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Old 11-11-2001, 12:11 AM   #1
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Hey everyone.I'm new to this forum (as well as to Subaru). I've had my 2002 RS 5 speed for 3 weeks now, and it's great. I do have some concerns though.

When I'm driving in a straight line ( more so at higher speeds) my steering seems to be a little "loose". That is, it feels like my front tires are a bit squirly. Not drastically bad, just enough to be irritating. I'm taking it in to get looked at, but I'm just curious if anyone knows anything about it. Allignment, balance? I'm new to anything near a performance car, so forgive me if I sound naive.
What about support bars? Do they improve in line stability, or are they purley for cornering?

Another thing that has been bugging me is the engine noises after I turn the car off. It makes "popping" and cracking noises for about 5 mins. I haven't broken the 1000 mile mark, so is that just the new engine breaking in?

Thanks to everyone in advance. I'm glad I found a place where I can talk w/ people about this car!
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Old 11-11-2001, 09:36 AM   #2
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The popping/crackling is your exhaust system cooling and shrinking again. When you run the car, the exhaust gets hot (duh!) and expands. When it cools, it shrinks and clicks.
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Old 11-14-2001, 12:51 PM   #3
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Hey everyone.I'm new to this forum (as well as to Subaru). I've had my 2002 RS 5 speed for 3 weeks now, and it's great. I do have some concerns though.
Welcome! You picked a pretty good place to ask questions. THere's a lot less flaming here than other places

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When I'm driving in a straight line ( more so at higher speeds) my steering seems to be a little "loose". That is, it feels like my front tires are a bit squirly. Not drastically bad, just enough to be irritating. I'm taking it in to get looked at, but I'm just curious if anyone knows anything about it. Allignment, balance? I'm new to anything near a performance car, so forgive me if I sound naive.
My first guess is alignment. Sometimes cars are delivered from the port with the alignment off a bit. Having a good alignment done can make a HUGE effect on how the car feels. Also, check your tire pressures. Low pressures can make the car feel a little "soft" or "bouncy".

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What about support bars? Do they improve in line stability, or are they purley for cornering?
I'm not quite sure what you mean by "support bars". Sway bars (also called "antisway bars". Go Figure.) will reduce body roll when cornering. That can reduce understeer / increase oversteer. I'd recommend you get to know the car and how it handles better before making suspension modifications.

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Another thing that has been bugging me is the engine noises after I turn the car off. It makes "popping" and cracking noises for about 5 mins. I haven't broken the 1000 mile mark, so is that just the new engine breaking in?
It's just various engine bits cooling and shrinking. The popping and ticking is normal. Don't worry about it. It will probably persist WELL past your break in (like for the life of the car).

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Thanks to everyone in advance. I'm glad I found a place where I can talk w/ people about this car!
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Old 11-14-2001, 03:21 PM   #4
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I second checking the tire pressures. My RS came off the truck with 50psi in each tire...that could cause some handling perculiarities. Also, the stock tires aren't that great, but between alignment and tire pressures, you should be able to solve the problem.
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Old 11-14-2001, 04:43 PM   #5
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As part of the Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI), the dealer's technicians are SUPPOSED to inspect tire pressure and alignment. To me, "inspecting" the alignment is the same as "performing" an alignment, but who knows what it means to the technician. And, sometimes, steps are skipped.

I have a '95 Legacy L wagon (90k miles) as well as the '02 WRX, and they both insist on making loud ticking and cracking noises from the exhaust system long after they've been turned off.
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Old 11-15-2001, 09:45 PM   #6
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Unfortunately Pre Delivery Inspections seem to usually be pencil whipped or checked off while on a quick jaunt to have the car cleaned up. I'd check the tire pressures first. Sometimes dealers/manufacturers under inflate them to make the ride seem softer. If the tire pressures are correct I'd have the alignment checked out. I would think that this would be done for free under warrantee. Just my opinion.

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Old 11-18-2001, 01:51 PM   #7
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Thanks to everyone. I adjusted the tire pressure and it rides ALOT better.
Thanks again!
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