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New to Subaru’s, just picked up a ‘01 Outback with 149k and the H6 motor. Loving the AWD already, and I’m a big fan of hiking/camping so I know it’ll come in handy.

Looking to do a couple add ons in the near future gearing up for summer.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Can’t wait to read up on all the valuable information on here ?
 

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Welcome to the old Beaner club.

If power steering sounds terrible, it's the o-ring and super easy to fix (good youtube videos on this).
You want premium fuel.
Check/change your PCV.
Check your oil cooler, they leak often. It's messy, but an easy fix.
NGK plugs if it is due, actually easier to change if the valve cover gaskets are needing replaced.
Polish your headlights if needed. Suggest Phillips VisionPlus for low beams and doing the 9011 HIR1 upgrade for high beams.
 

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all 4 tires must be identical and within about 2-3 32" wear of each other.

If you must use a donut spare or odd-sized tire, use the FWD fuse location in fuse box under the hood

if the car is ever towed - must be on a flatbed.


check the 'tab-slots' at the bottom end of the intake filter box - easy to install top and miss the slots or, slots break on older cars.


check the 'sticky' threads at the top of the gen 2 forum

+1 to premium fuel
 

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Very nice looking car SeattleSpidey. I'm kinda looking for something similar or maybe something like this in a Gen 3.

Good luck with it.
 

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Haven't been posting much, but definitely reading through the website and learning a bunch..
since its my 1 year anniversary of owning the car, I thought I would update on what I have done with it so far.

shortly after buying it I build a simple sleeping platform with storage underneath that I can use without having to remove the rear seats etc.


so far its been a great car for me. I had a small over heating issue that would only happen when at a stop for a longer period of time ( like in a drive thru or stop and go traffic).

So I started replacing cooling parts starting with the more inexpensive parts first.
I replaced the:
Radiator Cap
Thermostat
Radiator and rad hoses
Flushed Coolant System and added new fluids with Subaru Conditioner

Havent had an issue since, so im hoping that did the trick.

Also added the roofrack that I found used on OfferUp and replaced the broken fog light with and OEM one I found at the local Pick-n-Pull.


now I am getting the P0420 code though. Was told it could be the upstream O2 sensor but not 100% sure bout that.
Looking at just replacing the CATS with OEM spec aftermarket parts, but open to other options as well.
 

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P0420 is very rarely the cat.

Usually a failing sensor or exhaust leak. See the giant P0420 thread here.
 
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Thanks for the heads up. I picked up the o2 sensor so Im hoping that clears things up.

picking up some new tires in the near future. hoping to pick up something a little more aggressive for all the adventures, but nothing that will compromise fuel efficiency or be too noisy.
 

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Thanks for the heads up. I picked up the o2 sensor so Im hoping that clears things up.

picking up some new tires in the near future. hoping to pick up something a little more aggressive for all the adventures, but nothing that will compromise fuel efficiency or be too noisy.
hope you bought a Denso, (or maybe a NTK/NGK)

Bosch and the rest don't work like the OEM, and only confuse the ECU, waste gas, and make for odd running.

and Denso is probably the OEM today that Toyota / Subaru are together like peas and carrots.
 

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hope you bought a Denso, (or maybe a NTK/NGK)

Bosch and the rest don't work like the OEM, and only confuse the ECU, waste gas, and make for odd running.

and Denso is probably the OEM today that Toyota / Subaru are together like peas and carrots.

Yea I picked up the Denso one of Rockauto.

Recently did the spark plugs and air filter since I wasn't sure when they were done by the previous owner. Next I plan to do the fuel filter, and a new set of tires.

The previous owner has mis match tires a pair up front and a different pair in the rear..not sure for how long they've been on the car. do I need those off asap? what happens when tires don't match for these AWD vehicles? this is my first subie and first AWD car.
 

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Yea I picked up the Denso one of Rockauto.

Recently did the spark plugs and air filter since I wasn't sure when they were done by the previous owner. Next I plan to do the fuel filter, and a new set of tires.

The previous owner has mis match tires a pair up front and a different pair in the rear..not sure for how long they've been on the car. do I need those off asap? what happens when tires don't match for these AWD vehicles? this is my first subie and first AWD car.
subarus like this need all the tires the same diameter and tread type.

if not you get torque bind, and need to open up things other subaru people don't open....as you need to swap parts that don't ordinarily break.

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if you got no use for real snow tires. make them A/T. (like yoko geolanders, or some other flavor short of BF goodrich Ko2 on their own rims).

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fuel filter is not so important on this type as the junk usually stays in the tank from filter / screen on the pump pickup. ...have I changed them,...yes. important no.
 
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subarus like this need all the tires the same diameter and tread type.

if not you get torque bind, and need to open up things other subaru people don't open....as you need to swap parts that don't ordinarily break.

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if you got no use for real snow tires. make them A/T. (like yoko geolanders, or some other flavor short of BF goodrich Ko2 on their own rims).

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fuel filter is not so important on this type as the junk usually stays in the tank from filter / screen on the pump pickup. ...have I changed them,...yes. important no.

Thanks for your advice! just trying to take care of this gem more then the previous owner did. I hike and camp a ton, so a reliable vehicle is definitely a must.
 

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Still having the over heating issue at random times if I am sitting at idle for to long. I noticed that only one of my radiator fans is coming on ( passenger side comes on) but the drivers side one doesn't seem to.

Only thing I can think of that could be the issue now is that fan, the water pump, or maybe head gasket.
 

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pretty sure the fans should both be on and they can go from low speed to high speed. When the car is moving forward, there's really no need for the fans so, the car overheats when stopped or moving only very slowly due to reduced airflow.

as for sources of leaking coolant, ; could be 18 year-old hoses if they're original, could be a bad rad cap, leaking radiator at a crimp or a crack, could be from the little overflow hose.......

some parts stores will loan out a pressure test rig for the cooling system. Also, pull the overflow tank (save the coolant in a separate disposable container if it's new-ish) put some ice cubes and a little water in it, shake like crazy to clean it. Debris on the bottom 'could' clog the o'flow tube. Cut the bottom of that tube at a 45* angle when you reassemble the tank. At the tube's other end, put a coupla small zipties to act as a clamp at the radiator's neck. Get a new OEM rad cap if original or aftermarket (not typical motorad or similar parts store unit) .

ideally, you should confirm the car has an OEM thermostat.

if you think you need a pro to handle these issues, getting your car to http://superiorsoobie.com/ near Portland would be a very good idea. Someone else may be able to suggest a shop closer to you. Ask in a new thread.

you might have 2 problems but, the fan issue 'may' be the main issue and old rad cap or other parts/connections may be leaking the coolant when the system gets too hot.

DEFINITELY watch the level of coolant in the rad. while this is being fixed - never trust the level in the overflow to reflect total system volume.
 

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...if you think you need a pro to handle these issues, getting your car to Superior Soobie And Import | Portland, Oregon | Subaru repair and upgrade specialists near Portland would be a very good idea. Someone else may be able to suggest a shop closer to you. Ask in a new thread.
We've recommended Superior Import Repair in Portland, www.fixmysubie.com. As far as I know, these places are different.

As noted there may be members in Seattle with closer recommendations.
 

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pretty sure the fans should both be on and they can go from low speed to high speed. When the car is moving forward, there's really no need for the fans so, the car overheats when stopped or moving only very slowly due to reduced airflow.

as for sources of leaking coolant, ; could be 18 year-old hoses if they're original, could be a bad rad cap, leaking radiator at a crimp or a crack, could be from the little overflow hose.......

some parts stores will loan out a pressure test rig for the cooling system. Also, pull the overflow tank (save the coolant in a separate disposable container if it's new-ish) put some ice cubes and a little water in it, shake like crazy to clean it. Debris on the bottom 'could' clog the o'flow tube. Cut the bottom of that tube at a 45* angle when you reassemble the tank. At the tube's other end, put a coupla small zipties to act as a clamp at the radiator's neck. Get a new OEM rad cap if original or aftermarket (not typical motorad or similar parts store unit) .

ideally, you should confirm the car has an OEM thermostat.

if you think you need a pro to handle these issues, getting your car to Superior Soobie And Import | Portland, Oregon | Subaru repair and upgrade specialists near Portland would be a very good idea. Someone else may be able to suggest a shop closer to you. Ask in a new thread.

you might have 2 problems but, the fan issue 'may' be the main issue and old rad cap or other parts/connections may be leaking the coolant when the system gets too hot.

DEFINITELY watch the level of coolant in the rad. while this is being fixed - never trust the level in the overflow to reflect total system volume.

Have been watching the coolant levels daily.. I replaced the thermostat with OEM, radiator and cap (OEM) and hoses are all new (with the exception of the transmission cooling lines)

What I was thinking was that one of the old hoses near the top of the radiator was leaking cause it was definitely swollen and old..and might have dripped onto the main fan.

ill clean out the overflow tank too tho.. anything to help haha

thanks for all your input guys.. maybe I will check out that shop in Portland, as I will be down there picking up a new set of tires next week
 

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New tires looking great and just in time for the snow we had a couple weeks ago

Changed out the power steering o ring and hose and no long have the dreaded whine upon cold start ups. Also did new rotors and pads up front.

Still trying to diagnose this over heating issue. It seems to happen less often now, and after messing with the fans connections, they both seem to be operating fine. Was thinking of swapping out the water pump next.

Watching all these videos MrSubaru1387 posts is getting me more confident with workin on this car for sure
 

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