2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Subaru Impreza Outback

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2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Problems

Engine Oil May Leak From Camshaft/Crankshaft Front Seals

Front engine oil leaks can develop from the camshaft seal and the crankshaft front seal. If one or more seals require replacement, it may be wise to consider replacing the timing belt as well. These seals are commonly inspected and replaced as needed as part of a timing belt service.

Cooling System Problems Cause Head Gasket Failure

The head gasket has a high failure rate due to cooling system problems. Subaru is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty to 8 years/100k miles on many vehicles.

Check Engine Light Due to Failed Knock Sensor

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of a failed knock sensor. Although the sensor often tests okay, it can fail intermittently, while the vehicle is being driven.

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2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Questions

Heavy Shake/Rattle In Front (1 answer)

At 45mph+ when I let off the gas and coast there will be a rattling coming from the front right side. It shakes the steering wheel but doesn't cause any impairment while driving. When the shaking/rattling is happening if I hit the brakes it stops but when I let off it rattles/shakes again at ...

Can a rear main seal leak cause the cylinders (1 and 4) to misfire?? (1 answer)

My mechanic is saying that the oil leaking on to the O2 sensor is causing the an issue with the wires and the misfire because the gas is not burning properly through the exhaust

broken alternator bolt (1 answer)

Bolt holding alternator to car sheared off not once but twice...this takes out powersteering but more importantly only have 20 minutes of drive time without any radio/lights,etc on because the battery can't charge...this problem has occurred twice driving on a straight road on my way to work ...

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2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Recalls

Recall 09V468000
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2002 AND 2003 IMPREZA WRX VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF SOUTH DAKOTA, NEBRASKA, NORTH DAKOTA, MINNESOTA, IDAHO, IOWA, MONTANA, COLORADO, WISCONSIN, NEW YORK, WYOMING, MICHIGAN, ALASKA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, VERMONT, AND MAINE....

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