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2002 Subaru Forester Questions

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My alternator belt needs replaced. I am thinking that it's not called an alternator belt because that repair doesn't exist on your estimate program. The belt is cracked, very cracked. In fact, it looks as if it may break any day now. I would like an estimate to replace it, but I can't get that if I don't know what Subaru and/or the mechanics who repair such things call the thing.

a little background; cruise acted up a couple months ago, cured on its own. Check engine light came on a couple weeks ago. Replaced the cat to clear that up. Was told the cruise stops working when the check engine light comes on and functions when that issue is cleared up. Well, it has not started working yet, and it has been quite long enough to reset if that were the cause. Common causes? Stalk switch on the column? Fuse is OK btw. Any insight?

Cruise has stopped working! Check engine light is also on, but I have a new Cat that should take care of that when I put it on.
The two are not related are they?

how many sensors and much to replace o2 sensor

I've replaced the cat. conv. twice in the past year. Now, the car is not running, codes throwing for cat. conv, o2 sens, knock sens, lean running... By the time I figure out whats ruining the cat. converts I'll have spent WAY more than the value of that car. I'm a single mom, college student and drive ALOT! Time to trade in?

I overfilled my oil when doing my oil change. Drove maybe 50 miles on the highway and when I stopped I could feel my engine shaking. I promptly returned home and changed my oil (When I drained the oil it was jet black after maybe 100 miles) and filled it to the proper level. I figured that I may have fouled a spark plug so I changed them with no luck on stopping the shaking. I've been checking to see if I am losing oil and I am not, there is no sound to accompany the shake nor have I had any smoke coming from anywhere. As soon as I accelerate past idle the shaking stops. Seems that the shaking gets worse as the car heats up, its not near as bad when I first start it.
Thanks!

My brakes are very very weak. When i got the car the brake pads were pretty slim so i changed them. One back rotor is pretty torn up but still workable, but the problem is there was no difference in the strength of my brakes after bleeding, changing pads, and there are no leaks to be found. Any ideas?

where can i get rocking pinion boots for forester 02??

I lost the timing belt at 104,000 Blew the engine. This would be for a full swap to a used motor of equivalent miles.

It will be used for everyday travel of at least an hour distance.

has a misfire code on two cyl.s now. It had a code for cat. I replaced it.[Eastern] It seemed alright but fuel economy was not good and then noticed cat was getting cherry red.Understand why. Changed spark plugs which looked fine. Compression test good. Changed O2 sensor & sp wires both Denso. Had ECU flashed. Since the problem occurs after driving &restarting thinking coil

Check light code is P1443. I can see no leaks. Only happens in very cold weather. Smell seems to be coming from heating vents. Do I have to pay $90 for a full diagnostics?

No drips on garage floor

sticks in cold weather