if you are in another state with some different blend you may have some issues with rough starting etc. I have not had any problems with my 08 OB over 6k now and despite the recent few spells of subzero temps in IL. Maybe our gas blend is the same as CA. - or maybe I've been so used to my old 98 Legacy, even a non functioning 08 sounds good to me !!
There is also a TSB about a noise from the exhaust during startup which is normal and related to the lean burning also.
It seems people in the NW and New England are complaining most about the PZEVs. Is there gas there different from CA and the midwest??
#44 of 50 Re: Driver side Axle/CV Replacement [jmartinelli]
Feb 03, 2008 (5:07 pm)
They sell the CV+Axle Assembly as a whole unit. Cost is about $75 and takes about 2hrs to replace. It's not that bad a job.
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#45 of 50 Re: Clicking sound on Legacy 2008 2.5i [cptplt]
Feb 04, 2008 (6:39 am)
Where can I read the TSBs? Is there a public site where the TSBs are posted?
#46 of 50 Re: Clicking sound on Legacy 2008 2.5i [cjtech]
Feb 04, 2008 (9:28 am)
No, not really, but I did find this site. Subaru's web site allows you to see the bulletin numbers and titles, but requires payment to download them. I take the TSB from the Subaru site and run a search on it. That is how I found the site linked above.
#48 of 50 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback - weird noise, sounds like diesel engine
Feb 11, 2008 (7:43 am)
My husband and I just inherited a 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback (standard transmission) from a friend. It has 264K miles on it and is in great shape - they kept it garaged and were very good with maintenance.
We've had it less than 2 months and haven't driven it any real distance - just around town, to and from work, etc. About a week ago, it started making "chattering" noises - the best way to describe it is that it sounds like it's a diesel engine when it's not. It's not driving any differently or acting "funny" at all. It's about 200 miles overdue for an oil change, though.
My husband had a mechanic friend take a look and listen and he said something about the "cams" in such an old car not being able to hold enough oil and how that's usually remedied by adding something that will allow the valve to close to hold oil? I just called a mechanic in town and he said to check to make sure the oil isn't low.
Any ideas from any of you out there?
#49 of 50 Re: 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback - weird noise, sounds like diesel engine [ma
Feb 11, 2008 (8:08 am)
So, it is just making a clacking noise while the engine is running? If so, I would recommend that you do check the oil. My '96 Outback would make a similar clacking noise if the oil was more than a quart low; yes, it was the valve lifters. With the oil topped off, the lifters would quiet right down.
This is a car with more than a quarter million miles - make a habit of checking the oil with every fueling.
#50 of 50 Re: 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback - weird noise, sounds like diesel engine [ma [xwesx]
Feb 12, 2008 (2:17 am)
Yup, I agree with Wes. Also you may want to go to a slightly heavier weight oil such as a 10-30 or 10-40 even.
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