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What did you do to your subie today?

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Thought it would be fun to start a thread on everyday things we do here and there to our beloved Subarus. The weather is getting nicer, so I'm sure we will all be outside more tinkering on our cars.
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Today has been a busy day for me! Got my Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 tires in yesterday from Tirerack for the Sti and had them mounted and balanced today by a real cool guy off of Nasioc. If anyone wants his info in the PNW PM me. He runs a legit business out of his home doing tire stuff n such, for a really good deal. But let me tell ya, these tires are STICKY!!! They pick up gravel everywhere but they are SOOOoo nice! It feels like a different car

When I got back from joyriding the STi in it's new tires, I washed the Forester (for the second time this week) and finally got around to hand waxing it. Looks pretty, but boy is there a lot of bumps and bruises on it!

What did you guys do to the subarus today?? :biggrin:
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yesterday installed a Curt hitch on my new to me 2001 Fozzy. was an easy job.

Today used the Foz to go mow 2 lawns, it pulled my trailer with a 1,200 pound mower with no problem.

only had it a few days now, going to take some time and look it over good and see if I can find out why the over head clock is not working. now to find the fuse
Your clock not working is most likely because of a connection on the print. If your a bit handy You can fix it yourself.
Thanks I will check that out. I do know how to solder.

this is my first Foz,so I am in a big learning curve.

any tips are always welcome.
Your clock not working is most likely because of a connection on the print. If your a bit handy You can fix it yourself.
Thanks Elmy,that was the problem, got it fixed. I hated not having a clock in the Foz.
oh thats sweet, nice ride for sure. how ya like it so far?
Thanks amigo! I'm really psyched. I bought it from a dealer in the middle of nowhere,
Yeah I just got my first Fozzy, 2001 auto trans. I had to drive 100 miles from home to get it. but it was worth the drive. 1 owner, 107,477 miles on it. clean as a pin inside.

so far I love it,but it seems to want to be hard on the turns,like the front wheels are fighting to turn. as soon as you release the wheel it straightens up.

does not drive anything like my old 1990 legacy wagon with the 5 speed.

I got it to be my daily driver and to tow my lawn care trailer. so far it is doing a great job towing.

what year is the one you picked up?
Read the manual and checked the oil level and looked it over better. still learning it.
sadly the manual did not tell me what I was looking for? do all the Foresters with the autos seem to pull like the front wheels are doing the pulling? when I make a turn it wants to just about jerk the wheel out of my hand to go straight? is this normal?

I know my 5 speed 1990 legacy did not pull like this..

How do other Fozzys handle?
The auto got like 90% on the front wheels until slipping. If your not slipping and your car is almost jumping when trying to take a turn then it seems like your centerdiff is binding(yes I know it don't have one but I lack the name for it, transfer clutch?)
not really jumping it is smooth, just fights the steering wheel.
just wondered if this was normal.

it may just be the feel since you said the front is doing 90% of the pulling.
I had an older Outback Legacy Wagon 4EAT loaner '97. My friend has a 2008 Forester 4EAT. They just feel a lot like front wheel drive compared to a 5 speed MT which always has 50-50 split. I don't like the handling feel of the auto either.

good luck with yours; i hope it lasts a long time!
Ok thanks, thats what I wanted to hear was that was a normal feel for the automatics.

now I am off to go mow another lawn...woo hoo another excuss to drive the
I believe if you're driving low speed (as on snow) if you have it in 1 or 2 it forces auto to stay at 50-50 instead of 90-10. Not sure if this is covered in the manual or not, but you may want to check it out and know before you get in any dicey conditions where this maybe helpful.
ok thanks for the info, it pulled my trailer just fine today, sure is nice to not have to shift gears with that heavy trailer behind me. and the power the Forester has vrs. the old 2.2 legacy wagon is sweet. I am not afraid to pull out on the highway now.

the more I drive it the more I love it.
ok I washed my Fozzy today after getting it dusty
remote started my forester in first and into the garage door . FAIL.
filled the tank for the second time and drove 50 miles and the gage still has not moved.

calibrated the compass. noticed the gear shifter selector is not lighted so need to figure out how to open it up to check the bulb. that is on todays to do list.

oh and yesterday got my permanent tags for it. no more paper 30 day
yesterday drove a pilot friend to go pick up his BMW convertible, he liked the Fozzy.

today towed the mower to mow another customers lawn, so far it is towing the trailer with out issues.
refilled the tank to do a mileage check. at a 1/4 I had driven 278.5 miles and most of that was with pulling the heavy lawn care trailer and that with several inclines on my routes.

Happy to report it has exceeded my expectations on towing the trailer.
washed mine for the First time. yesterday went to radio shack and brought home a 10' antenna mast duck taped to the top rack.
Finished the job of replacing the Timing belt on my 2001 Fozzie.

I am going to share an old biker tip that is useful as well on the subie.

when taking the crank pulley bolt loose and needing to keep the crank from turning and easy and safe trick is. pull out a spark plug and take some thin nylon rope and feed into the cylinder,then turn the crank by the bolt until the piston lodges the rope against the head. then when you have the bolt tightened again just turn the crank the opposite direction and pull the rope out.

mine is the SOHC 2.5L and the belt change was simple. I did it the same way as the video on youtube that showed holding the belt to the pulleys with some office paper clamps. belt cost me $49.00 from advanced auto.

hope this tip helps someone else that needs to do this job. my engine was at 108,000 so I figured this as preventive service.
strapped the tail boom to my helicopter to the roof cross bars and drove 60 miles to martinsville Va. to get the tail boom welded, it rode great and the Forester just cruzed right along.
CEL came on again but it has been doing that some and going back off on it's own. did not seem to effect the power or gas milage.

the more I drive it, the more I love my Fozzie.
had to plug a flat tire on the rear, that sucked luckily I was at home when I found it flat.

then drove it to the car wash and gave it a bath.
yesterday the AC belt broke on the way to a lawn care job, was only 95 here,so yeah great time for it to break. got home from mowing the lawn and decided since the alt. belt has to come off anyway. i replaced both the alt. belt and the AC belt.

so far have owned it a bit over a month and the more I drive it the more I like it.
and happy to say it is towing my 1,200 pound commercial mower and trailer just fine. fully expected the trans temp light to come on yesterday when towing, but so far no problems. now to see if I can fix my center AC vent.

love my Fozzie.
Ok thanks for the advice,I want to keep this baby healthy. so far no issues.but hey anything that can make it better is worth it.

I have noticed it dose like to change gears a bit, but not to bad, mainly up and down hills.

also I start off easy with it and let it build up speed.
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