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  • eastarr
    eastarr - 2007 Subaru Legacy - Preventive Maintenance - 3/27/2015
    What is usually done at a "B" service?
    Legacy Wagon 2007
    • Teddy B
      3/26/2015 Teddy B
      What it says in your owners manual
    • Jimm
      3/27/2015 Jimm
      Try this website for the details;
  • don-sheldon freund
    don-sheldon freund - 2013 Subaru Impreza - Preventive Maintenance - 8/31/2014
    The tire pressure light on the dashboard is on ..i added air to the tires ...and the light is still on.
    car has 3900 miles. The tire pressure light goes on immediately. Is there a fuse that can be replaced?
    • CVO
      8/31/2014 CVO
      Check the spare tire and add it as necessary.
  • Dan Z
    Dan Z - 2008 Subaru Tribeca - Preventive Maintenance - 8/25/2014
    A/C works and then doesn't work
    My Subaru has 60k miles on it. Yesterday I started driving and the A/C worked for about 5 minutes and then started blowing out warm air. I turned the car off and then back on and the air was still warm. I drove for another hour with the windows down to keep ...
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  • clarice
    clarice - 1999 Subaru Forester - Preventive Maintenance - 3/17/2014
    Air bag light comes on and off while driving
    what could it be a sensor
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/17/2014 HouseCallAuto
      You need to buy a code reader that is capable of reading air bag codes for Subaru. You cannot diagnose the cause without knowing the specific fault code or codes stored.
      3/17/2014 clarice
      where do i get that from
      3/17/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I will locate one for you to speed up your process. Give me a few minutes
      3/17/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I believe that this company Autel sells what you need. It is difficult to wade through all of their products so I suggest you email them and ask what is their cheapest model that can read 99 Subaru SRS (air bag) codes. >> [email protected]
    • clarice
      3/17/2014 clarice
      hello are u there
  • oneononeproductions
    oneononeproductions - 2002 Subaru Impreza - Preventive Maintenance - 8/8/2013
    How much does the replacement of battery cables generally cost at a mechanic?
    The cables are starting to corrode, and there's not enough length to strip them and keep using them. If it's an easy fix, should I just attempt it myself? I have very little experience working on cars.
    • frankiedonnn
      8/8/2013 frankiedonnn
      I don't really know how much a shop wants to replace cables but it not so difficult to do if you try to be patient. Be sure you have the necessary size wrenches or sockets and of course the cables before starting. take the vin# to the dealership and be sure to get the correct cables because the diameter is just as important as the length .Before starting be sure the length is correct by running the new red cable in alongside the old one before removing the old one and see where it connects at the battery pos. red pole and at the starter pole And the black neg. cable to the black neg. minus pole of the battery to engine ground. Connect the engine and starter connection first so as not to short circuit any thing accidently .Disconnect the neg. cable first and reconnect it last . If possible buy a repair manual for your model from a local auto shop. This will give you a good idea of where every thing is on your model subaru. Plus you will always have it if you want to do anything else in the future. Good luck with it .
    • Jimm
      8/8/2013 Jimm
      Take the old cables to the local auto parts store - for an exact match. The replacement cable prices will vary based on the size (guage) and overall length. Usually priced from around $5.00 each on up.
  • gls
    gls - 2007 Subaru Forester - Preventive Maintenance - 7/27/2013
    75k Mile checkup. Dealer replaced parking light bulb but then found both low beam headlights were faulty. Had been wor
    Had been working fine, one was original, other had been replaced 6 mos ago. Strange circumstance that both would blow out at same time?
    • John's Auto Repair
      7/27/2013 John's Auto Repair
      It happens more often than you think.
    • Fuellnjected
      7/27/2013 Fuellnjected
      Cheap parts. The filaments inside the globes are weak and just can't handle the heat / vibration
  • benz806829
    benz806829 - 2009 Subaru Forester - Preventive Maintenance - 7/11/2013
    60000 mile recommended essntial service
    is changing all fluids necessary?
    • Jimm
      7/11/2013 Jimm
      Check the Subaru website for any scheduled maintenence related questions - and which fluids to change;
  • linda2cinder1
    linda2cinder1 - 1996 Subaru Legacy - Preventive Maintenance - 5/18/2013
    Need Selvage safety Certification
    Where on the Island of Oahu can I get a Certified Selvage Safety Certification? thank you
    • Jimm
      5/18/2013 Jimm
      Try this website for more
  • linda2cinder1
    linda2cinder1 - 1996 Subaru Legacy - Preventive Maintenance - 5/18/2013
    Salvage safety certification
    My 1996 suburu lagacy wagon has been labeled a "total loss". To keep driving it I need to get a "Selvage Certification". Are they any auto repair shops that perform that certification?
    • Jimm
      5/18/2013 Jimm
      Try this website for the state of California Salvage Certification information;
  • gary
    gary - 2003 Subaru Outback - Preventive Maintenance - 3/22/2013
    What is the nl pressure in the ac system when the ac is off ?
    2003 suburu outback 2.5 ltr, 168,000 miles. replaced hi pressure hose as old one was leaking. would not hold a charge. Charge dissipitated in 3 days. Took to a mechanic, was told condenser was leaking. Replaced condensor and the O rings from hi pressure hose and ...
    • racel4750
      3/22/2013 racel4750
      Basically ac static pressure is around 50psi (pounds/sq in). Check under the hood and see how many pounds of freon you can add in this system.... you don't want a blown compressor.
  • thornibess
    thornibess - 2006 Subaru Forester - Preventive Maintenance - 3/15/2013
    Why does my car not start when I turn the key until I depress the clutch all the way two or three times? Car has 163K mi
    Happened 2x after/during rainy day.
    • Jimm
      3/15/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; work / faulty clutch, worn / faulty clutch master cylinder, worn / faulty clutch slave cylinder. Check the many on-line parts sources;such as,, or
  • carolhurley1
    carolhurley1 - 2006 Subaru Forester - Preventive Maintenance - 3/3/2013
    Cost ro repair leaking head gaskets
    recently, mechanic said there were "misc. head gaskets leaking in my car, although I am having no problem with car. he gave an estimate between $1800 - 2100. sounds like a lot. is that the usual cost?
    • Joe Boulay
      3/3/2013 Joe Boulay
      This is a very common problem with almost all Subaru cars. $1800-$2100 sounds about right.
      Hope this helps you
      Joe Boulay
      Automotive Technician & Author
      [email protected]
  • jessip1980
    jessip1980 - 1997 Subaru Impreza - Preventive Maintenance - 2/8/2013
    Replaced timing belt just for maintenance now car won't crank just turns over and has no compression
    has 205 thousand had car for about 5 yrs
    • Mike
      2/7/2013 Mike
      You'll have to remove the covers and check the belt.
      2/7/2013 jessip1980
      I have checked over the belt several times u think its just not in time yet
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/7/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Model year '97 and newer the engine is an interference engine. I believe that you misaligned the timing belt somehow, maybe you used the incorrect reference marks. At any case, there is no compression so that means either the valves are already bent after you cranked the engine over with the belt misaligned, or maybe somehow you get lucky and when you put the belt on correctly that the compression will return. I hope that you are following a printed procedure with pictures and you are not just doing this on the fly.
      2/8/2013 jessip1980
      I'll keep trying. Thank u. So even tho it just turned over it can still bend the valves. I had one person tell me that it had to crank and run to bend the valves and it would still crank even tho the valves was bent and it would just run rough
    • Mike
      2/8/2013 Mike
      The information that I have says the 2.2L is not an interference engine.

      2/8/2013 jessip1980
      2/8/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Just about every web site I checked specifically mentioned that the 2.2 was not an interference engine UP UNTIL 1996. From 1997 on it was absolutely an interference engine. The gates web site incorrectly says it is a non-interference engine.
      2/9/2013 jessip1980
      well I know for sure that it is in time now but still no compression and won't crank had a mechanic helping me yesterday and it had him stumpt so I am still back to the drawing board
      2/9/2013 HouseCallAuto
      If you now have discovered that the belt was in fact installed incorrectly and you now have put the belt in the correct position and you have no compression, well then there is no other answer other than bent valves. I truly feel bad for you, really I do.
      2/9/2013 jessip1980
      another mechanic said he had the same problem and he found a blown fuse goin to look at that first but my luck it is def sure a bent valve thank u so much for ur help
      2/9/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You are welcome. Do you really need me to tell you that a blown fuse cannot cause loss of engine compression? If a mechanic told you that, he is not a mechanic.
      2/10/2013 jessip1980
      I'm just thinking he was just thinking cause it won't crank
  • jamesrice1
    jamesrice1 - 2008 Subaru Impreza - Preventive Maintenance - 2/7/2013
    Fuel Filter / Fuel Pump for 08 2.5i: Which is needed and how difficult to install?
    I am currently having no issues but manual says to replace fuel filter at 60K miles. Dealership said the entire fuel pump had to be replaced $300+. In doing a little seaching they sell an after market part which can be replaced after dissembling and re-asembling ...
    • Mike
      2/7/2013 Mike
      Oil & air filters are listed under mainenance, but not fuel. Are you looking in the owner's manual?
  • robbydavis0123
    robbydavis0123 - 2001 Subaru Forester - Preventive Maintenance - 2/5/2013
    What do i do about a bent axle? or is it an axle rod?
    my front passenger side hit a curb and now my tire is hitting the wheel well and i cant drive it.