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I was driving earlier today and I noticed that my battery charge light and my "brake" light came on... not even 5 minutes later my speedometer and my tachometer stopped working. My initial thought was that my alternator was going out, or that my brake fluid was leaking, but after the dash stopped working, I feel that it may be a bad or broken connection. Any suggestions?

I needed to repair blown head gaskets on my 2001 Subaru Legacy Wagon 2.5L, new brakes, and also had a 90,000 Miles Service performed. Would there be any duplicate charges on my final bill from the Subaru dealer when comparing the work done on these 3 repair jobs? Also, I was quoted that it would cost $2,400 to repair the head gasket problem. After I spoke to the Service Manager, he got Subaru to come up with $1,200, leaving me with the remaining $1,200, plus the cost of new brakes, and the 90,000 mile service. Sorry for the long question. Hope to hear from you and THANK YOU! Ron......

When my car is in park or I'm trying to get out of a tight spot my steering jerks and is hard to turn my wheels. Also it makes a scretching noise. I checked the power steering fluid and it's fine. What is causing this problem?

1. Where is the location of the pvc valve.
2. Below 32 car has a hard time starting. acts like no gas or spark. Once started smells of gas from exhaust. above 32 no problems. Any idears. thanks

what is the fluid capacity for the coolant system???

were do i licate the fuel pump relay

I had the master cylinder replaced, the pedal was mushy and that was the diagnosis and the dealership did repairs for about $500. 6 months later(7,000 miles) it was making noise and I guessed it was brakes. I took it to a goodyear independent and they said it was a $1000 job and it needed pads, new rotors and pads and drums redone. When I questioned that $7000 miles earlier I was told it was ok, they called back and said they would give me a brake and do the job for $800. When I said I would come get the car, they kept it for hours and then everything was grinding and screeching when I left. I took it to the dealer and they said the drums were scared and everything. I had to pay them the $1000. Does any of this sound right?

So out of the blue without any warning my 2001 subaru legacy gt's transmission goes out.Is there anything other than what seems to be obvious that could be the problem?When I Shift the car into gear the idle doesnt decrease and let the car slip into gear as it normally would.Instead it idles down and basicly the car rolls backwards as if in nuetral.......Any help or suggestions as what the problem might be would be greatly appreciated.

Hi, I was just told that the noise coming from my 1994 subaru legacy is my compressor going bad, but the a/c or heat is not on when it makes this noise. Is this possible? Can the compressor make noise even when neither the heat or a/c is on?

2001 Subaru Legacy GT auto transmission 118,000 miles 4 door sedan AWD 2.5 flat 4 cylinder (boxer engine) rear spoiler 87 gasoline grade regular engine oil

I just got back from the Subaru dealership in Scottsdale Arizona after a free multi-point inspection. Below are the issues with it.

Front driver side CV boots are leaking grease. Replace front driver side half shaft instead of replacing only CV boots.

Transmission mounts are broken. Replace.

Timing belt should be replaced since it has passed 105,000 miles according to Subaru scheduled maintenance guide.

Rear differential mounts are damaged. Replace.

Rack and pinion are leaking. Replace.

Money is tight for me and as for most of us. What is/are the essential repairs or replacement I should be doing for it?

I don't drive recklessly or drive in severe conditions. Maximum mileage per month would be about 200 miles, mostly highway. Sometimes in stop and go traffic.

I was thinking the timing belt and CV axle half shaft as top priority to replace.

Below are more details.

CV boots - it's torn through and leaking grease. Because the car has been driven while it's leaking, grease could be seen on the surfaces of other components surrounding the half shaft axle. There's also dirt built-up wherever there's grease, since the grease in the CV boots are thick and sticky. The clamps are still securely in place.

Shall I replace the CV boots ONLY instead of replace the entire driver side half shaft axle?
The axle is Subaru stock. I am thinking it's of better quality since the axle from autozone (retail parts/accessories store) is re-manufactured.

Transmission mounts - it appears the screws on the mount that are supposed to be attached to the transmission are broken. When a crowbar is used, the whole transmission could lifted off the transmission mounts. One indication I notice is whenever I put the car into reverse from neutral, the car jerks/clunks with a loud thud that could be heard from the inside. If I waited longer to feel the reverse gear in place for about 2 seconds, it will reverse smoothly. No noticeable lunges or knocks while accelerating or decelerating.

Rear differential mounts - it hard to view this component as this is my first time looking at it. It appears the rear differential mounts (2 bolts) are not securely attached to the rear differential. No differential fluid leakage whatsoever though.

Steering gear (rack and pinion) - Wet verses. The steering is still generally smooth but it may shudder when negotiating 90 degree sharp turns. There's no power steering leakage. The power steering belt is in excellent condition.

I actually have photos of all the above but I am not sure whether I can post pictures on repairpal.

Please let me know your thoughts.

When my doors are closed and I have the dome light switch to the position where it needs to be to turn the lights off when the doors are closed it will not turn off.

i just replaced the tranny, car free rolls in all gears and will not shift into 2 or 1. any ideas????

2001 Subaru Legacy GT auto transmission 118,000 miles 4 door sedan AWD 2.5 flat 4 cylinder (boxer engine) rear spoiler 87 gasoline grade regular engine oil

I just got back from the Subaru dealership in Scottsdale Arizona after a free multi-point inspection. Below are the issues with it.

Front driver side CV boots are leaking grease. Replace front driver side half shaft instead of replacing only CV boots.

Transmission mounts are broken. Replace.

Timing belt should be replaced since it has passed 105,000 miles according to Subaru scheduled maintenance guide.

Rear differential mounts are damaged. Replace.

Rack and pinion are leaking. Replace.

Money is tight for me and as for most of us. What is/are the essential repairs or replacement I should be doing for it?

I don't drive recklessly or drive in severe conditions. Maximum mileage per month would be about 200 miles, mostly highway. Sometimes in stop and go traffic.

I was thinking the timing belt and CV axle half shaft as top priority to replace.

Please let me know your thoughts.
Many thanks!

how much fluid does the torque converter hold???

Car has 2.5 liter I get a shudder when accelerating but smooths out after reaching cruising speed but, if I accelerate at anytime it comes back.No codes come up and tune up has been done.Car has 85000 miles on it. Never had any problems on it before.

with cold start up(very cold weather 12-9-10), when I turn on the igniton there a winding sound for 1-2 seconds, then the normal cranking sound to start-up. only happens with cold engine. other start-ups are normal during the day. last summer(2009), dealer installed new battery.

The rear brakes need to be replaced 12/2010 at 130K and was just recently replaced at 4/09 at 120K. Why so frequently?
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my daughter's 93 legacy wont start Ihve checked the batt. and terminals but cant find the starter help

thanks

At first just my break light and abs lights were on. Then i began to have problems with breaking, they just weren't very strong any more and sometimes when i would hit the breaks the anti locks would kick in. I replaced the pads and rotars and the break light went off and they had plenty of breaking power ask expected. But the problem with the abs kicking in when i brake is getting worse. Now every time i hit my brakes the abs kicks in. Why is this happening and how do i fix it?

It seems like the Subaru cars don't really need the big repairs until after 100K which is the maximum service contract I could get. Is it worth getting that contract? They want $1,800 for mine.

My vehicle is a Legacy Outback. Some times I smell a burning smell. Some times it smells like oil and other times like hot water. The dealer showed me that I have oil leaking from Head gasket. There is oil accumulated on parts under the car, but I have never seen any oil on the ground where I park. The dealer said I need to replace the Head gasket for $1,500. I have the following two questions, please:
1) A friend was told she had to replace her Head gasket and then a second mechanic said it just needed to be tightened. How do I know if it needs to be replaced or tightened?
2) If I replace the Head gasket, is there any chance, there would be a recurring problem with this car?

Are these the same thing? I had both front axles replaced about a year ago, and now have been told by another shop that the bearings are bad. Please advise

My subie started yesterday morning not staying in 4th gear. It would go in fine, then 'pop' out randomly. After 100 or so miles of driving it starting doing that in 5th also. Then as I went to put it into 1st at a stop light it would not go and would grind if I pushed it at all. Upon getting out and checking everything it smells like it is leaking brake fluid but the resevoir is full. Someone was telling met to check the master cylinder reservoir but I don't see one. Never had a trannie go out that quick before.. so a little confused. Any light you can shine or ideas would be great. This is a great little car but I can't throw crazy amounts of money into it.

subaru legacy L 1993 awd. there is no power to my automatic seatbelts and i was wondering if it could be a fuse if so what fuse box, interior or under the hood?

just replaced the cooked alternator it heated up and smoked

I can't shift into reverse. I replaced the ATF and checked the filter, once I'm in drive I don't have problems. How much would this cost to fix?

my timing belt broke and i need timing marks so i can get it running

lever won't move all the way back ( stuck about middle)

I have a subaru that is having problems with the compurer and I want to change it by miself but I don't know Were is the compurer located?

check engine light stays on