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  • alleyneben1
    alleyneben1 - 2006 Subaru Impreza - Engine - 9/20/2013
    Timing Belt needs to be replaced vehicle has 46000 miles and is well maintained.
    Is this vehicle under recall my daughter has a 2008 and had the same problem which was covered under a Recall Notice ??
    • Jimm
      9/20/2013 Jimm
      Check the applicable recalls on the follwoing websites;, Looks like there are only two (2) recalls for the 2006 Subaru Impreza - one for the air bags, and one related to the front suspension / front lower control arm.

      The timing belt replacement is usually at 60k intervals - though at 46k miles it would not hurt to replace. Be sure to go ahead and replace the water pump at the same time - the water pump is usually included in the timing components kit. Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as;,, and - to list only a few sources. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the timing component kit from around $181.00 for your vehicle. Gates part # TCKWP304A Premium OE Timing Belt Component Kit W/Water Pump; 6 Components (1 Belt, 1 Hydraulic Tensioner, 3 Idlers, 1 Water Pump)
      Keep in mind that the 2.5L flat six cylinder is an interference engine application - meaning that if the timing belt should break in operation, the pistons will contact the valves and major engine damage will occur.
  • 8493309
    8493309 - 2008 Subaru Impreza - Engine - 9/11/2013
    2008 subaru impreza wrx. i replace the a/c compressor and need to know about adding oil to it. do i use the oil that i p
    2008 subaru impreza wrx. i replace the a/c compressor and need to know about adding oil to it. do i use the oil that i pour in directly, or the one i put in from the high or low port. and is it pag-46?
    • wbrockstar
      9/10/2013 wbrockstar
      Yeah you add the oil the same way you do with freon,through the low pressure side.Some R-134 kits have the freon and oil in 1 can or you can purchase oil seperately
      9/11/2013 8493309
      Thanks. DO you know how much oil to add?
    • wbrockstar
      9/11/2013 wbrockstar
      I believe the can comes in 8oz portion.Put the whole can in the compressor
  • dttd123
    dttd123 - 2002 Subaru Impreza - Engine - 9/10/2013
    Car does not start . Turn key sometimes clicks sometimes nothing .
    Just happened started happening yesterday. happened a bunch of times today i did the drop clutch technique to start car. Starter clicks sometimes , one time it started clicking more then usually on one key turn. hit starter alot ! and still wouldn't start. ( ...
    • bear.1216
      9/10/2013 bear.1216
      You have a weak battery or a dead starter. Have the battery tested if it is good then replace starter.
  • 8493309
    8493309 - 2008 Subaru Impreza - Engine - 9/9/2013
    2008 subaru impreza wrx. i replace the a/c compressor and need to know about adding oil to it. do i use the pag-46 that
    2008 subaru impreza wrx. i replace the a/c compressor and need to know about adding oil to it. do i use the pag-46 that i pour in, or the one i put in from the high or low port.
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  • mtnspool
    mtnspool - 1999 Subaru Forester - Engine - 9/9/2013
    Emergency flashing lights switch- Where is it located?
    My car has not been running in a few months and the emergency lights keep flashing. Where is the switch so I can remove it. It is on after engine is off.
    • bear.1216
      9/9/2013 bear.1216
      The flashing lights may be the security system. When a car sits for a long time the battery will get weak and the security system can turn on making the lights flash and may disable vehicle. You may need to reset the alarm. The hazard switch is on the dash or steering column. Removing the switch may not disable lights if security issue It has the symbol of a triangle with a lightning bolt inside. If you want to disable the hazards it would be easier to pull the hazard relay or fuse. This will disable hazard lights. Sorry but I cant tell how to disable or reset security system. I dont teach people how to steal cars.
  • mtnspool
    mtnspool - 1999 Subaru Forester - Engine - 9/8/2013
    No longer have wireless key-battery changed out and lights are flashing
    Where is the switch under the dash for my 1999 Sub Forrester so I can turn off lights?
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  • mtnspool
    mtnspool - 1999 Subaru Forester - Engine - 9/8/2013
    Hazard lights on; where switch is located?
    Emergency hazard blinking lights are on- the car has been not on the road for 4 months and I cannot located the emergency switch to turn off ; it remains on after power is off.
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  • mistydawnviles
    mistydawnviles - 1987 Subaru GL-10 - Engine - 9/3/2013
    My `987 subaru died while driving
    I have about 190,000 miles on the car and I just got it from my dad. It was working fine then one day it just died on the road while I was driving it. All the lights came on and it just stopped. Someone told me it was the timing belt and someone else said the engine ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/3/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Check the timing belt. That is the likely cause. I'm not sure if this engine bends valves when the belt goes out.
      9/3/2013 CVO
      This vehicle has a non-interference engine, valves and pistons won't collide.
  • jonnyshrp
    jonnyshrp - 2002 Subaru Forester - Engine - 8/22/2013
    Why is coolant in the overflow tank but not going back to radiator?
    Hello, I'm having some coolant weirdness with my 2002 Subaru Forester. I'll give you a brief history of what's been done and what I'm seeing now. In March of this year, I had the head gaskets replaced and the 140,000 mile service done including everything that ...
    • wbrockstar
      8/22/2013 wbrockstar
      First remove the hose goin from the overflow tank to the radiator and make sure its not clogged.Otherwise,a bad radiator cap is the problem,replace it.The rad cap opens internally to let coolant go to the overflow tank and does the same goin from overflow back to radiator
  • ajglaude
    ajglaude - 2003 Subaru Impreza - Engine - 8/21/2013
    My car has 150K miles on it and is overheating after driving 5 minutes? what should i be checking?
    Happens all the time.
    • Jimm
      8/21/2013 Jimm
      Loss of coolant because of a coolant leak is probably the most common cause of engine overheating. Possible leak points include hoses, the radiator, heater core, water pump, thermostat housing, head gasket, freeze plugs, automatic transmission oil cooler, cylinder head(s) and block.

      Make a careful visual inspection of the entire cooling system, and then PRESSURE TEST the cooling system and radiator cap. A pressure test will reveal internal leaks such as seepage past the head gasket as well as cracks in the head or block. A good system should hold 12 to 15 psi for 15 minutes or more with no loss in pressure. If it leaks pressure, there is an internal coolant leak (most likely a bad head gasket but possibly also a cracked cylinder or engine block).

      It is important to pressure test the radiator cap, too, because a weak cap (or one with too low a pressure rating.

      If no leaks - either internal or external, then there are a few possibilities for the overheating. Clogged or dirty radiator passages, faulty thermostat, clogged radiator hoses, clogged heater hoses, clogged heater core, radiator cooling fans not working.
  • TheDude
    TheDude - 2005 Subaru Impreza - Engine - 8/17/2013
    Why is the engine temperature fluctuating while driving?
    It just started doing it this morning. I found it weird because it hasn't done this since last year. That's when I replaced the thermostat due to it being bad. Car does have water. Just topped it off. Help please.
    • Jimm
      8/17/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty cooling system temperature sensor, faulty temperature guage wiring or connection, faulty temperature guage indicator.
  • bill
    bill - 2012 Subaru Forester - Engine - 8/11/2013
    The oil pressure warning light comes on very dimly while running errands or long distances.
    Yes I changed the oil.The light varies from barely visible to just a bit light but no way as bright as when the bulb checks when you first turn the key. It fades away or comes back when speed increases or turning a corner. Oil level shows full each time.
    • CVO
      8/11/2013 CVO
      This vehicle is still under the 3 years or 36,000 miles warranty bumper to bumper. Call Subaru Dealer for a warranty repair.
      Note: it could be the oil pressure switch.
  • gandftv
    gandftv - 1999 Subaru Legacy - Engine - 7/20/2013
    Idling problem: bucks and shakes; It purrs like a kitten when outside temperature is above 95 degrees
    It does pretty well before warming up. But when warmed up it bucks. I would change the idler valve but I am not sure this is valve problem. Why would it purr like a kitten only when outside temperature is above 95 degrees. Coolant temperature is fine. Replaced the ...
    • wbrockstar
      7/20/2013 wbrockstar
      A MAP(manifold absolute pressure) sensor,ECT(engine coolant temperature) sensor,and AIT(air intake temperature) sensor are the 3 sensors that adjust engine afr(air fuel ratio) on a fuel injected engine.One of these could be malfunctioning.They work solely off of different temperatures meaning their signals they send to computer flucuate with outside/engine temperature
      7/20/2013 gandftv
      Dear wbrockstar, Thank you for your quick response. I am a total novice on these new engines but I had a feeling it was not the idler valve. The engine temperature stays constant and should not know anything about the ambient temperature. That should narrow it down and I can use a hair dryer to try and track down the defective part(s). You saved me trying the idler valve.
      Thanks again,
      7/20/2013 wbrockstar
      Normally when the iac goes bad or gets dirty,it will cause the rpm,s to go up and back down,,repetitively at idle.500 rpm then up to 1500 rpm back to 500 then up to 1500,over and over.You can remove the iac and clean it with carb cleaner then blow it out with air compresser just to check and see if its malfunctioning
  • bringbackthebassline
    bringbackthebassline - 1993 Subaru Legacy - Engine - 7/19/2013
    Wont start. No power turning key w/clutch in, but power w/out clutch in. Doesn't turn over at all.
    The day before I had to jump my car, but it still drove home fine, had a bit of a whine which sounded electrical. Next morning I had almost no power, and even when on a charger with power I got no turn over. When I turn the key with the clutch in, the power ...
    • wbrockstar
      7/19/2013 wbrockstar
      The neutral safety switch could be the problem.Sounds like it may have a short causing it to make your electrical system cutout with clutch pushed in.I didnt notice a clutch interlock switch located for your car on rock auto,so youve only got the neutral safety switch.It tells the car to start but only when clutch is pushed in.Keeps you from bein able to start car in gear while clutch is not pushed so you start the car and go flyin through somebodys house,etc
  • zerbesgreasemonkeys
    zerbesgreasemonkeys - 1992 Subaru SVX - Engine - 7/18/2013
    1992 Suburu SVX 3.3L - Fuel pump not working
    Replaced fuel pump - car sat for 8 months while out of country and no start\battery dead and replaced - still no start - replaced fuel pump again with strainer, fuel pump relay, fuel filter - fuel pump still not running - it's electronic fuel pump
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