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Verified for the Subaru XT

Engine oil leaks are common from the valve cover gasket and camshaft & crankshaft seals. Replacement of leaking seals and gaskets is recommended.

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Reported by RepairPal and 1 other for the Subaru XT

A hydraulic lifter type noise may be noted, often worse at idle. This can be caused by air being drawn past the oil pump seal allowing aerated oil to reach the valve lifters. Replacing the oil pump seals generally will correct this issue.

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Verified for the Subaru XT

Premature timing belt failure is not uncommon. The recommended service interval is 60K, but belt failures before that mileage have been noted. This 1.8L engine is considered "free-wheeling", therefore the chances of valve damage if the timing belt fails is minimal.

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Verified for the Subaru Legacy

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.

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Reported by Jim Sorrells and 1 other for the Subaru Forester

First the parking lights would not go off-I pulled the fuse except when I needed them. Now my emergency flashers will not go off-I have to disconnect the battery to stop them.What is wrong? My wife thinks the thing is possessed.

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Verified for the Subaru Legacy

The front oxygen (air fuel ratio) sensor element may develop a crack, causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Subaru has recalled certain models to replace sensors that may fail. The Subaru service program number is WXW-80, this is not a government mandated recall.

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Reported by michaelshibley and 1 other for the Subaru Impreza WRX

The air pump rusts out causing the the valves to get stuck open or closed. This appears to happen more frequently around wet areas (snow or humid). There are two valves; for the first one all you need to remove is the inter-cooler, the second valve is between the intake manifold and engine block.

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Reported by lifeson22 and 1 other for the Subaru Legacy

At 150,000 miles, my Subaru Legacy developed a problem with the radio. Depending on my luck, the radio might or might not turn on. Eventually, the radio stopped working altogether, instead making a loud feedback type of noise. Subaru maintenance crew told me that the issue was electrical in nature and would cost upwards of $600 to repair.

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Verified for the Subaru Forester

Subaru issued a recall (WWG-90) because the mass air flow sensor has a manufacturing defect.

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Verified for the Subaru Impreza Outback

The front oxygen (air fuel ratio) sensor element may develop a crack, causing the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Subaru has recalled certain models to replace sensors that may fail. The Subaru service program number is WXW-80, this is not a government mandated recall.

 

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Verified for the Subaru Impreza Outback

Subaru issued a recall (WWG-90) because the mass air flow sensor has a manufacturing defect.

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Verified for the Subaru Impreza

Subaru issued a recall (WWG-90) because the mass air flow sensor has a manufacturing defect.

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Verified for the Subaru Legacy

Subaru issued a recall (WWG-90) because the mass air flow sensor has a manufacturing defect.

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Verified for the Subaru Tribeca

Some problems have been noted with the remote start system. Our technicians tell us that replacing the ignition switch antenna ring and wire harness will generally correct this concern.

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Reported by bajasurvivor for the Subaru Baja

A matter of some three minutes between smelling something burning (and, thankfully, pulling onto the shoulder of I-81 to investigate) and the vehicle bursting into flames. Took 4 firetrucks 45 minutes to put it out, at which point it had literally melted into the pavement, which presented quite a challenge to the tow truck driver who came to remove the carcass. Fire dept couldn't be certain of cause, but best guess was an electrical fire orig...

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