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Car starts very weakly after filling up with gas.
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Sometimes the gas cap vent tends to get stuck shut making the fuel system go into a vacuum. Check the gas cap for the seal to ensure that it is sealing. Make sure...
I had an oil change and Castrol GTX was used, which I assume is not a synthetic oil. Will that harm my engine.
Synthetic vs conventional oil is one of the most debated myths surrounding the topic of oil changes. This will not hurt your engine when switching from synthetic to conventional or vice versa. In fact, Synthetic blend oils are actually a...
I cannot find the torque specific to add a strut bar
Assuming you are referring to the top 3 12mm nuts, these should be torqued to 14-20lbs. These are very delicate, so use caution when tightening.
Clutch lost all hydraulic pressure after difficulty engaging gears while using the clutch.
Hello. This situation is usually a failure of either the clutch master or slave cylinder - they simply wear out. If you have any clutch fluid on the drivers side front carpet, the failure is the clutch master cylinder. If...
I'm interested in Buying a Subaru Legacy, because I'm starting a new family.
There can't be any expectations with how good or bad a vehicle will be after buying it. However, we do have technicians that do pre-purchase car inspections. If you would like a professional technician to come take a look at...
My Subaru 1998 outback dimming lights didn't work, now won't start.
Hi, thanks for writing in. This is likely a charging system issue. This can happen when the alternator is failing and does not charge the battery properly which is what causes the dimming lights and the non-starting problem. A dead...
The power windows wont work.
The power windows are controlled by a power window relay in the inside fuse panel and powered by fuse number 26 in that panel. The relay is turned on and off with the ignition switch to power the fuse 26....
My car instantly overheats
Hello. This is a common issue when the thermostat is failing. This may also be caused when the coolant fan relays are not working properly. If the thermostat is stuck closed, this may cause the coolant to not circulate properly...
Computer reads an issue with the oxygen sensor on a Subaru Forester 1999 2.0 Turbo. What is the problem?
Your 1999 Subaru Forester has pre and post catalytic converter oxygen sensors. The pre-converter sensor optimizes fuel trim while the post converter sensor monitors the efficiency of the catalytic converter. A failing pre-converter sensor will degrade vehicle MPG performance. Although...
What other damages occur when the idler pulley freezes?
An idler pulley will never prevent an engine from ever running again. An idler pulley just has a ball bearing inside of it that can dry out over time causing it to get hot. If the issue is not resolved...
My check engine light came on with code P0303 (Misfire in the 3rd Cylinder), Can I drive it until next Wednesday without damage?
To replace the spark plugs for all cylinders will be in the $200 to $300 dollar range depending on location parts and labor pricing. The price does not include additional parts or labor.
The car loses acceleration intermittently
Hello. It would be recommended to have the vehicle looked at by a certified mechanic. They should have the specialty tools and techniques to identify the problem and repair the situation correctly, and avoid any damage or injury. This could...
Is this car worth buying?
As you know, with any car the life expectancy of it depends largely on the maintenance schedule the owner has maintained, the driving conditions it is subjected to, the driving habits of the owner and many other factors. When a...
car going hot then cold back to hot then cold again
The information given is not enough to definitively say what the issue is. Consider the following questions. Is it the dashboard temperature gauge that is reading like this, or have you checked the actual engine temp with an infrared thermometer,...
Just replaced spark plugs and wires in my car and now it sputters at an idle in park.
Hello and thank you for your question. To check the spark plugs, simply remove one spark plug at a time and place it on the ground somewhere away from the engine's belts and away from the spark plug hole. ...
My buddy has a Subaru Forester that I have replaced the fuel injector o-rings on 3 times now and it continues to blow the rings
Are you using any type of lubricant while installing the injectors into the rail? If you are installing them dry, they may be binding and not seating correctly. A silicone spray lubricant would work best in this situation. Only use...
Car won't start. When trying to start, starter makes a clicking noise and then closed back hatch recloses.
It sounds like there is some type of drain on the battery. When there is low voltage in a battery, it can cause several symptoms. The electrical systems can act very strangely when they don't have the correct voltage being...
Heavy vibration when braking above 40 mph. Also vibrates in the steering wheel
This may be a variety of things, such as wheels and tires out-of-balance, poor alignment, worn or failing wheel bearings, worn or failing control arm bushings, or worn or failing suspension components. A wheel bearing will usually fail due...
What is the torque setting on my tire nuts? - 2017 Subaru Legacy
Your lug nuts should be torqued to 80-90 foot pounds. This is fairly standard on most cars. You may want to check the torque after the first few hundred miles as well since lug nuts sometimes back off a bit...
I cannot find the torque specific to add a strut bar in foot pounds
The "correct" amount of torque applied to a fastener depends on many factors including the desired clamp load, the strength of the bolts you are using and the condition of the bolt threads including the type of plating thereon and...

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