Subaru Forester Wind Noise Problem + Repair

Does your Subaru have wind noise? This problem is noticeable above 30mph and excessively loud at freeway speeds. I have only seen this problem with Subaru Foresters but I’m pretty sure it applies to the Subaru Legacy or even the Baja. As long as the door has the same style triangle pillars and rubber seal. The vehicle shown in the… Read More

Volkswagen 2.0L Turbo P0171 P0507

Volkswagen 2.0L turbo, system lean condition, will not idle, rough idle, check engine light on. Here’s a list of the possible codes that will set and their  descriptions. P0300-P0304 – Cylinder misfires P0171 – Bank 1 system too lean P0507 – Idle air control sys. RPM higher than expected This vehicle sets the fuel trim system lean and idle control… Read More

VW Eurovan Cooling Fan Inoperative

This is a 2003 Volkswagen Euro van that came in with air-conditioning not working. Vehicle didn’t have any engine temperature problems just blowing warm air from the AC. After checking the manifold pressure’s seeing that the freon was not the problem and the AC compressor is working good but there is excessive high pressure on the high side. This tells… Read More

DIY Instrument Cluster | Circuit Board Repair

Over the years of automotive electrical repairs I have learned some very helpful tricks that I like to share. This one is a common circuit board problem that you can expand beyond just repairing instrument clusters. I have used this method to repair Volvo ABS computers and other circuit board failures. The pictures below will show examples of what to… Read More

How To Buy Your First Car The Smart Way

Photo via Pixabay by MikeBird Buying your first car can be an overwhelming experience, especially if you’re young. There’s so much to think about, and so many ways to prepare. Making sure your finances are in good shape – as well as your credit score – is top priority, but there are other considerations as well, such as factoring in… Read More

Subaru Headgasket Replacement Tips & Procedures

Most of the vehicles we work on are Subaru’s and that means we have lots of experience replacing Subaru headgaskets. I get a lot of questions about gaskets used and repair procedures that I hope to clarify here. First off the 2.5 SOHC engine is the most common to have cylinder headgasket failure and this article will be primarily about… Read More

Subaru Rear Differential Failure & Repair Advice

The rear differentials in these all wheel drive Subaru’s pretty much don’t have many problems at all. I have seen them fail though. Usually failure is due to driving it too hard or running it out of fluid. It’s pretty common to hear pinion bearing noise but it’s never excessive enough to address the problem. When they leak this can… Read More

Subaru 2.0L 2.5L Turbo Cam Pulley Bolt Stripped

The Infamous Subaru 2.0L & 2.5L Turbo Exhaust Pulley Nightmares If you have worked on one of these and had to remove the exhaust cam pulleys then you may be aware of these problems. On the camshaft pulleys they switched the 17mm bolt head to a 10mm allen head bolt. The bolt has a huge flange on it as well… Read More

Subaru Oil Consumption Problem & Repair

The Subaru 2.0L, 2.2L and more common the 2.5L engines are great motors that last forever when maintenance correctly. Most Subaru owners are aware of the common oil leaks that develop as you start to put miles on them. Subaru owners seem to be well aware of the infamous headgasket failure on these engines also. These engines like to leak… Read More

Subaru FWD Fuse Information

The infamous Subaru Front Wheel Drive Fuse, does your Subaru have one? The older Legacy models (maybe 1991 – 1998) have it located under the hood, passenger rear by the firewall. You will see the fuse holder by it self labeled FWD on the lid. I have also seen them in later Outback’s (2000 and newer) in the fuse box… Read More