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About Stevo F

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    Eat, Live, Breath Subaru
  • Birthday 05/13/1963

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    Culpeper, Virginia
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    I am married and the father of 3 boys and I own a 2014 Impreza sedan, 1998 Legacy GT sedan, 1998 Legacy L wagon, and a 2003 Forester XS (1997 Legacy GT-RIP)
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    '14 Impreza, (2) '98 Legacy's, '03 Forester XS

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  1. In any case, still trying to decide between Forester and 2nd gen Legacy GT calipers. I actually have both of these cars in my fleet and both are more responsive than the wagon. I drove the Forester to work today and was glad for the responsive pedal, given the antics of some of the drivers I encountered. I'm not sure of any significant differences in fluid capacity or pad surface area of the two different dual piston calipers, however the rotor is slightly larger for the Forester. Also, one other question- are the brake line to caliper fittings all the same for these? I want new flexible lines and was wondering if I order the lines for the Legacy, are the fittings compatible with the Forester calipers.
  2. The 4EAT automatic was a good transmission. I would much prefer them over today's CVT transmissions.
  3. I just took the car out for a good run with a dozen or so times of heavy braking. Seemed to improve a bit even as the brakes got hot. The last few times the brakes started to lock and kick in ABS, so engagement seemed better. After the ride, the front wheels were understandably hot , the left rear was fairly hot and the right right rear wheel was warm. I may check that one later to see if slide pins move freely.
  4. Actually I've been running Centric Posi- Quiet ceramics on all of our cars for years (this set on this car was the first set I installed 5 years ago). Like them- good feel and response, less dust, The rotors only have some light surface rust given the humidity and the car sitting since last weekend.
  5. The tires are Bridgestone Turanza's and aren't new at all- date code of 0813 which I believe is February, 2013. The brakin and traction was fine on the GT they used to be on. I did the brakes over on that car when I got it and it did well until it driven into an embankment 4k miles later. My old 14" tires were Michelin Defenders, so likely better quality, but also made in 2013.
  6. Actually I have rear discs already from the factory so I don't see much benefits too upgrading these to a larger size. I flushed the brake fluid several years ago- not sure that would be the problem . It probably wouldn't hurt to to go in and make sure the slide pins are all well lubed and moving smoothly. I'm thinking a more common symptom of that (which I ran into previously) would be sticking, overheating brakes. I stated driving the car again several months ago after driving the '03 Forester (with much better brake feel) for almost a year, so part of it could be I was used to the more sensitive brakes- not sure though. Interestingly, we just put 16" tires on it a few months ago with used tires that came off our '97 GT, replacing the stock 14" wheels., but I can'tr see where that change would change brake function. Tires still have some life left in them.
  7. After switching from my '03 Forester back to the Legacy L wagon, it feels like I have ot stand on the brakes to get any stopping power. I've been wanting to replace the single piston calipers on the wagon with dual piston calipers and the corresponding larger rotors for better stopping power. I'm still debating on whether to go with the 2nd gen Legacy GT 10.9" rotors and calipers (which were made for my year car) or the 11.5" rotors as found on my 2003 Forester. My main question is whether there will be any significance in stopping power between the two? I can get the GT calipers cheaper and have a couple of old calipers I pulled off my '98 GT sedan to trade in as cores if I get these. However if the Forester setup will be more effective, then it would be worth the extra $. Also, I assume that when replacing the flexible brake lines I should order ones that fit my '98 Legacy, whichever calipers I go with.
  8. From what I've seen, there is just one module for the airbag system on the '98's (mounted on the hump directly below the radio). The horn works fine so I doubt it's the clock spring (I'm assuming there would be a separate code for that, but maybe not for those years). I was actually hoping it was the clock spring since I already have a spare. It's always been a Maryland/ Virginia car with little rust anywhere.
  9. I'm wondering if it wouldn't be a better idea to replace the SRS computer with a used one at this point, as I imagine the $50 I spend is less than the dealer will charge just to diagnose the problem
  10. My mechanic's fancy SRS scanner couldn't read it so he told me to try the diagnostic per the link below. https://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&jsonp=vglnk_156703159047716&key=c1ac8fd132f1c1d959d5f77155b0d5a6&libId=jzvu7j47010006ha000DAnnprml7o&loc=https%3A%2F%2Flegacygt.com%2Fforums%2Fshowthread.php%2F98-gt-airbag-light-279773.html&v=1&opt=true&out=https%3A%2F%2Fcodes.rennacs.com%2FSRS-Airbag%2FJapanese-Korean%2FSubaru-Airbags.php&ref=https%3A%2F%2Flegacygt.com%2Fforums%2Fforumdisplay.php%2Fsecond-generation-legacy-1994-1998-95.html%3Fs%3D342d2aef37be4c004ef3e837beba015a%26&title=‘98 GT airbag light - Subaru Legacy Forums&txt=https%3A%2F%2Fcodes.rennacs.com%2FSRS-Airbag...ru-Airbags.php After some looking around under the dash I finally located a black plug that matched one of the pictures. I grounded pin 1, per the instructions, and I was able to extract error code # 12, The descriptions I found were: "This Relates to Driver's airbag or control module circuit faults", which seems pretty vague. I Googled the code number and came up with this: "Airbag Main Wiring Harness, Module Wiring Harness Or Roll Connector Open" So are these descriptions saying code # 12 means I should replace he control unit? Used ones seem fairly plentiful on Ebay for not a lot of money.
  11. I was getting my son’s Legacy cleaned and ready to return to him today, after getting a new set of tires, and noticed the airbag light now stays on. Never any issues with it before and no accidents or issues with the light before (definitely none in the 2+ years we’ve owned it). Could a simple tire replacement have triggered it in any way? (no connection between the two that I can think of). Any electrical connections I can see look tight and no work has been done in or around the dash area recently. What else can we check on our own or should we bring it to someone who can scan the code? My scanner only does ECU codes. I hate to return the car to him with this issue (he is at college an hour away). Ironically he has been driving my other son’s Honda for which I have an appointment to have it’s 3rd airbag inflator recall done), so I need to get car back from him when he comes over later today.
  12. I'm going to just get a new set of tires since this is actually one of lower mileage, nicer Subaru's we have. I can save the three good tires and match my extra tire with it for some other car down the road (maybe our 2005 Impreza which is more of a beater, but I just put new rubber on that already).
  13. For what it's worth, it sounds like the noise the Impreza I just bought is making. I know it's coming from the rear, as when I out the fuse in to drive in frnt wheel drive, the noise pretty much went away. My mechanic is saying bearings in the differential are making the noise and that we can still drive it a while before we need another differential. You may want to try putting the fuse in the FWD fuse slot under the hood and see if it makes a difference.
  14. Yeah I really couldn't tell anything. Doesn't look that easy to pull the driveshaft without pulling part of the exhaust out of the way, especially on this model. I wish there was an easier way to determine whether u- joints are bad or not. Also have a whine my mechanic says comes from the differential and some other intermittent weird grinding, rattling noise which seems to come from the very back of the car. This thing has a variety of noises and quirks with it.
  15. I was under the car yesterday. I turned the driveshaft by hand- didn't notice anything out of the ordinary- seemed to turn smoothly.