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Old 11-04-2005, 07:36 PM   #1
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My car is at the dealer again for 3 complaints.

1. As some of you may know, I noticed recently that my temp. gauge fluctuates while driving. I understand that there should be some movement at different speeds, thatís what I was told, and I can live with slight movement. Even though every car I ever owned the stock gauge always stayed at a solid position no mater what. Just the other day I got off the highway, made a sharp left hand turn @ 40 mph and my temp. needle went from the middle position to exactly where the first line of the normal operating temp. starts. The needle dropped instantly. Then it started to climb back up slowly. I can duplicate this at every sharp/hard left turn I make.

2. Constant whine at 63 mph. Sounds like itís coming from the rear diff. They actually said they found a fix for it. Where did they find it? The internet. I guess dealers donít like to diagnose problems these days.

3. Squeak in R/R while going over hard bumps.

I need some input from you guys since I donít want to hear this from them again, "I havenít had any problems with 05's, itís normal". Give me some good feedback because I'm probably going to show them this post.

Thanks.
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Old 11-04-2005, 08:07 PM   #2
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2. Constant whine at 63 mph. Sounds like itís coming from the rear diff. They actually said they found a fix for it. Where did they find it? The internet. I guess dealers donít like to diagnose problems these days.
They did find it on the internet, sorta. They found it in the online Subaru Technical Information System and it's a good thing for you they did. If they hadn't found that TSB (see http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...&postcount=178), they'd probably have tried replacing the rear differential, because that's all you can do, normally, to cure a rear differential noise, and that wouldn't have fixed the problem.

Your first problem sounds like a faulty sensor or wiring. As you noted, the coolant temperature gauge is set up to point the needle at the same spot over a wide range of normal temperatures. The fact that your's dropped like it did is a problem.

Can't say much about your RR squeak except to note that a seal on my 2002 WRX's rear windscreen will also cause a squeak back there when the weather's hot.
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Old 11-05-2005, 08:16 PM   #3
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Finally, someone that agrees with me that its not "normal." Thanks for the quick reply.
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Old 11-07-2005, 09:35 PM   #4
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Becker Wagonmaster is replacing the differential this week, but now they had better explain why if this TSB fix can be done without mucking with the japanese installed part.
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Old 11-10-2005, 07:59 PM   #5
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Well, my car is finally done...somewhat. Haven't picked it up yet. Here are the results:

Concern #1 - Normal Everything is operating as should. The tech had the scan tool hooked up to my car while on a test drive. Not to mention they allowed him to take it home without my authorization. That's a whole different story.

Concern #2 - TSB done.

Concern #3 - They think it has to do with concern #2.

The car was there for a week and they finally finished 1 problem. The temp. gauge still goes down when I take a sharp/hard left turn, but since its not throwing any codes and they cant figure it out, its normal. I'm contemplating whether or not I should put my foot down and tell them I'm not picking it up until its fixed.

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Old 11-19-2005, 09:13 PM   #6
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If I was in your position I would go off on the service manager. If the tech enjoyed your car so much that he wanted to take it home, why doesn't he just buy if from you? I think that's a load of BS that they did that without your knowledge. Either way, I hope that they get you taken care of properly. Good luck!

Oh, and what hte heck took them a week to diagnose those problems? If there is a TSB on something, that should take a day. Replacing the sensor for the coolant, within the same day as the TSB. Who knows man, sounds like hte tech just needed a "rental" for a week if you ask me. Sorry to be so skeptical, although I do not trust anyone else with my car except myself. PERIOD!!!!!
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