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The remote buttons are internally soldered on to a circuit board,and with use, the solder joints break. Find a tech person in your area with a very small tip (ask if they have a pcb rework kit) who can fix the solder joint. If the remote now works, great! If not, look on Amazon for a suitable replacement. Read your owners manual on the process to add a new remote to your car.

2005 Subaru... | Answered on Apr 03, 2019


The usual reason is the window motor bushes have worn out. Look on Amazon for a new Window Regulator kit that includes the window motor. This is FAR easier to install than pulling the kit out to replace the motor. I did this job on my 2005 recently, and it was necessary to cut up the regulator frame (messy job) to get the window glass out. This is NOT an issue if the glass is already up. If its stuck down, the cut-up job is required. If this job sounds beyond your mechanical skills, take it to a garage. The job takes about 3 hours.

2005 Subaru... | Answered on Apr 02, 2019


High speed vibration in steering is typically caused by an out-of balance wheel. I suggest having your wheels balanced.

2005 Subaru... | Answered on Feb 19, 2018


At 213K km, there's wear in the valve guides (== more oil consumption), the O2 sensor(s) are getting tired, and the plug wires and plugs are old. All these can cause the jerkiness.

Changing the plug wires would be a good start, followed by the plugs, unless thus has been done. A tired O2 sensor usually sets the occasional 420 error code.

You could also try resetting the ECU. What this does is place it into a learning mode, and the jerkiness may disappear for a while. If it does, it means the ECU is running the engine around the edge conditions. Replacing the O2 sensor may help, but don't do it unless you get an error code.

Also, check for exhaust leaks on the "donut" connection after the catalytic converter. Even a small leak can cause the O2 sensor to report "off" conditions.

2005 Subaru... | Answered on Dec 26, 2017


Manual or auto trans? If manual, check fluid level. Grinding noise could be u-joint starting to fail, or even wheel bearing.

2005 Subaru... | Answered on Nov 16, 2017


did it have this problem before you had it serviced. if not then guess what they did something wrong at the shop and need to fix there mistake. sluggish wont go away just changing the oil. if you suspect the brakes dragging. you would only need to jack up the wheels to see which one wont turn. and if a brake is dragging. it will get so hot you can feel the heat when you touch the center of the rim. might check for any vacuum leaks or if they connected the hose clamps from the air box to the intake.

2005 Subaru... | Answered on Sep 18, 2017


Impossible to diagnose without the trouble codes. Get the codes read and post here. ALWAYS start by reading the trouble codes to get a starting point.

2005 Subaru... | Answered on Aug 26, 2017


You MUST read the fault codes to discover what cylinder is misfiring. Why not buy a cheap fault code reader. Here is one such reader. New OBD2 II EOBD Car Diagnostic Code Reader Live Data

2005 Subaru... | Answered on Jun 22, 2017


No there has not been complaint's like with the Toyota's. Toyota is involved with Subaru on a few thing's , But toyota uses Subaru technology not the other way around. And the accelerator style levers are different from Subaru's. Sorry to hear about your accident. Have a great day.

2005 Subaru... | Answered on May 10, 2016


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for the easy solution download the pdf file

2005 Subaru... | Answered on Feb 27, 2016


The linkage or nuetral safety switch problem. Call a mobilemechanic thats xperiencd. If hes good takes money aftr job

2005 Subaru... | Answered on Jan 20, 2016


they are mounted to the lower radiator support rail. You have to remove the bumper cover (read plastic outside bumper) to replace them.

2005 Subaru... | Answered on Nov 02, 2015


I ran into this once when I changed a 2000 engine with a 2001 engine. The crankshaft gear for the timing belt was different. One had 2 ears for the crank angle sensor and one had 4. To check if this is the problem, pull all 4 sparkplugs, hook them to your plug wires, turn the engine over and see if you only have spark to 2 cylinders. If that's what you find then you will need to replace the crankshaft timing belt gear.
If that's not it, and you have spark to all 4 cyls., check your fuses. It could be a fuel pump fuse or ECM or an number of other fuses.
Good luck
Dave

2005 Subaru... | Answered on Nov 02, 2015

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