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Subaru Forester Sunroof
If the sunroof mechanism has not been lubricated on a regular basis (once per year), it is likely that some of the mechanism has become rusted or sticky. I would recommend lubricating all pivots and channels on the sunroof, and it will likely operate correctly again.
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The latch for the gas tank will not pull up. Won't even budge.
Its likely rust on the lever or pivot.
Start by opening the tab on the fuel door release cover (5). A small flat screw driver will do the trick be gentle its plastic. Remove the phillps screw then wiggle the cover off to the side. Now inspect the lever and pivot pin for rust. Try some WD40 or similar lubricant and let it soak in for a couple of mins. When trying to free up the stuck lever you need to pry/lift by the metal part and not just on the plastic as its going to break with too much force. In the worst cases you can remove the entire lever and bracket from the floor and use heat to free up the lever. This is done by removing the door sill trim then lifting up the carpet. Now you can access the floor mounting points for the lever. With the nuts on the mount removed you should be able to slide the cable out of the slot in the lever arm. Be careful when heating so you don't melt the handle.
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The engine is fine, it is the idle air control valve that is defective. It is not an internal engine part. It controls air flow and engine speed when the car is at idle only, meaning when your foot is off the gas pedal. There is no maintenance to perform on that part. They just go bad and there is nothing to do to prevent this from happening.
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Subaru calls this the malfunction indicator lamp and it is turned on and off by the engine control module. The lamp may have burned out or there may be a malfuntion in the ECM in which case you probably would have other things not working as well.
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