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#1 xrturbo

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 08:06 AM

Just wanted to give a heads up to newer subaru owners especially 95 and up legacy's. I work at a shop that we sell, service, and parts subarus and I run the parts end of the business. I am starting to see a huge increase in fuel filler neck sales. What happens is the sheild that is supposed to protect the filler neck traps mud and all kinds of debris and then retains water and rots out the bottom section of the filler neck. My personal remedy for mine was to cut a window in the lower most section of the sheild, but other options would be to remove it. I will post pics when I think to get my car on the lift and take my camera to work. Just with gas prices and everything it would suck to pull up to the pump, start fillin and loose half of what you are putting in all over the place.

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 08:44 AM

Xrturbo, thanks for the "heads up".

Here's a related previous post:
http://www.ultimates...ead.php?t=58846

(No, I'm not 99obw, although we have similar screen names and locations.)

#3 2X2KOB

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 09:59 AM

Anybody know if this is still a problem area after the design change in what, MY2000?

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 10:14 AM

It has happened to several of us. Here is another thread.

However, on my 97 OB, the point that rotted out was not at the bottom of the "U" as I expected. It was higher up, between the wheel well and the fuel filler pipe. Right at the lower edge of the wheel well, below the mid attachment point of the pipe. That's where the dirt was lodged. The plastic shield wasn't directly the cause in my case. As a point of interest, my ex's 99 Honda Odyssey uses a plastic fuel filler pipe.

The part is ridiculously priced in Canada. The dealer quoted me $220 Cdn. :eek: I could have ordered it out of the States, but I ended up fixing mine with a piece of hose for now. That turned into a challenge, as the pipe is approx. 1-5/8" OD. That's a tough size to find.

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 01:48 PM

It has happened to several of us. Here is another thread.

However, on my 97 OB, the point that rotted out was not at the bottom of the "U" as I expected. It was higher up, between the wheel well and the fuel filler pipe. Right at the lower edge of the wheel well, below the mid attachment point of the pipe. That's where the dirt was lodged. The plastic shield wasn't directly the cause in my case. As a point of interest, my ex's 99 Honda Odyssey uses a plastic fuel filler pipe.

The part is ridiculously priced in Canada. The dealer quoted me $220 Cdn. :eek: I could have ordered it out of the States, but I ended up fixing mine with a piece of hose for now. That turned into a challenge, as the pipe is approx. 1-5/8" OD. That's a tough size to find.

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I just replaced mine. Cost would have worked out to be around $120 CDN including shipping (from Jason at Auburn). I wasn't about to take chances with the wife and kids.

I could not believe how much crud was wedged between the shield and the filler pipe. From dirt to course gravel. I guess that's what happens when you pass the pipe through the wheel well. I put the shield back on, but will make an effort to clean it better in the car wash. Even if I don't, it should outlast the rest of the car.

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 11:54 AM

Same problem with 1991-1994 Legacy's that have the plastic cover on the filler pipe. (I don't know which ones did, but I have seen a '93 and a '94 with one).

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 02:03 PM

There's a TSB on that I believe and replacement parts are supplied as a kit but there's no recall so the repair is not free.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:03 AM

Legacy's only? outback wagons etc?? No imprezas? & where to check for this? from the outside off car, looking in at wheel well or from interior? I'm looking to add another sub to the family.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:21 AM

Vehicles susceptible to this problem are:
Legacy: Wagon and Sedan versions of all Legacy models including Outback from 1990 all the way up to 2004 IIRC.
Impreza: Wagon, Coupe and Sedan versions of all Impreza models including Outback Sport, WRX, and STI, from 1993 to current model year as far as I know.
Forester: All Forester models from 1998 to Current model year.

It's in the passenger rear wheel well. You're likely not see the rust without first removing the plastic cover, but if you can smell raw fuel there's a good chance the filler pipe is rusted out.

This one I replaced earlier this week. It literally left a puddle on the shop floor under the car.
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Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:45 AM

This really should be stickied. I had to replace mine back in the summer. I have been telling everyone I know to remove the covering on their Legacies/outbacks.

I really think this should have been a recal matter since it involves leaking of fuel.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:39 AM

:cool: this revived thread reminds me to list some stuff I have off of several 95-96 Legacy parts cars as well as the filler neck (is there an associated valve- emission related?) in for sale. As I am new to site, was appalled :eek: to see the amt of rust and corrosion other parts of the country have to deal with in working on cars. Sure there’s Mag chloride on the roads here, nothing like what is seen in pix or described in routine brake jobs for example. I'll gladly take the hail storms (run!) or wind gusts (hide!) over the Red menace

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:20 PM

is quality going backwards on new subies?Ive neever seen or heard of something like that for the 80's cars.my 81 doesn't even look rusted on the filler hose.The bottom of the door panels and the tops of the rear fenders though..

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 08:54 PM

Vehicles susceptible to this problem are:
Legacy: Wagon and Sedan versions of all Legacy models including Outback from 1990 all the way up to 2004 IIRC.
Impreza: Wagon, Coupe and Sedan versions of all Impreza models including Outback Sport, WRX, and STI, from 1993 to current model year as far as I know.
Forester: All Forester models from 1998 to Current model year.

It's in the passenger rear wheel well. You're likely not see the rust without first removing the plastic cover, but if you can smell raw fuel there's a good chance the filler pipe is rusted out.

This one I replaced earlier this week. It literally left a puddle on the shop floor under the car.
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Gee, that doesn't leave much else




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