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Got my 04 ll beam outback wagon a few days ago. Today the alarm decided to randomly start going off while the wife had it at work. So i got the privlige of trying to find out how to disable it before she had a melt down. Also ive been pulling fuses an looking at relays since the day we bought the car because the blinkers an hazards where not working. But lucky my i managed to stumble across this amazing forum and found the shining light at the end of the tunnel. Lol Who would've though the answer would be as simple as a button on the steering column...
 

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Rear ended on my way from work today. Bumper took the brunt of the damage. He had it worse



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Rear ended on my way from work today. Bumper took the brunt of the damage. He had it worse



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It looks like your car was only slightly damaged, good for you!. That said, get a repair estimate and pocket the money! We did this with a similar accident involving our 2001. The damage was an imprint of the other car's license plate numbers. I believe we were paid +/- $400.
 

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It looks like your car was only slightly damaged, good for you!. That said, get a repair estimate and pocket the money! We did this with a similar accident involving our 2001. The damage was an imprint of the other car's license plate numbers. I believe we were paid +/- $400.
Well little more than just cosmetic. There’s holes in the bumper cover and don’t know what might be damaged behind it. Looking after I got home I found one of the bumper cover brackets disconnected and all the push pins missing. Biggest concern is if there’s any airbag sensors in the back that bight trigger later unexpectedly.


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Leak at oil cooler adapter is getting worse, I have a new seal on the way, may tackle that before Spring.

I also got a coupla inner ties rods - Amazon , been price watching them for a while, under $20 each seemed like a good time to buy. That project and an axle swap can wait til Spring. Still need to fine the squeak-groan in the rear suspension....
Well, put it up on ramps and got ready to replace the OC seal, discovered it may not be leaking but valve cover gasket on the right side seems to be.

I left the cover off so I cold monitor better.

Not sure I want to tackle that job, not in winter anyway. I will just keep an eye on the oil level for now.

The typical problems are really adding up now, and it's the only car my wife can drive her Mom and my grandson around in. I'd feel better about trying to do the work myself if I didn't feel I needed to do it quickly. sigh
 

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Pulled the dash back apart. Friend clued me in as to why the radio had such terrible reception - there's an antenna amplifier that's powered by the blue wire on an aftermarket harness. I assumed it was for an actual power antenna that some cars had back in the day, and didn't bother hooking it up. Hooked it up and oh hey, the radio actually works now!
Which OEM wire runs the antenna amp and where is it located in the OEM harness?
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2004 Subaru OBW L.L. Bean H6. 2003 Subaru OBW L.L. Bean Former 2001 Subaru OBW VDC owner.
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I put stabil in my gas tank. The 03 L.L. Bean is going to sit until I figure out this PO306 code. See this thread for all about that:


I put my 03 Bean on jack stands too to keep the tires from getting flat spots. I rearranged two fuel injectors and replaced all the o-rings on 3 of the injectors on the driver's side of the engine. I cleaned up grounds and pulled the engine code again after seeing a blinking check engine light remains, and the PO306 code remains as well.

I still feel I got something done, but the culprit still remains at large. Shat, what is causing this PO306?
 

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My MIL almost hangs from the pass side 'Oh Sh!t !' handle when entering/exiting my wife's car. Well, the handle came outta the ceiling the other day - thankfully when I was holding it or there could have been a nasty fall...

I slid the plastic trim cover back along the handle, I wiped the threads clean-ish with an old rag, I got some aluminum foil and folded a small piece a few times, put some thread locker on the screw threads (you need a large philips screwdriver) and, some thread lock on both sides of the aluminum foil piece. Screwed the bolt thru the aluminum foil back thru its mounting hole (just in case there was some thread damage/looseness).
 

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It's the 02 llbean h6. It's a healthy engine; no oil or coolant loss (150k) but fuel economy seems low and I'd like to reduce the ping if I can. The 93 octane with fuel system cleaners (used for a year now) didn't help. Maybe replace EGR and knock sensor like u say.
 

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does the car have appropriate spark plugs? NGK double platinums are original (check owner's manual for part number) . 1 or 2 other NGK types may be OK.

our 03 isn't knocking, but it has never had great fuel economy. 19-20 on surface streets - maybe 24 - 25 on the highway.
 

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I am in the process of replacing the driver side front wheel bearing on my '02 OBW LLBean daily driver. Next, I will replace the starter on my wife's '02 OBW VDC daily driver. If ti isn't one thing going wrong, then it's another...Expected given the age/miles...On the car, not my wife ;)
 

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Which OEM wire runs the antenna amp and where is it located in the OEM harness?
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Sorry I didn't see this sooner. If you haven't found it yet, it's the power antenna/amp wire in every aftermarket adapter harness. I'd left it disconnected because I figured it was for the optional HK system.

You didn't cut the stock plug off when a $10 adapter exists, right?
 

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I fixed my ABS and power windows by unplugging the back-up light switch on the trans. It shorted out and would blow the fuse immediately. I should probably get a new switch one of these days.
 

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I replaced the idler pulley and serpentine belt on my wife's '02 OBW VDC. I also had an alternator and starter for my H6s locally rebuilt and put them on the shelf for a rainy day.
 
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