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    I live in Fairbanks, Alaska and work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the library.
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  1. Thanks for the very interesting and useful information.
  2. Okay, I went out in the negative 15 Fahrenheit weather and had a look. I found a stamp on only two of the tires: 1408. Does that mean August 2014? Or 2008?
  3. I have a feeling the hose I got is not oil resistant. I think it said “Heater Hose.” So probably I will need to get proper oil resistant vacuum hose.
  4. I looked to see the brand after I got off work: Firestone Winterforce. I didn’t have time to look for date stamp. Probably small numbers that my 59 year old eyes will find difficult to decipher without a magnifying glass. These tires have plenty of tread as well.
  5. Very interesting information. I think you are right about the delay with Drive to the rear wheels in my Legacy AT. I have noticed something but didn't know how to articulate it. The 98 Forester is the S model. Would that mean a rear LSD? Cosmetically our Forester is challenged. But the thing just doesn't want to die. One thing in it's favor is that a previous owner set it up for towing with an RV and so we were told that about 50,000 miles on the odometer are towing miles. So the engine would have about 250,000 miles on it instead of 299,000. At 277,000 our radiator (Forester) got a big hole in it and the coolant escaped and my wife didn't pay any attention to the temperature gauge. When she got home it seemed there wasn't any coolant left but the engine was still running. I took the garden hose and put water in the radiator while the engine was running and got it cooled down fast. Not sure if that cold shock was the right thing to do or not but the car is still going strong 22,000 miles later. At the time we were told to expect Rod Knock to show up within a couple thousand miles and that would be the end of the engine. The only thing I did was replace the radiator, water pump, timing belt and pulleys. I did buy a spare 95 Legacy cheap that needed fixing up with new struts, front CV shafts, spark plugs and wires. This car is sitting ready to go into action if any of our other eldery Subarus suddenly quit. In total our family has Four Legacies and One Forester and the Forester is the youngest!
  6. My daughter's 95 Legacy had a problem that was solved by adding another Ground Cable from the Transmission to the engine block. Apparently the ground cable from the battery connects to the transmission. It seems there was some corrosion between the transmission and the engine block that impeded conductivity intermittently. So an additional cable from the Transmission to the engine block solved this problem.
  7. Legacy: Automatic Transmission. Fluid changed 2019. 191,000 miles Forester: Manual Transmission. 299,000 miles. The cental differential was redone maybe at about 180,000 miles. The Legacy does perform very well on the snow. Never in danger of getting stuck. At highway speeds on slippery roads it feels more like it just isn't gripping the roads well.
  8. When I drive my wife's 98 Forester I get the feeling that its AWD is superior to my 95 Legacy. Am I imaging that? Or did they make improvements? The Forester has nice Toyo studless tires and the Legacy has got old studded tires with worn down studs. Could be just the tires.
  9. I replaced my Coolant Temperature sensor last night as planned. The big vertical hose wasn't brittle yet but I did replace it. The connection into the engine was full of greasy crud and almost blocked. The line to the PCV valve also full of crud and nearly blocked. I cleaned that all out and took the PCV valve out and cleaned it with carburetor cleaner. After I got the car all back together I didn't bother test starting it. So this morning when I started it the engine would die after a few seconds. Turns out I neglected to reconnect the big horizontal hose from the Idle Air Control Valve when it connects near the MAF sensor. Got that reconnected and now the car runs normally.
  10. Thanks for the information. What happens if they leak air?
  11. Yesterday I replaced the Coolant Temperature sensor on my daughter's 95 Legacy. So that big vertical hose by the Idle Air Control valve was super brittle and broke and I had to make a trip to Napa to get some new hose. The top the the hose has two connecting hoses. One goes to the PCV valve and the other goes to the air intake plastic system. I'm just wondering what it does and what symptoms you can get if it is leaking. Tonight I'm going to do the same procedure on my 95 Legacy so I have enough hose to replace that big hose too.
  12. I’ve only had one case where a branch probably caught and broke the cord. Generally it’s not a problem. If you are out on super rough dirt roads and scrap the bottom of your car all the time you might run into a problem.
  13. Thanks! Will do. My daughter reported that her car behaved perfectly today—like a new car.
  14. I’m not sure what brand, but not NGK. I have a spare set of new NGK wires on hand in case any of our Subarus need a new set. We have four Legacies and one Forester—the youngest is the 98 Forester with almost 299,000 miles.
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