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  1. Cooling fans turn on high when key is on, but engine not started.

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    You have to buy the whole fan assembly fan controller included. They're not cheap. I bought one for our H6 when I mistakenly thought it was wonky so, if you can't find one locally, I've got one on the shelf I can make you a deal on. fwiw, I don't think dorman anything is any good but that's...
  2. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    Thwarted, today. I had intended to install the rear struts and axles. Crawling under the car to reinstall the rear struts, I could not, for the life of me, get the bottom strut hole to budge. When installed, it was clocked incorrectly, putting it ~30+° out of wack.. looking further.. there's...
  3. Timing... what would you do?

    Problems & Maintenance
    Yikes! I recently put a timing belt kit on a friend of mines WRX. Aisin of course. I was surprised to see that the kit included a duplicate double bearing idler instead of the single bearing idler they typically come with at the lower left point of the crank. He only had ~60k miles on the car...
  4. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    Thanks. Yeah, I'm going to have a look at my owners manual too. I did notice there was a FWD fuse in the engine compartment fuse box. I thought that feature was only on the 99-04 but I stand corrected. Of all the cars I've bought over the years this is the first that had significant spare wear...
  5. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    So.. you're pretty well caught up on the progress. At some point before the interior went back in I managed to find some time to polish up the headlights too, which I suppose I should add in... Using the same heavy cut compound as the paint work and my drill... Much better than they used to be..
  6. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    So the car was brought back into the shop as you've read and the ball joints had been pulled along with the axles. While I wait on the ball joints from Subaru, it was time to focus my attention on the exterior of the car. We've got some paint work to do and we'll get to it as soon as we get a...
  7. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    I had a weather window to get the interior reinstalled. I knew rain was coming but I wanted to get the car washed before I pulled it back in to the shop. I ended up washing the car in the rain. I think folks in my neighborhood who drove by that day thought I was nuts... Nice to have the car...
  8. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    I thought this was funny... It took him about ten minutes to respond so.. ~3 hours to reinstall the interior wasn't bad. I made the mistake of pulling the center and outer vents on this car because it was so dusty down in there. I suggest finding another way to clean down in there. When I...
  9. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    The following day I turned my attention to the interior bits of the car that I didn't clean when I cleaned the floor. These spots include the dash, door panels, shifter area, steering wheel, etc. I spent a good hour on the steering wheel alone. They're always the nastiest. The headlight switch...
  10. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    Of course, we're paying close attention to the details when cleaning.. it's a big job and it takes time. Settle in knowing you're going to be exhausted when you're done. Take breaks as needed--don't skip the fine details... it's the little things that end up being the most important... I spent...
  11. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    Now, it's time to turn our attention to the parts and pieces of the interior.. the guts.. starting with the seats. It's Mr. Steamy's time to shine once again. Of course, being leather seats, we've got to be careful with him because the steam can, and will, destroy the leather. Utilizing more...
  12. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    As usual, once the carpet is out, it's time to start cleaning. It might sound weird to you but I've found scrubbing bubbles to leave the interior really.. REALLY clean. It also does a good job of disinfecting and killing off all the nasties that might be hanging out under there making bad...
  13. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    Well, much has been done with this car since the last time I updated. The interior has been gone through, cleaned, sterilized and is reinstalled. The car has had a paint correction (? I'm not really sure if what I've done qualifies as "correction.) I've located all it's missing parts and made...
  14. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    My wife is pretty keen on this car actually. Finally.... I've been putting together cars for her that she'll take as a replacement to the overheating LL Bean. If the OEM radiator fixes the running hot condition we might decide to cut it loose in favor of this one. That's the plan...
  15. Free SSM connection question

    Problems & Maintenance
    Do you have access to any other Subarus? RomRaider is a bit of a nuisance to get up and running but you could try that. My money is on it being the cable. I'm having the exact same problem with RR and FreeSSM with a laptop I had working last year. I think my cable is dead :rolleyes:
  16. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    You may have noticed there's a different color front bumper along with a set of headlights, fog lights and a new grill. My local pick and pull just got an 05 Outback in that in pretty good shape, so, I went and robbed some parts off it. You may be disappointed that we're not going to go through...
  17. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    With that mystery out of the way, it was time to go on a treasure hunt. I had managed to get the interior out the night before, but it was late, I was freezing, pissed and hungry. Now, it was time to find all the money that had been lost over the years that made its way under the carpet. This...
  18. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    After the brakes the car was able to roll out of the shop under it's own power.. but then she puked all her guts out.. I busted my ass to get this done that evening so I didn't really take many pics of the process. I did grab some pics of things I thought were interesting though... I hadn't...
  19. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    This is the first car I've done that actually needed brakes when I did them. Like.. now needed brakes. The degreaser and powerwashing didn't help the rotors at all but we're changing them out anyways.. Gotta get that face cleaned up good before putting on the new rotors.. Pushing the...
  20. I should stop browsing Craigslist... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Gen 3: 2005-2009
    Since the front bumper was off, it was time to address where all the windshield washer fluid was going. You'll remember the mess it made.. This be why... I decided to pull the inner fender liner so I could cut the hose back to where it was solid again since it was very, very, very dry and...
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