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I have had my car in Bethel, Alaska for 3 years. It is very cold and conditions are rough. the car has not had a problem starting (in below zero temperatures)…but I am wondering if it is worth taking with me when I move. Does the cold weather permanently mess up the car? How about the transmission? Does salt on the icy roads hurt the car?
Thank You.

Boots at both ends of axle appear intact, no obvious rusting/damage of suspension components, no leakage visible.

Began as an intermittent problem and now is continuous. These lights came on once under warranty and I was informed it was the gas cap. I purchased a new gas cap this time with no change in the dash indicators. The diagnostics state the fuel mix is too lean (before or after stage one I believe).

The dealer spent 4 hrs trying to determine cause without success. Their next step was putting in a new/or used harness. Ka-ching ka-ching Ka-ching!!! Have not given the go ahead. I think the code they got was 42.

Three years ago I bought a 2000 Subaru Outback with a 2003 engine and transmission. Last year we replaced the front passenger axle. This past weekend, the same axle failed, and after we replaced it, we're now hearing a rumbling what sounds like a transmission or drive train issue. When we replaced the axle this time, we had to use a lot of force to get it out. On a side note, I've been having to use the by pass button to get the car out of park, especially when it's cold. Does this sound like transmission to you??

I have an exhaust leak at the wye connection immediately before the mufflers. 1) why do I need two mufflers, and 2) can I replace the left muffler with a longer inlet pipe that replaces the wye connection?

For example, 3 continential contacts that came with the car and 1 cooper tire ?

When I start the car it takes a while to go into gear - as if it needs to build up pressure first. It drives fine going down the road as long as you don't stop and turn sharp right???

Have replaced ECT sensor,can take cap off of radiator with just initial fluid loss from it bein warm after running ad water and still shows hot.no pressure when off it is cool to finger inside radiator. No blowing fluid out, it produces a bubble every so often , but system was back flushed, and blown out doesn't leak till over flow is full it takes 1mile or so before temp is all the way up on gage. I am a mechanic but this has exhausted my knowledge. I am very puzzled I'm disabled and in need of this vehicle badly for dr.appt etc scheduled for surgery on the 19 of December and mite loose leg above knee. Really pressed to fix problem before this date. Need someone's help badly

Driving alone, happens both with no passengers and with passenger. Seems to do this 50% of time since yesterday. I put the passenger seatbelt in the latch to see if it would stop beeping but didn't solve problem.

How much would it cost to replace my airbag sensor? It is on steady (not flashing) when I drive. It's the dash light, not the passenger light. Just happened today, we have had VERY cold weather lately.

Especially in cooler weather. Now getting worse ie. 3-4 and a harder clunk. Had software rebooted. No help. Progressively worse over 3 years. Noise stops after a mile or two.Sensor? Torque? Tranny?

2005 subaru outback. I had timing belt replaced at 100,000 miles, but not the water pump. I now have 150,000 miles. So I'm trying to decide if I should get water pump replaced or wait until 200,000 miles when I replace the timing belt again. Or maybe I don't even need to do it at that time?

At hwy speeds, I get a noticeable vibration when power is applied. It Goes away when steady or decelerating. Wheels just balanced and alignment feels good. This not the same as other posts about shutter on takeoff.

This problem presented itself as soon as I drove it from the dealer (as a new car) but it was intermittent so the dealer would not repair it claiming that the problem did not really exist. Recently the switch stopped working completely and I have a window stuck down and therefore cannot drive the car.

None of the window switches work to turn windows up and down. I replaced the driver door window switch motor, but it didn't help. Ive had this problem on and off for years, but lately the windows-none of them will work at all. Yes, I know there is a window lock button on the door switch and that is NOT the reason for the problem but no mechanics can tell me what needs to be done. Can you help?