1997 Subaru Impreza Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Subaru Impreza

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1997 Subaru Impreza Problems

Oil leak from rear of engine due to failed plastic oil baffle plate

Rear engine oil leaks may occur because Subaru used a plastic oil baffle plate that failed. This issue is often misdiagnosed as a crankshaft rear oil seal leak or an oil pan gasket leak. Subaru released an updated design of the baffle plate made from aluminum that stops the oil leak.

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.

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.

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1997 Subaru Impreza Questions

My car won't start (2 answers)

I thought it was the clutch safety start switch, but I replaced that and the car still won't start. When it was running fine, the starter never sounded like it was worn out or gave any signs of failure.
What could possibly be the problem?

On Board Computer Communication Failure (2 answers)

Failed Vehicle emission test due to communication status failure. This is second time it failed for this reason. Last time this happened, the dealer said there was nothing wrong with the connection. It pass the retest but paid dealer to do nothing. This may be a fuse issue but manual does not spe...

Shutting off (1 answer)

I have 97 Subaru Impreza that keepss shutting off. Runs for no more than a minute or two then shuts off. I have good spark and good fuel pressure. The timing is good and the water pump. The scanner says it was Mass air flow sensor I changed this but still having a problem.

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