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  1. Check wheel bearing temps with laser and also around the diff housing and see what pick up from that . Don't jump to conclusions as bearings a common source of some serious noise, hopefully temps make something obvious, if having hard time pinpoint it get it on a lift and run it in gear on lift and listen for noises and check bearing play while wheels off ground .
  2. Mud flaps

    I would contact rallyflapz for fitting details, seems pretty much what you want at fairly reasonable cost .
  3. Tyre Types, As Scooby "Disgraced" Itself!

    tricky one really as hard have right tyres all year round and matched for odd scenarios . Tyres good in mud won't be so good on road and will have more noise and worse MPG . If your yoko's well worn that wouldn't of helped as plenty tread depth helps a lot in mud .You going have weigh up what most important to you in tyre features and make a choice. Other option is spare set of wheels for more winter and off road use, couple farmers I do work for have second set of rims for more off road type tyre for wet and wintery times . I like nokian weatherproof as a all season tyre M+S rated, has good fuel and wet weather rating, pretty good all rounder but still likely need a tug in a real muddy field scenario .
  4. import car parts ICP or aftermarket online best bet in term of 'goods in hand time' and cost .
  5. If that intermittent then harder test and less likely anything battery/alternator . at the least take a poking device so when happens can hit/tap starter with it, if good hitting/tapping on starter/solenoid results in it cranking then pretty conclusive and will ideally want replace starter if all wiring checks fine. These things get worse but don't leave it too long or you may get stranded and if got no breakdown cover it gets pricey before even fixing issue .
  6. Nothing to do with fuel pump so don't waste any time in that area. If you got multimeter check battery voltage, should be 12.2 (low charge state) to 12.8 roughly pending on battery type(full charge no surface charge state) Also check battery voltage with aid of helper when no crank present and key held in crank position, if voltage still high all good if dropped to like 9v battery likely iffy with engine running and alternator working you should see 13.8v+ (normally 14v to 14.4v) turn on headlights fan and rear demister and check voltage, increase revs if voltage bit low and see if goes up again . This very basic battery and alternator test as not checking amp output from alternator or actual capacity of battery but it will be helpful if readings are all on high side . If that passes, use multimeter at starter and check battery voltage to starter cable side and starter terminal side and do resistance check earth side, also want do voltage drop test when under load (cranking) "google voltage drop testing for instructions. Only other wire on starter is smaller gauge ignition trigger wire which is what activates the starter solenoid when you turn the key to crank, if this shows 12V when turn key it fine and if shows 12v with key turned to crank and starter not working you instantly know immobiliser fine and starter or starter wring issue . My hunch from 30yrs experience, 20 on subaru and your description is starter/solenoid or if lucky simple wiring issue such as loose or corroded terminal . other simple test you could do with a helper is have them hold key in crank position while no crank fault present then first off tap on starter/soleniod with wood hammer handle repeatedly and see if springs into life (if does solenoid/yoke level worn/sticky, replace starter assembly) If doesn't spring to life try tapping pushing wiggling battery terminals and cable terminals at back of starter and if springs into life you found the area of fault . This all easy stuff but needs some experience fill the gaps and make most of test results you get . Don't go throwing parts at it without testing as just throwing money away . test don't guess . starter and battery good place learn some basics and plenty tuition on google for multimeter use on starter and battery tests .
  7. ^ That would be my hunch from his comments and experience but assume nothing and test everything . We would diagnose that in 10 to 20 minutes unless something more odd with immobiliser or ignition switch needing more testing pinpoint part and repair options . Do get odd one with simple battery terminal issue, had one before xmas where lady had ordered a battery online and fitted it herself, she hadn't loosened clamps off enough to fit fully down on new terminals and not done them very tight, wiggling them could see was loose and pushing down on them cured the intermittent no crank issue lol . easy fix with a 10mm spanner . Charged her hour and half labour and recon starter :-D no i didn't, only joking lol . Plenty starter motor option used or recon and easy fit so no big deal if that the issue .
  8. It a 12yr old starter and if done lot of short trips it had more use than a car with 120k on it. Sounds likely mechanical solenoid issue to me BUT always check power and grounds, we do this with voltage drop test with a dmm having tested battery charge state/drop test, also use infra red heat gun these days too and see temps at cable joins as shows a high resistance connection in seconds without getting fingers dirty. You also want check the ignition 12v trigger signal to starter solenoid as if ignition switch related or immobilizer related that 12v feed will be 0v . If the ignition trigger is 12v and getting to the solenoid and wiring to starter and voltage good (you can use jump leads as temporary leads/earths as a test procedure) then starter needs pulling and bench test and repair/replace .
  9. How to price Forester to sell?

    I would say about 3,500 about best you get private and even that may take a while . always best try little more as you can come down in price but not up . I picked up odd 04-05 XT as low as 2K privately in super tidy order under 100K . 2.5 not most popular due to HG issues, TGV and EGR valve issues and most people prefer a 2005 for road tax reasons . eBay is big seller for cars, even those using autotrader also be looking at eBay too . Do very good pictures (not with car still wet from a wash) and be super honest in description and things should be pretty simple once get a viewer . selling cars is just luck in having people interested close enough to your location . Good luck .
  10. Forester Diesel oil smoke

    sounds likely an issue to me. at over 12K now engine should of bedded in so no real excuse for oil consumption and smoke ... I would act on that pretty quickly and don't get white washed with excuses, and if possible do a vid of smoke and make record of oil volume lost in mileage covered and see where it takes you with subaru dealer .
  11. Anti roll bar bushes

    with only 1mm between part data and your measuring I would put money being they right, coming direct from dealer even more likely it right .
  12. 2006 Impreza fuel problem?

    pretty poor experience with your 2 garages work, just shooting parts at it based on hunches rather than proper diagnosis :-/ Expensive way fix what probably really only 1/3 of the total bill if someone competent had been involved, shame the customer don't have more rights on poor diagnosis work as would get rid of a lot of the not so good garages pretty quick .
  13. Foerster calipers

    Sending yours in for refurb by bigred is about most cost effective approach, they generally very well priced and do good work . We don't do caliper rebuilds too often as refurb cost generally better and a warranty/liability to fall on . Small issue of piston seal or slides we may do if individual parts cheap or after something specific like stainless piston fitting and caliper in general pretty clean to warrant effort, rear calipers with handbrake system issues generally always best getting full refurb .
  14. What immobiliser is this ? *HELP

    breakers or ebay cheapest route . it basically sigma alarm so same style sigma fob branded sigma will do you . do come up cheapish new at times on ebay, had them under £25 at times . be sure you know your 4 digit alarm pin, if not sort it asap and while you have a working remote . plenty threads with m30 alarm manual and on resetting pin code if needed ...
  15. My First Forester??

    Prices can be pretty low on these as not that popular on used market so don't be shy in making offers and put your initial offer few hundred below your ideal price so can haggle up a bit . Wouldn't pay too much of a premium for lower mileage on diesel, longer runs seem keep them more trouble free . try and view/test drive at least 3 before buying anything as will give you feel for the vehicle and a better idea of good price and potential faults through comparison . Here's another that may interest you, my favourite colour on this model forester, would want pay less than asking but how much less really depends on how crisp and clean it is and how much spent on servicing upkeep, thus you got see it to put a value on it . anything you look at low ball it with sensible offer and more so if simple cash sale. wouldn't be too concerned with dealer warranty as most of them useless at sorting subaru diesel running faults, main dealer could be bit better but I wouldn't pay a premium for dealer warranty as it simply a waste of money . Don't rush into it and be sure inspect and test drive thoroughly . Lot of what ends up in dealer yards is polished junk so be careful .