2010 Subaru Outback Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2010 Subaru Outback

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2010 Subaru Outback Problems

Vibtation 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.

Cooling System Problems Cause Head Gasket Failure

The head gasket has a high failure rate due to cooling system problems. Subaru is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty to 8 years/100k miles on many vehicles.

Engine Oil May Leak From Camshaft/Crankshaft Front Seals

Front engine oil leaks can develop from the camshaft seal and the crankshaft front seal. If one or more seals require replacement, it may be wise to consider replacing the timing belt as well. These seals are commonly inspected and replaced as needed as part of a timing belt service.

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2010 Subaru Outback Questions

My right rear inner brake pad rubbing against rotor. Outside releases fine. I have replaced pads, rotor, caliper, rubber brakeline. what else would cause just the inner pad to rub down to nothing? (2 answers)

And on my dash, the check engine, brake light, cruise control, and anti swerve light all on. Caliper been inspected and is functions

Which suspension parts need to be replaced for my groaning 2010 Subaru Outback? (1 answer)

I live at the end of 2 miles of very rough gravel road. My Outback is making a lot of noise underneath. Since lubricating zerk fittings are a thing of the past, what do I do?

Check Eng, Anti-skid on with Brake and Cruise lights flashing. (1 answer)

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).

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2010 Subaru Outback Recalls

The Engine May Start Unexpectedly

On 2010-2013 Subaru models equipped with an automatic transmission and Audiovox accessory remote start system, if the key fob is dropped it may begin randomly transmitting a request to start the engine, causing the engine to unexpectedly start and run for up to 15 minutes. The engine may continue to start and stop until the battery in the fob goes dead or until the vehicle runs out of fuel. If the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area, there is a risk of carbon monoxide build-up which may cause asphyxiation. Original equipment keyless entry fobs integrated on the vehicle key are not affected. Dealers will replace the affected key fobs to correct this concern.

Puddle Lights May Melt or Catch Fire

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.

Front Windshield Wipers May Stop Working

Components inside the front wiper motor bottom cover may overheat. If the bottom cover overheats, the wipers may stop working, which can reduce visibility and increase the risk of a crash or fire. Dealers will replace the front wiper motor bottom cover assembly to correct this concern. The Subaru recall number is WVV-32.

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