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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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Checked fluids, took her for a ride, and stared at her out in the garage in awe that we now have a Subaru in the garage! Just brought her home Friday, 03 XS automatic. Wife's new car, otherwise it would be a manual!
Changed the air filter, verifed the 30k service had been done by the previous owner, changed the wiper blades and scotchguarded the interior. Made an appointment to have a squeaky driver's window repaired (at their cost of course)...
Similar plans for me tonight. Doing an oil change, filters, plugs, and rear wiper blade. Ooh, I need to remember to grab some plastic tubing from work to try out the wind noise fix. Ours is BAD.

Also hoping to be pleasantly surprised when calling around to some local dealers to see if any maintenance was done on this car! With 156k on the clock, it HAD to have the belt done, but I need confirmation!
garyg7133 said:
Have your VIN number ready. If you have a carfax it's even easier. Carfax sometimes shows the last major service, especially if it was through a dealer. That said, I'd email the local dealerships' service departments and see if they have anything on the vehicle by VIN. I emailed the dealership that originally sold my Foz (it's near Alfred NY an I'm in PA) and they were more than happy to give me info on the car. The dealer who sold me the car last week is going to print up a full report on anything that was done by Subaru when I go in to have the window checked out.

Good Luck with the search for info. :)
You know, I didn't even think of that. I do have a copy of the carfax, and it has no such record. It even shows the one time it was taken back to its original dealer for a warranty claim, back in 04. No service records on carfax since then. Dang it.

Today, I changed the Forester's oil, added a new rear wiper blade, found out the Walmart computer was wrong and sold me the wrong air filter, and saw how truly bald the tires are on this car. I then decided to get our previous car's summer wheels and tires (all-season tires, but we also had snows on steels, which went with the car when it got totaled), so now the Foz is driving around on Cavalier Z24 wheels (got them cheap for the Vibe) with Pontiac Vibe tires (205/55/16). A tad short, but at least they have good tread!

I also realized how much oil is under this engine. Yuck. Of course, I have to comare it to our 03 Vibe that had 182k, and didn't have one bit of oil leakage. Ah well... can't win em all. A little oil seepage won't hurt anyone, I'll get it sealed up. Sux it gets on the exhaust and kinda stinks when you first shut it off.

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So far today, researched symptoms of head gasket failure, and dreaded the idea of mine needing replacement. Wife did tell me the car "drove nicer" with the oil change and tire/wheel swap. Small victories. Still love the car.
Engine out, heads off! Damn head gaskets! Rest of the engine looks good though. Spark plugs were WASTED!

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nadesico81 said:
How many miles were on the plugs?
No clue. Car has 156k on it, I'm guessing at least 100k on the plugs? Ridiculous. I was happy to see that the timing belt did appear to have been previously changed, or just held up reaaaally good for 156k. No mystery leaks found, cam seals, rear main, front main, water pump, all dry. Tempted to just leave them alone.
nadesico81 said:
When I did the timing belt last week I saw no defects with the water pump so I let it be. When I took my timing belt off it did not appear too worn but you never know. Since changeing the transmission fluid and filter the car shifts much smoother.
Well, there's a decent chance it was replaced 50k ago since the belt looks to be in good condition. I'm not going to mess with it, especially with an OEM pump costing $100+. I do need to do trans and diff fluids, guess I'll add that to my list.
Yesterday, stopped by my buddy's shop and had my heads cut.

Today, pulled the oil pan, replaced the rear main seal, some general clean-up (de-greasing of engine and engine bay), did a radio mockup with my JVC plus XM receiver that was in the wife's last car. Looks like it will fit nicely. Probably wire it in tomorrow, although not much fun when you can't test it out.

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Bought a fresh thermostat ($27) and a gallon of coolant ($17) from my local Subaru dealer. I probably shoulda bought the thermostat online at 1/2 price, and just went with some Peak antifreeze at Walmart. Ah well.
(last night)
Flywheel re-installed, oil pan re-sealed, old thermostat removed, water pump inspected. Looks like the car had an OEM thermostat and water pump installed. Hopefully not both original, but both seemed to be in good shape. Thermostat getting replaced, water pump being left alone.

With any luck, engine might be back in the car this weekend...
Last night, finished up my head gasket job, took the car for a test drive. Running good. However, now I'm reminded of all the other little things it needs. All in good time, at least it's back on the road.
Yesterday, finally wired up the XM receiver, and added an AUX cable and 12v plug to the pop-up bin.

Tonight, picking up my wheels with a fresh set of these installed:

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To sum up my Subaru's last 10 days...

- New front sway bar links
- New passenger side ball joint
- Fresh diff fluid, front and back (cheap Walmart dinosaur oil)
- 2x drain and fill of the trans
- 5% tint on back 5 windows, 35% on fronts (did the job myself, came out nice, $40 total)
- Squeezed passenger side mirror gussets, killed wind noise on that side too (did driver's side months ago)
- Drove 1050 miles from Chicago to Fort Collins, CO (25 mpg average)
- Went off-roading west of FTC (a frikkin blast)
- Drove 1050 miles home (25 mpg avg)
- Tightened 4 loose swaybar link nuts (guess I didn't get them tight enough, they got real noisy on the trail.

That's about it. Had a great trip. Was nice to be somewhere a Subaru is truly appreciated. Just about 1 out of every 4 cars in town is a Subie.

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