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A few minor issues with my Liberty


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#1 Brett_j

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 07:22 PM

Ok as stated above I have a 95 Liberty,its the FWD version with a 5 speed manual.

1st: Whenever I cruise around at low speeds it sounds like an electric car,its not overly annoying but after racking my brain for solutions I figure someone may have had the same problem,it doesnt sound like a stuffed wheel bearing or major driveline issues but thats always likely to be it.

2nd: For some unknown reason there is water sloshing around in my dash somewhere,now it doesnt leak anywhere and all things work fine like the aircon,heater and so on.But you can imagine that its a bit concerning hearing water slosh around every now and then.

Apart from these small things I am so glad I bought this car,it gets great mileage,the motor seems to have the necessary power when I need it, and it has miles of room in the interior when it looks like it will only seat 2.It has pretty high kilometres on it but never looks like missing a beat.

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 08:20 PM

Originally posted by Brett_j


1st: Whenever I cruise around at low speeds it sounds like an electric car,its not overly annoying but after racking my brain for solutions I figure someone may have had the same problem,it doesnt sound like a stuffed wheel bearing or major driveline issues but thats always likely to be it.



Probably wheel bearing or front driveshaft or internal transmission problem (gear whine or bearing whine, is the problem in one particular gear). Also check for air leaks on the intake manifold, sometimes these are heard at low speeds but not high speeds. I have heard a "whine" when the intake disconnected from the resonator, not at all like the exhaust sound I would have expected. My bets are on rear wheel bearing, but the whine is usually constant and increases in intensity at speed. Also check accessory drive belts. Is the whine car speed related, or engine speed related, when the car is going slowly, clutch in and rev the engine, any change?


2nd: For some unknown reason there is water sloshing around in my dash somewhere,now it doesnt leak anywhere and all things work fine like the aircon,heater and so on.But you can imagine that its a bit concerning hearing water slosh around every now and then.


My 2001 Outback has the same problem and no leak anywhere. Two possible causes:

Water in the ventilation air intake (hood/wiper area) external parts for which there is a drain, which evidently does not always work. This appears to be my problem, but after a short drive the water seems to have drained.

Air in cooling system settles in the the heater core. Start the engine and the coolant flow begins to move the bubbles out, but they come back.

I replaced my coolant recently and after refilling on level ground, I added the step of parking the car on an upward slope so the heater core would be low and the rad fill high so I should have gotton any trapped air out. Doing so did not correct the problem, so I think the water in my ventilation intake is the culprit.

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 08:44 PM

I should just message you in regards to any probs I have now :D,

The electric car noise is engine speed related,I used to have the same problem with my Supra but it tured out it was low power steering fluid but the Subaru's is fine,Dont hear it as much outside the car.

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 09:00 PM

Originally posted by Brett_j
I should just message you in regards to any probs I have now :D,

The electric car noise is engine speed related,I used to have the same problem with my Supra but it tured out it was low power steering fluid but the Subaru's is fine,Dont hear it as much outside the car.



If its engine speed related, check alternator, A/C compressor clutch, steering pump, and accessory drive belts and pulleys.

An engine stethoscope will help, just place the tip on each component until you hear the noise.

But an even easier way to rule out accessories is to remove their belts and run the engine, it will quickly rule these items out as a group.

I had a whistling alternator on my 93 Legacy, it was a bad front bearing. I managed to get an alternator rebuild kit for $20, no rebuild kits are generally listed for Subaru alternators, but they are Bosch or Hitachi and you can go on their model numbers to locate replacement bearings, brushes and voltage regulators.

Power steering pumps will also whine.

If you can't find it on the accessories, open the timing belt covers and check the water pump, oil pump and timing belt pulleys for noise.

Has the timing belt been changed every 96,000 km and the water pump and oil pump ever been changed? How many miles on your car now?

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 09:51 PM

Im not aware if abything has been changes as I didnt get any service manuals with the car,The car has 215,000 k's on it.I cant see any sticker verifying a timing belt change at anytime so Im booking it anyway for one as you can never be too sure,everything else looks brand new under the engine bay but like I said I dont have any service histroy so Im just guessing.Also think it may have had a small accident as the front passenger door is just out of alignment and the inside if the left hand firewall is a bit of run off from still apparent from when sanding back a primed panel (the pink stuff).Apart from that it drives great and runs great and never gets hot in summer in 40 degree celsius heat with the air con running.
So trying to convince my g/f to let me buy a sti front cut for it :D:D.




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