2009 Subaru Tribeca Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2009 Subaru Tribeca
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2009 Subaru Tribeca ProblemsVibtation or shutter on acceleration
A vibration or shutter may be noted on acceleration. If the transmission torque converter is suspected a revised part is available to correct this concern.
2009 Subaru Tribeca QuestionsWhy does my air conditioning only work on passenger side? (3 answers)
2009 Subaru Tribeca RecallsHood Opens While Driving
The hood latch may fail and the hood may open unexpectedly while driving. Dealers will first inspect and attempt to clean and lubricate the hood safety and lock systems. If this does not correct the concern, the latch will be replaced with a new current style part. All repairs will be performed free of charge to resolve the concern.
The accessory lights that illuminate the area under the doors are referred to as "puddle" lights. An electrical short circuit can develop when either the puddle light or its connector are exposed to an electrolytic moisture source (such as road spray that has road salt in it) and it penetrates the circuit board of the puddle light or the pins of the puddle light connector(s). The short circuit can generate heat which may melt the plastic resulting in smoke or fire. Subaru dealers will install an additional fused-harness, to protect the puddle light system.
The vehicle dynamic control (VDC) G-sensor was improperly installed on some vehicles. It is intended to face forward, and was installed backward in production. The vehicle may handle in an unexpected way during hard braking, sudden turns, or other quick maneuvers. In extreme conditions, the driver could lose control of the vehicle and a crash could occur. Dealers will inspect the positioning of the VDC G-sensor and correct as needed. The recall began on December 19, 2008. The Subaru recall number is WVG-17.