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  • BillyPhipps
    BillyPhipps - 2010 Subaru Forester - Engine - 7/12/2013
    Why can't I put gas into my car.
    This is the second time within a year and a half, when I tired to fill up my gas tank the gas pump @ station would shut off as if the tank was full. I had a quarter of a tank each time this happened, also It was a very hot & humid on both day. Thank You BillyPhipps
     
  • bobbyk_23
    bobbyk_23 - 2004 Subaru Forester - Engine - 6/27/2013
    Could engine misfire be related to driving without an oil cap for hundreds of miles?
    I had my subaru forester's oil changed at a dealer and several weeks later the check engine light came on. Upon inspection I realized they hadn't put the oil cap back on after the oil change. The dealer re-set and the engine light and apologized. A month later my ...
     
    • Jimm
      6/27/2013 Jimm
      First question - what are the specific fault codes / conditions that have caused the check engine light? It may be possible for the engine oil to leak through the engine oil fill cap missing - and cause one or more of the spark plugs, ignition coils and / or wires to misfire.
      If the dealer has realized and acknowledged the mistake by their not installing the oil fill cap after the oil change - they why are they charging you anything - for what may be related repairs?

      At any rate, I would certainly collect all the repair receipts paid since the oil cap issue was discovered, and ask the dealership for a reimbursement.
  • bobbyk_23
    bobbyk_23 - 2004 Subaru Forester - Engine - 6/26/2013
    Could engine misfire be related to driving hundreds of miles with oil cap off?
    I had my subaru forester's oil changed at a dealer and several weeks later the check engine light came on. Upon inspection I realized they hadn't put the oil cap back on after the oil change. The dealer re-set and the engine light and apologized. A month later my ...
     
    • frankiedonnn
      6/26/2013 frankiedonnn
      If the oil spattered all over the engine and somehow got into the wrong place,I suppose it could.If it got on the wire connectors for instance.You could try checking the connectors, see if they are oily, maybe clean them with a recommended electrical cleaner.
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  • james
    james - 2002 Subaru Outback - Engine - 6/25/2013
    Replaced battery cable now acts like out of gas ??
    battery cable caroded threw, I replaced rith new cable end but now car wont hold idle or stay running if im not revving it high rpms acts like running out of gas or over choked ?? cant even find fuse box, not on sidewall under dash by door like in my old one ???
     
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  • james
    james - 2002 Subaru Outback - Engine - 6/25/2013
    Battery cable replaced now acts like running out of gas
    battery cable caroded threw, I replaced rith new cable end but now car wont hold idle or stay running if im not revving it high rpms acts like running out of gas or over choked ?? cant even find fuse box, not on sidewall under dash by door like in my old one ???
     
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  • patergarcia
    patergarcia - 2006 Subaru Outback - Engine - 6/21/2013
    When the car is at a stop it idles really low. The guage goes almost to zero then bats back up to 1, then back down.
    It feels like it's going to stall then the sensor kicks in and it revs back up.
     
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  • TheDude
    TheDude - 2005 Subaru Impreza - Engine - 6/20/2013
    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.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/20/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Check the coolant level in the radiator and not where the plastic overflow is. Make sure that you open the bleeder valve on the top of the radiator to purge out any air that got trapped after doing the thermostat.
  • joefeff
    joefeff - 2004 Subaru Outback - Engine - 6/17/2013
    Lights surge triggers batt. light abs and brake light on dash will blow fuse for running lights
    periodic not continuous alt surge? should I replace checked on meter 13.1 and I see no surge even under full load I cant trigger it
     
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  • trippychic09
    trippychic09 - 1999 Subaru Legacy - Engine - 6/10/2013
    Why did my upper radiator hose collapse?
    aprox mileage: 160,000. replaced thermostat, ran duraseal head gasket sealant. engine temp is fluctuating. no check engine light on.
     
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  • steininger1939
    steininger1939 - 2007 Subaru Forester - Engine - 6/9/2013
    Emission control system leaks
    Engine light reappears periodically, even after service. Vehicle has failed emissions test twice in Maryland and no leak is detected. VEIP read out says there is a leak. Gas cap replaced smoke test and other tests performed and a leak cannot be located.
     
    • Jimm
      6/9/2013 Jimm
      The check engine light is located on the dash and stays on if the computerized engine control system detects an engine performance or emissions problem.

      First step - have the check engine light or stored fault codes scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' for more assistance.
  • nlevans12807
    nlevans12807 - 2006 Subaru Forester - Engine - 6/8/2013
    Will start if jumped and will go a short distance before shutting off
    All of the guages turn off then all of the warning lights come on before the power steering shuts off and the car completely shuts off. When it shuts off it won't let you put it in any gear above neutral (it's auto) and it won't let you completely disengage the key ...
     
    • frankiedonnn
      6/8/2013 frankiedonnn
      If the new battery is going dead,yes it could be the alternator or regulator.Something affecting the charging rate.When a new battery is installed the charging rate should always be checked at the same time but most people don't do that if the battery is installed at home.Another thing is a short drain in the system.Check drive-belt tension,inspect alternator wiring harness and the connector,check fusible link if it has one( located between starter solenoid and alternator) I suggest you get a Subaru repair manual for your model so you will know what applies to your vehicle.
  • TheDude
    TheDude - 2005 Subaru Impreza - Engine - 5/24/2013
    Why did check engine light lit come on?
    Lit up after hitting high speed(120/125 mph) and it jerked a couple times after easing off.
     
    • Jimm
      5/19/2013 Jimm
      The check engine light is located on the dash and stays on if the computerized engine control system detects an engine performance or emissions problem. There are literally hundreds of possible fault codes.

      First step - have the check engine light or stored fault codes scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance.
    • HouseCallAuto
      5/19/2013 HouseCallAuto
      All vehicles manufactured after Jan 2003 have a program built into the vehicles electronics that stores excessive road speed data. When a vehicle reaches and exceeds105 mph, a data file is stored within the vehicle computer that then is uploaded to local law enforcement computers the next time the vehicle is plugged into the smog station's computer when your vehicle gets it's annual inspection.
      I am just jokin' around. maybe got ya for a second though..
      Buy a code reader at amazon for $25 and plug the reader into the diagnostic connector under the dash and read the fault codes. Update the post with code numbers and I can assist you with a fix for your car.


    • TheDude
      5/24/2013 TheDude
      Okay, the code is: P0244
    • Jimm
      5/24/2013 Jimm
      P0244 = Turbo Wastegate input error solenoid 'A' Range Performance.
      Basically you are overboosting. Are you watching your boost? The stock wastegates tend to overboost in cold conditions and especially in higher gears, just ease off the throttle a bit. Possibly the issue is related to a solenoid malfunction. This is located in the front of the Intake Manifold by the altenator on your model.

      As a first step - verify the wastegate solenoids operation. I suspect it's probably sticking at times or it could be an electrical issue. You'll probably want to buy a Subaru WRX repair manual or borrow one from the public library. Find out what wires are what, where the solenoid is located, etc. Go from there. Verify all wiring & connectors leading to the solenoid. Try applying voltage directly to the solenoid to see if it's working correctly or not.
    • HouseCallAuto
      5/24/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the wastegate control solenoid valve
  • Rhett
    Rhett - 1997 Subaru Legacy - Engine - 5/22/2013
    Occasionally , My car will not start. It may start fine 8-10 times in a row, then the next time it does nothing when I t
    The battery is new(6 mos. old). This has been going on for about 2 mos., steadily increasing in frequency. This happens after it gets hot and will start again after it cools some. A guy at the dealer's shop said it was due to worn contacts in the starter, since the ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      5/22/2013 HouseCallAuto
      What sounds more wierd to me is someone that is going to replace contacts inside of a starter. Starter motor is like $150 to $175 give or take (at a shop with some markup on the parts) for the part without labor. I agree that your cause is a bad starter. What are they billing you for this procedure for parts and labor and will they guarantee that there changing of contacts only will solve your problem and will they warranty the starter to be free from faults again for at least 1 year? Most replacement starters come with a one year warranty, sometimes more. That is why I question whether replacing contacts only is a good idea.