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The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re Shorter Than Average
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Why does my brake light fuse keep blowing?
The brake light switch is powered by the fuse and then powers the rear brake lights and third brake light also. The power also goes into the body control module to signal to unlock the shifter interlock. I would first...
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hi tim, car leaking antifreeze when it get warm up and the mechanics cant tell from wear. it makes a stream.
Hi Kelley. In most cases when coolant leaks while you're driving, it's being forced out either of a coolant line with a tiny hole or a connection, due to pressure building up inside the coolant system. Most professional mechanics would...
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Power/Engine isues
What you are describing sounds like a sign of a clogged catalytic converter. The catalytic converter converts toxic exhaust gases into less harmful pollutants that are suitable to be expelled into the atmosphere. When this is clogged, this causes these...
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I live at 9,200 ft. in the mountains above Colorado Springs. As long as I drive my '09 Forrester X limited at this altitude all is
Hi there. This issue is rather common with vehicles that deal with dramatic changes in density altitude, such as what you've described. The P0420 OBD-II trouble code indicates that the catalytic converter is not working as efficiently as it is...
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I am looking at a 2000 Subaru Forester for sale that needs "the timing belt repaired". Advice?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The timing belt keeps the camshaft and the crankshaft running together. Without it the vehicle will not run correctly. If the timing belt is on the vehicle and is in poor condition, you may...
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My check engine light and traction control lights are on and the cruise control light is flashing on and off.
Hi There, What you are describing is common for a vehicle with traction control when it has been activated in a situation as you have described. The cruise control is also controlled in some cases by the traction control system...
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Car battery died
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a weak battery that may be beyond recharging. Generally, when a battery does not respond to a jump, it will need to be replaced. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic...
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Motor blown it had 2.5 motor What year motor will fit? 2000 Subaru Forrester
Hi there - the single overhead cam, non-turbo 2.5l engine in your Forrester was produced from 1999 until present day, and should swap with minimal differences. Be sure to include the engine electronics from the "newer" engine for increased compatibility....
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Headers don't have O2 sensor bungs.
If replacing the headers is out of the question, try locating a local exhaust shop that does custom work. It may be possible to weld in an O2 sensor port. Either an exhaust shop that handles custom work or a...
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Fuel pump won't prime.
Hi there. When you turn the key to begin the starting process, more than 20 individual fuel and ignition system components that must all work together in order to start the vehicle. Due to this fact, the best way start...
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When accelerating from stop, rear end hops.
Hi there. Check the suspension and shocks on the rear of the vehicle. If the suspension is loose or the shocks are worn, then the axle will move around or bounce and keep the tires from being in contact with...
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2 yrs old and needs a tranny???
While it not a common thing to have a low mileage transmission failure, it does sometimes happen. It may not necessarily be that the transmission failed as a unit, but a specific part may have failed and the factory recommendations...
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Temperature gauge goes up slightly then back to normal
If you are not running the a/c system at the time you see the temperature gauge go above the middle of gauge and back down every few minutes then this is normal cycling of the cooling fan. If you turn...
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Engine Light Blinking on and off, then dissapear
Hi there. A check engine light or other warning light is triggered, it is due to an error code being stored in the ECU of your Subaru. The error code can be caused by a sensor recognizing a mechanical or...
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I hit a light post while backing in R shift and my car suddenly accelerated forward and hit another car. How is that possible?
Hi there. Since you are planning to use this type of information to defend your position, I HIGHLY recommend contacting a local mechanical expert to provide you with this information. Without inspecting your vehicle, any explanation on our part would...
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Clutch appears to be burnt out.
Hi there. When it comes to replacing the clutch in your vehicle, it is best to replace all of the parts that will connect to the clutch. I recommend replacing the flywheel, the friction disks, the pressure plate (which the...
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The coolant on a 2003 Forester keeps leaking and burning on the left side by the alternator. Only burn when full
Hi there. Based on the location of the alternator on the Subaru Forester, it's quite possible that the leak is coming from one of the multiple coolant lines and bypass lines that are located directly next to or over the...
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Over filled oil gears shift late on turns. Will draining excess resolve issue?
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several things that can happen when you overfill the oil in your engine. The damages can range from high oil pressures (and stress on the system), to complete engine failure. With that...
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Would a cam shaft positioning sensor cause my check engine and AT Oil Temp to flash?
The camshaft sensor will cause the check engine light to be illuminated if it is bad. It will not cause the transmission oil temperature light to come on. This can come on if the transmission is overheating, running hotter than...
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is it possible to put crankshaft sensor where canshaft sensir goes, and visa versa?
For the question as to whether or not you can put the camshaft and crankshaft sensors into the wrong orifice, I don't see this being possible. The physical dimensions would be close, but the protrusion of the sensor pickup should...

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