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 AT Oil Temp Lite Diagnostic Procedure

Early model Subaru Automatic transmission diagnostic code retrieval procedure. This procedure is specifically for 98 Subaru OB but stays the same for all similar models. I do not believe this will work for the 2.5 SOHC Subaru Outbacks. Locate the diagnostic connector under the dash then follow the procedure. TCM will flash codes through the “AT Oil Temp” lite. Please… Read More

Subaru Control Arm Bushing Repair

The newer Subaru models changed the type of lower control arms that was used for year in the early legacy’s and up to 1999 or 2000 Legacy Outback’s. Both suspension types are fine but these newer ones are having control arm bushing failure. Don’t be fooled into replacing the control arm just because the bushing is bad. The reason I… Read More

Chrysler Town & Country – Severe Misfire

This article is directed towards a Chrysler Minivan that I had in the shop the other day with a strange problem that I have seen a few times before so I wanted to inform others about this problem. The problem starts from a simple issue you would never expect to lead to this. Take a look at the cut open… Read More

Subaru Coolant Gauge Problems

This article will explain some basic testing procedures and common fixes for problems with the coolant gauge. When diagnosing any coolant temperature problem the first thing you need to do is make sure the cooling system is operating properly and the vehicle is running at a normal operating temperature. If you’re having problems with your coolant gauge not reading correctly… Read More

Volkswagen Instrument Cluster Failure

Over the years of working on VW’s I have encountered enough instrument cluster failures that I would consider it a common problem. There are a few things you should be aware of before attempting to repair this unit. Don’t Buy Used VW Cluster I have tried this route already and have been burned multiple times. The bad part about it… Read More

Transmission Pump & Valve Body Inspection

What to Look for in a Worn Transmission Pump Before any transmission noise/vibration diagnosis is done the engine and drive train should be ruled out. Check for worn u-joints that can cause a noise at all vehicle speeds. Check for worn mounts that can cause a vibration or cause the transmission to touch the frame or body of the vehicle.… Read More

Toyota, Honda & Subaru Starter Failure


Does your starter really need replaced? Learn the most common failure of Honda, Toyota and Subaru starters. Read More