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A Friend of mine had a Forrester and I'm sure he was told that the belt should be changed around 90 to 100K as a precaution. You don't want it breaking in the middle of no where. Apparently its a pretty expensive job. I would ring around a few Auto repair shops. 50K seems a bit early for such a job.

2006 Subaru... | Answered on Jan 22, 2018


burning oil usually is bad rings or vALVE SEALS either takes considerable man hours to fix so it will be costly . they do sell an additive for that but I have no idea if it works . I suggest you check the oil weekly or even daily , not monthly might save you blowing the motor completely

2006 Subaru... | Answered on Mar 25, 2017


never-- I repeat never --use a used car dealer to do repairs on your car
The people employed are seldom qualified mechanics and they only know how to "bodgie" jobs just to get the car ready for a sale
oil will not leak from a head if the engine is running well , but oil will leak from faulty rocker cover gaskets
from your description, I suspect that when the car went in for the head gaskets a clapped out motor was fitted instead ( check engine numbers on the papers )
If you need a motor , there are plenty of good engines from japanese
engine importers
But at best do not have anything to do with that shop as the engine rebuild could be changing the engine back for your original motor

2006 Subaru... | Answered on Mar 11, 2017


ALL headlights have vertical and horizontal adjustments. The vertical may be obvious, an M8 shaft. Horizontal may be non obvious, or the adjuster is covered with a rubber grommet. Once you've located the adjusters, find a wall eve on mall car park, and see the low beam to the same height. Check high beam, and a just the horizontal as needed.

2006 Subaru... | Answered on Jun 19, 2016


on each headlamp assembly, there will be either one or two plastic nuts that you can turn.

If you only have one nut on each, that will adjust the vertical aim of the headlights.

If you have two nuts on each, one will adjust the vertical and the other will adjust the horizontal.

Park your car on a level ground 30 feet from a wall and measure the height from the ground to the bulb and mark on a wall (do this for highs beams and low beams if the bulbs are separate, if highs and lows are the same bulb, only do it for the lows)

If the headlights read VOR, then aim the brightest part or cutoff part just below the mark on the wall. If it says VOL or nothing, aim them 2 inches below the mark on the wall.

2006 Subaru... | Answered on May 06, 2016


Master switch or motor bad

2006 Subaru... | Answered on Apr 13, 2016


If the cylinder turns, it is a plastic clip inside the door that holds the linkage that has broke. Dealers don't sell them and it is hit and miss at parts stores. If the cylinder doesn't turn, replace it.

2006 Subaru... | Answered on Dec 18, 2015


Hello, The washer reservoir for the rear is the same as the one for the front. It has two small fluid pumps on the bottom of the reservoir, one for the front and one for the rear. If your rear washer isn't spraying, I would suspect there is a clog somewhere in the wash fluid tube leading back to the nozzle. If you have an air supply with a small tipped air blower, you can usually put a small amount of air through the line to see if it clears. I would advise to gain access to the rear washer tube and disconnect it and introduce the air at that location. Just figured I'd add that bit of diagnosis in case that was your problem. Hope this info helps!

2006 Subaru... | Answered on Mar 11, 2015


Unfortunately, universal catalytic converters do not have enough oxygen storage available and the code will return quickly if you use them. Asian imports are very touchy about this, Subaru's and Toyota's hate aftermarket universal cats!

2006 Subaru... | Answered on Mar 03, 2015


depends on usage heavy town work needs quicker changes.
most,if not all, techs change at 5years/75k same as cam belt, regardless.

2006 Subaru... | Answered on Feb 10, 2015


Does it have a turbo? It sounds like it might have a leak in one of the pressurized hoses after the turbo.

Alternatively, an intake leak. Maybe you can use a spray bottle and mist water (or WD40) around the intake gasket and hose connections and see if the idle tone changes.

2006 Subaru... | Answered on Jul 22, 2014


yes check fuses also check the pos+ and neg- battery cables make sure they are clean and put them back on nice and snug

2006 Subaru... | Answered on Jun 05, 2014

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