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Old 03-19-2010, 10:16 PM   #1651
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Problem And Likely Cause: Okay so when I turn right and left, the rear wheels sound like they are dragging. But when I drive on a straight road it seems like its fine. Or when I am starting in first gear it shutters the entire car. Im pretty sure its the driver side rear wheel. The problem at hand could be the result of launching at 5,000(+) RPMS. I guess it had its last launch for the time being. I was wondering if it was the drive shaft or if you could be my rear end.(Hope its the drive shaft) To say the least I'm mad at myself because I just recieved my COBB and was testing out my launch control. What a way to start.
Modifications: TBE, HKS Short Ram Intake, HKS SSQV Atmospheric and COBB Accessport (Stage 2) L/C 91 Ocane.
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Your Story: Just a poor private in the Army. Previous civilian mechanic.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:11 AM   #1652
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Name: Big Cat
Make: 2006 WRX TR
Mileage:60,000
Time Out Of Use: 1 Day
Problem And Likely Cause: Okay so when I turn right and left, the rear wheels sound like they are dragging. But when I drive on a straight road it seems like its fine. Or when I am starting in first gear it shutters the entire car. Im pretty sure its the driver side rear wheel. The problem at hand could be the result of launching at 5,000(+) RPMS. I guess it had its last launch for the time being. I was wondering if it was the drive shaft or if you could be my rear end.(Hope its the drive shaft) To say the least I'm mad at myself because I just recieved my COBB and was testing out my launch control. What a way to start.
Modifications: TBE, HKS Short Ram Intake, HKS SSQV Atmospheric and COBB Accessport (Stage 2) L/C 91 Ocane.
Submitted For Warranty Work (Yes/No): No
Reason Given For Denial: N/A
Your Story: Just a poor private in the Army. Previous civilian mechanic.
Sounds like something in your rear diff has gone AWOL.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:21 AM   #1653
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Alright well I took out my rear half shafts and the rear diff. I havent split the case on the diff yet. When I do what exactly am I looking for that tells me that something is wrong?
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:26 AM   #1654
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If you do not know what to look for, you really shouldn't be going into the differential without help of someone who does.
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:06 PM   #1655
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If you do not know what to look for, you really shouldn't be going into the differential without help of someone who does.
Amen to that. And be aware that the only available "repair" to a rear differential from Subaru is a replacement differential. Subaru does not sell individual parts for the stuff inside the housing in the US.

That being said, if you remove the rear cover and find chunks of metal floating about, start looking for a new diff.
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:45 PM   #1656
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Name: Thunderpaw

Make: 2009 wrx

Mileage: 4000

Time Out Of Use: 1 day

Problem And Likely Cause: Steering gear box leaking

Modifications: none

Submitted For Warranty Work (Yes/No): y
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Your Story: Noticed steering started squeeling, checked the resevoir and noticed it was almost empty. It was brand new and dealership said it was "unheard of" but they fixed it no problem, replaced steering gear.
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:53 PM   #1657
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Interesting. I have seen that on a 2010 Forester at 11k miles. The only one I have seen.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:04 PM   #1658
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Like I said, previous mechanic. I understand the concern, so thank you. I split the case in spite of the advice and found that the top and bottom spyder gear that drive the axle gears are stripped clean.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:11 PM   #1659
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Alright well I took out my rear half shafts and the rear diff. I havent split the case on the diff yet. When I do what exactly am I looking for that tells me that something is wrong?
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If you do not know what to look for, you really shouldn't be going into the differential without help of someone who does.
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:38 PM   #1660
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Mine blew just like that. I paid out of pocket and replaced the diff myself for under $300. $1600 is absurd
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Old 04-19-2010, 04:53 PM   #1661
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Make: Impreza 2.5I

Mileage: 63288

Time Out Of Use: 2 months and counting

Problem And Likely Cause: not sure?

Modifications: None

Submitted For Warranty Work (Yes/No): Yes

Reason Given For Denial: No Oil Change Receipts or Receipts for purchased oil and filters.
Your Story: Wife brought my car home from a short trip to the grocery store and told me it was making a noise. I checked and it sounded to me like a rod knocking ( I do my own oil changes every 3-5,000 miles.) I was also told the oil pan had been removed from my car at some point and aftermarket sealant applied to the pan.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:02 PM   #1662
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Make: Impreza 2.5I

Mileage: 63288

Time Out Of Use: 2 months and counting

Problem And Likely Cause: not sure?

Modifications: None

Submitted For Warranty Work (Yes/No): Yes

Reason Given For Denial: No Oil Change Receipts or Receipts for purchased oil and filters.
Your Story: Wife brought my car home from a short trip to the grocery store and told me it was making a noise. I checked and it sounded to me like a rod knocking ( I do my own oil changes every 3-5,000 miles.) I was also told the oil pan had been removed from my car at some point and aftermarket sealant applied to the pan.
....you've got to hang on to those receipts and keep records if you’re going to do your own service. I do my own but then again I also have records for each vehicle hanging in my garage in folders with clip boards. As for the oil pan, did you buy the car used and/or ever have any issues where it in fact it had been removed?
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:50 PM   #1663
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The car was purchased new by me in 2007. I had no engine work done. In fact the only work done other than oil changes and lubrication was a set of brakes replaced under warranty, and a recall campaign on the fuel tank for a rollover valve.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:52 PM   #1664
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All of my oil changes were with Mobil One 5W30 synthetic oil.
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:56 AM   #1665
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you should tell your wife to stop taking your car rallying
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:15 PM   #1666
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All of my oil changes were with Mobil One 5W30 synthetic oil.
You might want to contact Mobil and see if they will cover your engine. I'm being serious.

Working at a dealer, I cringe when people tell me they use Mobil 1 and I HIGHLY recommend against it. I have seen, with my own eyes, engine failures using Mobil 1 outnumber engines using regular dino oil.

Subarus, for some reason, do not like Mobil 1. They 'drink' it. In other words, you need to check your oil every fill up if you use it because you will go thru 2 qts or more between oil changes doing it at your intervals.

There are multiple threads on here on this topic. I also have an engine failure at my shop right now that was using Mobil 1 and died because of 'lack of lubrication' as determined by the customer's extended warranty company.
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:53 PM   #1667
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You might want to contact Mobil and see if they will cover your engine. I'm being serious.

Working at a dealer, I cringe when people tell me they use Mobil 1 and I HIGHLY recommend against it. I have seen, with my own eyes, engine failures using Mobil 1 outnumber engines using regular dino oil.

Subarus, for some reason, do not like Mobil 1. They 'drink' it. In other words, you need to check your oil every fill up if you use it because you will go thru 2 qts or more between oil changes doing it at your intervals.

There are multiple threads on here on this topic. I also have an engine failure at my shop right now that was using Mobil 1 and died because of 'lack of lubrication' as determined by the customer's extended warranty company.
I have an '06 WRX, it's had mobil 1 since 1,000 miles, only ran through a quart of oil in the first 3,000 miles of use. I have 96k on it now, and run a VF39 with no problems.

On a side note:
Subaru just released a bulletin stating that synthetic oil is highly recommended for all Subarus. All 2011+ Subaru turbocharged vehicles REQUIRE synthetic oil, and highly recommended for all other turbocharged Subarus. Subaru is producing a synthetic 5W-30 oil for the vehicles. The 2011 Forester will also now require a Subaru 0W-20 oil as well with their new engine design.
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:06 PM   #1668
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Where is this bulletin that you are talking about? I have been hearing this "rumor" for a while now and it has been false.
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Old 08-10-2010, 03:26 PM   #1669
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It's not an official bulletin yet. I work at a Service Dept. at a dealer and we got an email recently from our rep about the new Subaru "5W-30 Oil Program". If I could release more on it, I would. But AFAIK, that's all I can do for you at this point. If more info comes out on it, I will be happy to let you all know. I am actually looking at Subaru's 5W30 synthetic oil right now, comes in 1 gallon or 1 quart containers and is in a gold jug. Trust me, it's no "rumor"
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:53 PM   #1670
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I work as a Service Advisor and about 4 of those years have been with a Subaru dealer and up June 2010 I have not heard of a bulletin. I have heard of all the Subaru says, mandates, etc that customers use synthetic oil only rumors which were just that. Since June i now work for another dealership that is non Subaru. That is why I was asking.
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:51 PM   #1671
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From: http://www.cars101.com/

7/30 Synthetic oil - Subaru is now recommending using Subaru Synthetic 5W-30 oil for 2010 and prior turbo engines, and requiring it for all 2011 turbo engines. The oil change interval does not appear to have changed. This oil is also recommended for all non-turbo vehicles, except the new 2011 Forester 2.5L (non turbo) due later this year which will use a 0W-20 Subaru synthetic oil.

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Old 08-10-2010, 07:30 PM   #1672
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Ok thank you. Someone who has got concrete info and not just hearsay.

Sorry I have heard a ton of people who were told by "others" in the past years Subaru engines required synthetic oil, which was not the case.

I also checked my sources and found the new oil program
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:37 AM   #1673
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Man, Cars 101 gets that stuff fast! Ya, we got the oil shipped to us the other day, haven't seen the new Forester oil yet, but there aren't any '11 Foresters on the lot yet either.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:00 PM   #1674
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Cars 101 - Joe Spitz has this disclaimer and all should read/heed it.

"Please read - this independent, unofficial, unauthorized Subaru research site is by Joe Spitz, and is designed to help you learn about Subarus. It is not sponsored, authorized, supported or approved by Subaru or any dealer and is not connected to, affiliated with or supported by a dealer. Always contact your local dealer. Inspect any car prior to purchasing. Information is always subject to change, correction, updating."

Despite the disclaimer, I find his site one of the most informative - even though there may be some typos regarding prices and other matters. All in all, IMHO, the best source of information about Subaru Products in North America.

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Old 08-17-2010, 10:27 PM   #1675
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Anyone have a good phone # for SOA?

My Clutch that was going on an off at 19k is now gone at 37k. It would slip for a day or two here and there. I ended up not doing my due diligence and taking the car to them everytime it did since they blew me off the first time I brought it in. Working full time and going to school full time I just didn't have time to be there at the dealer every other week as was happening.

The dealership gave me a # at SOA, but I can't imagine them giving me a # to anyone but a "No-Man"

I don't hold out a lot of hope for them covering any of it, but $1700 to replace a clutch? They definately are not going to get the work after the problems I've had with the car.

I'm pretty sure they have decided that with the problems I've had, I'm lost as a potential customer, so screw it, we're going to get whatever we can out of it.

Too bad, I like the Trebeca it was on the short list for My Wife's SUV purchase.

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