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1997 subaru outback legacy overheating

i recently bought a 97 subaru outback legacy with 83,ooo miles on it when i went to look at the car it had a check engine light on. the guy said he would have that looked at. when i bought it the light was off. the day after i bought it it started overheating i tried calling the gut back to ask him if he ever had this problem and also to see why the check engine light was on he won't return y calls any ideas?

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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.

Posted on Dec 26, 2008

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timing belt broke and need timing marks diagram

timing belt broke and need timing marks diagram 2.2 subaru

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the timing marks are on the camshaft pulleys and there are 2 notches on each pulley> they line up with 2 marks on the engine block for each pulley> and the crankshaft has a notch that lines up with a mark on the engine block aswell> pluss the new timing belt will have white marks on it that will line up with all of the marks on the pulleys when they are in the right place so its nearly impossable to do it wrong

Posted on Apr 16, 2010

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My hood latch is broken

My hood latch is broken on my 2001 Subaru Outback. How do I manually opent the hood? I think my problem is the same. I have a 1997 Legacy--when I pop the hood, it releases, but I can't located the latch to open the hood. Usually it's a simple process, pop the hood, push the latch, hood open.

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If the cable link to the latch is rusty or broken you have to take the front grid down. It's relatively easy. It's held there by plastic fasteners. Then reach for the latch with you hand, or the leftover broken cable. Pull it, it should release the first latch, than you just have to get to the security latch, like you usually do to open the hood.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009

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My Subaru Legacy Outback won't start and the

My Subaru Legacy Outback won't start and the battery is fully charged, the starter won't even click, what is the problem?

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Starters don't click.
Solenoids click.

So remove push-on connector from Solenoid wire.
Should be clean, secure & relay bracket grounded.
Connect a jumper wire between battery positive terminal & the exposed terminal on the solenoid.
If starter motor now operates then it's the ignition switch.
If starter motor does not operate then replace solenoid.

Posted on Nov 07, 2009

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replacing a fuel pump on a subaru legacy.

replacing a fuel pump on a subaru legacy.

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These are nice as there is a removable cover/ port in the rear trunk on these models.This eliminates the need to drop the tank. This access plate gives you direct access to the pump/sender unit in the fuel tanks top side.

Posted on Sep 18, 2009

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car wont roll forward or back even in neutral

1997 Legacy, standard transmission, will no longer roll forward or backward, even when in neutral. Car starts and runs fine but when you put it in gear and let the clutch out nothing happens.

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I assume it's a manual transmission.
If the car will not roll backward or forward in neutral (with or without the clutch engaged) the transmission is most likely locked in two gears at the same time.
This may happen if gear selectors are excessively worn. If you are able to examine the gear selection levers external to the gearbox, ensure they are in the 'neutral' (no gear selected) position when the gear lever is in Neutral. If not in correct position, you may be able to manually reset the levers to correct neutral position and thereby unlock the gearbox.
In any case, if it's happened once, it will happen again, so get the gearbox and gear selection mechanism checked for wear or breakage.


Posted on Jul 31, 2009

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Overheat on my 1997 Subaru Legacy GT

I just bought my 1997 subaru legacy gt, it was fine until yesterday after I drove on the highway, the car overheat really bad. So I have the thermostat changed, the radiator cap change but doesn't do anything. It drive good for about 5 miles and right after that the temperature started to go up. The fan is on and I am pretty sure it's not the head gasket. I really want to know what's wrong with it. Thank you.

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Sorry if this might break your heart. I have '98 Outback which is the same 1st generation DOHC 2.5 engine. These are common head gasket problem (I'd say 100% of every engine sooner or later) once you have had your car overheated.

You will not get this comfirmed by just have your mech check the compression on the cylinder because we call it phantom leak (internal leak which can be confirmed with hydrocarbon in coolant). And then you will end up replace every other thing before you could reach the source of problem.

Other signs of this issue are as following: random overheating after freeway or uphills drive, bubbles in coolant overflow tank, oil residue in coolant overflow tank, bubble nioses from the a/c vent.

You're looking at $1000-1500 repair by independent mech as they have to pull engine out to fix the problem. I had mine fixed two weeks ago and now my baby is running like a champ.

google for "Subaru head gasket problem"

Posted on Feb 10, 2009

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how do i bleed my power steering rack on subaru legacy rs turbo

how do i bleed my power steering rack on subaru legacy rs twin turbo. after replacement? worked fine for 1week now gone heavy. belt fine. fluid level fine. pump turning with engine.no leaks

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if its been a week, there should no tbe any air. if its heavy, the rack could be bad, or weak pump????? any noises? air will usually cause a whiney noise, and there will be air whipped, foamy fluid in the pump. A pump pressure regulator could be stuck open, not allowing full pressure? I would have a shop diagnose it, tell them the history and see if they can find a cause.

Posted on Oct 16, 2009

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2005 Subaru Outback XT - Real Tail light- bulb replacement

Just wondering if this is a do-it-yourself project? What screws need to be removed to access bulb to replace
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1. Open the rear hatch, and look down towards the bumper, in the direction of the tail light bulb needing replacement.
2. You should see the dark colored plastic trim piece, which is held in place by two small plastic body style philips head screws.
3. These wil only 'loosen' a little bit, you will need to slip a fingernail or some other slim item, underneath the heads of each of the screws, and pull back on them firmly by grasping the body of the screw, not the head (which is flimsy, and can crush if squeezed).
3. remove the plastic trim piece - it can be achieved by lifting out and towards you - set aside.
4. Using a 10mm socket or wrench, unscrew the upper and lower bolts holding the taillight assembly in place.
5. the taillight assembly is now loose - it can pulled rearwards, and will slide off of the small guide slots holding it in place.
6. The bulb is a twist lock style, underneath the tan cap- twist the cap counter-clockwise, and it will pop out. The bulb is a number 7440, for the running light/ brake light, and a 7443 for the turn signal. a 3757 will not fit through the cut out hole in the taillight assembly.
7. Re-assemble in reverse, making sure to check the function of the bulb PRIOR to re-assembly.
Good Luck.

Posted on Jan 03, 2009

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No fuse box diagram

I do not have the fuse box diagram for my 97 subaru legacy. I am trying to change the fuses for the sterio and lighter.

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On the 1998 Legacy the Radio fuse is the fifth from engine, third from driver, on the bottom, 15A, and the Lighter is in the same long row on the top, 20A.

Posted on Jun 28, 2008

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