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I've had the same problem all year. I've had four different mechanics look at this car - 97 legacy with 2.5. I've had the coolant seals replaced, the radiator cap, the thermostat, the water pump - all to no avail. I've realized now that it only overheats shortly after running sustained high rpm's. Recently the last mechanic mentioned the bleeder valve (I didn't know it had one and think maybe he didn't know either - not a subaru mechanic). Recently it overheated again (again sustained high rpm's - apparently more prone to produce air in the system), I sat the vehicle on an incline (raising the bleeder valve to be the highest point) and let the car warm up and run for half an hour. Now 300 miles and no overheat. I went through alot with this car to get to this point. Unbelievable.

1997 Subaru... | Answered on Jan 27, 2015

You don't, the computer does. There is no adjustment on a factory timing setup. If you are replacing the timing belt or chain you must either know how to do those type of jobs or you follow the shop manual on the process.

1997 Subaru... | Answered on Oct 06, 2014

This is an idle air control concern. There have been cases where other issues have caused this concern, such as vehicle speed sensors and neutral safety switches. First thing I would check is the black rubber "L" shaped hose that starts on top of the throttle body, and runs down towards the alternator then bends towards the power steering pump and connects to a solenoid valve assembly. Pull the hose off and check for debris, such as spider nests. A clog in this hose can cause idle control issues. I hope this info helps.

1997 Subaru... | Answered on Sep 12, 2014

the only way you can do this is if you can identify the gear ratios from both cars with the transmission codes found on the strut tower plate.
see this list to check for matches, read it carefully its a ton of info
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1997 Subaru... | Answered on Aug 10, 2014

the biggest draw back that you will have to check first is the ratio of the diffs you want to change. If they are not the same but will fit then you will destroy the 3rd diff in the transmission from excessive use.

1997 Subaru... | Answered on Aug 09, 2014

Yes, under the rear seat bottom on a sedan or behind the rear seat back on the panel under the carpet on the cargo area, right behind the seat back, screws hold the panel on, fuel pump right below it, easy to replace...I just did mine,1998 Legacy Wagon.

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1997 Subaru... | Answered on Jul 14, 2014

Sometimes plugs got loose - check if that's fitted properly.

1997 Subaru... | Answered on May 20, 2014

There is a diagnostic connector under the dash board that is supposed to be left disconnected (green) if you connect then it forces it into diag mode.....

1997 Subaru... | Answered on May 19, 2014

faulty fuel pump or filter ,the vehicle speed sensor usually applies to the braking system but i suppose it could affect the PCM in an adverse way thinking the engine requires more fuel ?

1997 Subaru... | Answered on May 05, 2014

The engine produce little oil steam when is at normal temperature, this is normal.
This steam goes to the air cleaner for recycling.
Now, the reasons to see oil dripping from the air cleaner are:
Engine oil overfilled, or engine breather valve( if fitted) faulty, or the piston rings causing the pressure to scape into the oil sump ( this means engine damage).
get a technician to chem it.
good luck.

1997 Subaru... | Answered on May 04, 2014

might be a frozen caliper piston or a lot of air in lines

1997 Subaru... | Answered on Apr 13, 2014

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