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So I got this baby from a family member for $250. I've done a ton of work to her, full brakes & rotors all around, new battery today, terminal connectors, and a few other things. When I turn the wheel while in park, I get the battery & brake dash lights.
I'm thinking alternator or power steering pressure switch. Any clue?
Lights dim when I do this as well
 

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Check your ground wires for corrosion, not just the ends. Changing just the tip does nothing.

 

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Check your ground wires for corrosion, not just the ends. Just the tip does nothing.

Thanks, I will do that now. Just took her for a ride after finishing brakes. Rotors got so hot they were smoking...so I have that to check now too! Should've done calipers, but I was being cheap
 

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Check the radiator for blockage - you will have to remove it to do the job correctly.


Subaru rad cap and thermostat only.


NGK plugs and wires.


Make sure that you clean the battery terminals completely, and coat them with a terminal anti-oxidant.


Check the CV boots. If cracked, remove the CV, clean and grease them, and reinstall with new boots.


Change the trans fluid, as well as for both differentials. Same for the power steering.


Aisin timing belt kit, if it hasn't already been done.


Address any rust before it eats the car whole.
 

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Check the radiator for blockage - you will have to remove it to do the job correctly.


Subaru rad cap and thermostat only.


NGK plugs and wires.


Make sure that you clean the battery terminals completely, and coat them with a terminal anti-oxidant.


Check the CV boots. If cracked, remove the CV, clean and grease them, and reinstall with new boots.


Change the trans fluid, as well as for both differentials. Same for the power steering.


Aisin timing belt kit, if it hasn't already been done.


Address any rust before it eats the car whole.
Thanks Richard! You the man.
Cv's & boots are good, links are good. I'll be changing all fluids shortly as well. I do all my own work. I'm switching over from Saab, I've had enough of them hahahaha.
Great advice that I will follow.

Is there a gap I'll need to do on plugs, or are they gonna be pre gapped?
 

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What's the mileage on this car, and the service record?


Which engine and transmission? What other options?


AC works? Check the clutch gap if it has been used a lot.



Tries MUST match very closely in circumference to avoid torque bind in sharp corners.
 

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What's the mileage on this car, and the service record?


Which engine and transmission? What other options?


AC works? Check the clutch gap if it has been used a lot.



Tries MUST match very closely in circumference to avoid torque bind in sharp corners.
It's a 2.5 with auto trans with 140,000mi.
AC works great. Heated and power seats, the things loaded. Right now it has studded snows on it....all matching and correct in size. Serviced at all the correct intervals up until my girls cousin got it. He had it for about a year and did NOTHING to it unfortunately. So I'm picking up from there.
It also sat through last winter in Vermont
 

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Sounds like a Limited. If it isn't rusted to death ( where do you live?) you got a **** of a buy. I got mine for a grand - the owner thought it neede a new tranny, but all it needed was fluid! Zero rust, which is what prompted me to but it.


Also, clean out the roof drains - they have a tendency to get clogged over time, and in the winter, that freezing and thawing god make a mess of things.


If it doesn't already have Weathertech or Husky floor mats, get 'em - the stock Sub mats suck. i got the Husky and really like them.


Subwoofer? Even the stock one makes a **** of a difference.


Also, whatever anti freeze you use, use the Subaru additive. The Subaru pre-mixed coolant is very good - better than the old-fashioned Prestone, etc., though those will also work very well.


Head gaskets ever done? If not, you may need to do them sometime soon ( though some people have never had them fail in 200K+ mileage cars).


If you want better handling, lots of guys have upgraded the sway bars at both ends.
 

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Sounds like a Limited. If it isn't rusted to death ( where do you live?) you got a **** of a buy. I got mine for a grand - the owner thought it neede a new tranny, but all it needed was fluid! Zero rust, which is what prompted me to but it.


Also, clean out the roof drains - they have a tendency to get clogged over time, and in the winter, that freezing and thawing god make a mess of things.


If it doesn't already have Weathertech or Husky floor mats, get 'em - the stock Sub mats suck. i got the Husky and really like them.


Subwoofer? Even the stock one makes a **** of a difference.


Also, whatever anti freeze you use, use the Subaru additive. The Subaru pre-mixed coolant is very good - better than the old-fashioned Prestone, etc., though those will also work very well.


Head gaskets ever done? If not, you may need to do them sometime soon ( though some people have never had them fail in 200K+ mileage cars).


If you want better handling, lots of guys have upgraded the sway bars at both ends.
This baby has one dime spot of rust on rear passenger side. Taking care of it tomorrow (paint too) head gaskets I don't believe were done.
This is a Limited and I live in Stowe, VT. I will follow the coolant advice when I change it.
I have those mats in my Saab lol.
 

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Stowe! One of my favorite ski areas growing up, and especially National and Star trails! Last time there I tried to keep up with Barbara and Marilyn Cochran on National and decided that it was a suicide mission on my part! :) I was good, but not THAT good! :) Haven't been there since '74, so I'd imagine that it has changed a lot.



Add in PCV valve and fuel filter as other possible thing to look at sometime soon, as well as maybe the fuel pump o-ring - lots of threads here about all of them.


If you don't have one already, get an OBD II reader so that you can read the codes that come up when the check engine light comes on. There are some available that will broadcast (Blue tooth) to either your laptop or smart phone so that you can see what is happening in real time.
 

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If that rust spot is below the gas filler door, it may have sprung a leak.


These cars typically start rusting at the top back corner of the rear wheel well arches. Best that you remove the inter panels and treat the seams before the rust really gets started there. If you know what you are looking at, you will se that Sub did a really poor job of sealing the seams back there.
 

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Stowe! One of my favorite ski areas growing up, and especially National and Star trails! Last time there I tried to keep up with Barbara and Marilyn Cochran on National and decided that it was a suicide mission on my part! <img src="http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" /> I was good, but not THAT good! <img src="http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" /> Haven't been there since '74, so I'd imagine that it has changed a lot.



Add in PCV valve and fuel filter as other possible thing to look at sometime soon, as well as maybe the fuel pump o-ring - lots of threads here about all of them.


If you don't have one already, get an OBD II reader so that you can read the codes that come up when the check engine light comes on. There are some available that will broadcast (Blue tooth) to either your laptop or smart phone so that you can see what is happening in real time.
That's awesome! I'm sitting here with my mother in-law, bc and she said, "oh yeah, those two were avid skiers." The mountain had changed allot. It's now owned by Vail out of CO. I used to work up at Jay Peak. Good times.
Fuel pump is on my list, I have a code reader already. The car has zero codes (thank you Lord)
I'll address the PCV valve sooner rather than later, thank you.
 

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Richard, my father in-law knew Barbara and Marilyn. He had a stroke and can't talk right (only says people & happy) , but I told him and he's letting us know he knew them!
He's a Godin
 

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Is Jay still part of the Ski East group? ( Does it even still exist?) It was Jay, Orford, Sutton, Owl's Head and one other area that I cannot think of at the moment ( that was 45 years ago!). We used to get their 5-day pass to 5 mountains for $50! Loved jay as well.



At my age now, I wouldn't even try either mountain! Legs are way gone.
 

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Is Jay still part of the Ski East group? ( Does it even still exist?) It was Jay, Orford, Sutton, Owl's Head and one other area that I cannot think of at the moment ( that was 45 years ago!). We used to get their 5-day pass to 5 mountains for $50! Loved jay as well.
At my age now, I wouldn't even try either mountain! Legs are way gone.
Jay is still there. The CEO got in some hot water with the law (EB5 Visa violations and misuse of funds)
The passes now include Burke and are allot more $$$
 

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So I went to take the old alternator out and......the tension bolt broke right off! It's going to the shop tomorrow hahahahaha
 
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