Join Date: Sep 2008
Car: 1999 Subaru Outback
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Changing fuel filter in a 1999 Outback, and some other questions
July I got a 1999 subaru outback station wagon. It got good gas mileage in my opinon (23.5 city / 28 hwy average) until a in about september its mileage steadily went down. Now it gets about 15 in the city. Tire pressure isn't low, the oil is good, air filter is very clean, the fuel injectors are clean now, and when I drive i try to save as much gas as I can (never rev the engine or floor it and I don't idle for long periods of time). But for some reason I am getting poor gas mileage so I go to napa and the sugguested changing the fuel filter. I bought one, and I plan on changing it since I don't know the last time it got changed. What I really need are directions to change the fuel filter safely. I was told that it might be pressureized or something like (even though the guy at napa said it was simple) that so I thought I would come on here and ask for help. Also I wanted to ask how hard it was to change a spark plug by yourself (without much experience working on cars), because it seems pretty hard to reach. I heard a bad one might be another possiblity and I wanted to check.
Another thing, when I turn my car on it takes quite a while for the engine to warm up, sometiems it idles at 1500+ for a few minutes, and when I am driving when it is still cold when it switches gears it gives a big lurch. I was looking for some possible explainations. Also I realize this is like 3 topics in one and I apologize.