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About Swayze88

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    Carnwath, South Lanarkshire
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    Forester 2.0 XT , XV 2.0 SE

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  1. Swayze88

    Making a better sound.

    Not sure why that didn't work, hopefully this one will.
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    Making a better sound.

    So i've been doing a lot of looking around and there seems to be a general thought that the removal of the back box on a Diesel makes sod all diference to the sound. I thought I'd try it out and see if it made any difference. Its only two bolts, it will take 20 mins I thought, well of course one of the bolts snapped in the flange, so it suddenly became a bit more of a pain in the ... rear. when you need bolt extractors, stud extractors, an impact gun and a breaker bar, its not been a sucessful day! In general i'd say there is very little difference. Driving around I couldn't notice a change until above around 3,000 rpm, which to be honest I rarely go above unless i'm in a rush. Above 3,000 rpm there was a louder "wooshing" sound, which I think might have been due to the exhaust pointing straight into the boot space. Anyway, Here is a video and you can decide for yourselves. https://youtu.be/yVaOEn4lNZ8 I've put it back on due to the direction the exhaust points, but might see if I can get a couple bends of pipe and delete it permenantly. The back box weighs 9.5Kg if anyone is bothered.
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    Topping up the air con gas?

    Hey Sinver, i'm pretty sure the XV uses R1234yf gas which is the new far less damaging to the environment replacement for R-134a. I would not try and top up with the R-134a gas, as the next time you take it to be gassed by a garage they will see the R1234yf is contaminated and have to clean the whole system. Unfortunately the Environmental benefits of R-1234yf come at a cost. its expensive stuff compared to the old R-134a, I would be tempted to take it somewhere like (Please don't shout at me) KwiK Fit, as they can test if the system has a leak prior to putting any gas in, typically they don't charge you if they don't fill it up. Hope that helps.
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    Slight knock under light load

    Good to know that they are dealing with it. Interesting to hear they have only replaced one injector. Good news for us as I can't imagine they are cheap or easy to do. Just because they have only had to replace one doesn't mean that you won't be the second! They hadn't don't any wiring looms till I took mine in 😁 Good luck tomorrow, hope all is fixed.
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    Intermittant Steering warning light issue

    Any chance this is related to the wiring harness recall? Have you had/do you know if the loom has been checked? Not sure if it was fixed for the 2014 model, but might be worth a check as that sounds fairly dodgy. Hope you get it sorted! Let us know what the outcome is.
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    Slight knock under light load

    I Don't like fake Carbon , but I like chrome even less. I decided to give wrapping the grill a go. It wasn't the easiest, as the grille bends and twists in every direction just to keep you on your toes. I think it looks pretty good, hopefully it lasts a bit longer than the plastidip did. (Halfords own brand). One day maybe when I'm feeling flush i'll get a black sports grille from America/Japan and be done with all the painting/wrapping! The tiger claw scratches are the reflection of a fence, don't worry!
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    Almost Mint Forester

    Check the water pump is spinning freely? I had issues with sporadic overheating which was the water pump jamming.
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    New XV on order

    Ooh, must be getting excited! No sleep for you tonight! Make sure you get some pictures when you pick it up!
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    What did you do to your XV today???

    Washed the cars, then decided to wrap the roof bars as the plastidip wasn't so good. Its pretty rough, but looks ok from afar!
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    More Power?

    Booked in with Quantum over the weekend and managed to pop along to a local(ish) garage last night and get the map put on the car. A very straight forward procedure, with the exception of the car not wanting to communicate via the OBD2 port while the battery booster was up at 14V, once lowered to around 13V the ECU started to communicate. Strange, but true. He downloaded the Original Map, sent it off to Quantum, and shortly after they returned it. He Loaded it onto the ECU and away we went. The fitter asked when the last oil change was done (Friday Night) said to keep on top of oil changes as the turbo will be working harder. - seems like reasonable advice. Drive-ability seems the same as before, no weirdness to report. Definitely has a little more go to it, and pulls a bit more from lower down. I've not been brave enough to go full hooligan yet, but will keep you updated. I've reset the trip computer to compare my fuel consumption over the next few miles. If i can restrain from flooring it too much i'm expecting the MPG to go up.
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    What did you do to your XV today???

    Another 6,000 miles, another oil change. This time it was a little different. Installed my Fumoto valve (F105N M20-1.5) *edit that's for the diesel, not sure if the petrol is the same. Couple pictures showing how low it hangs out the bottom, I think if I were buying another I wouldn't get the long nipple. One thing I did note was that the length of the thread on the valve was maybe 5mm longer than the oil pan is thick, so it will protrude into the pan preventing a complete drain of the old oil. Take from that what you will. I pushed the plastic up with a spirit level and the lowest metal on the underside sits about halfway down the nipple, so you'd have to be sliding the belly of the car along the ground to have a problem... But I've done that before in my old forester.
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    Slight knock under light load

    Could it be slapping of the timing chain? a failing tensioner?
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    What did you do to your XV today???

    I got it from subaru-parts.co.uk and it was £75, however I think it might have been the last one they had as its now showing out of stock :( https://subaru-parts.co.uk/product/genuine-subaru-sliding-arm-rest-impreza-xv/ The Part number is J2010FJ100VH Nice improvement, I like it, and as its OEM it matches the interior properly and fitted easily.
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    What did you do to your XV today???

    @Aberdeen Chris So an exciting box arrived for my XV today! While shopping for oil filters I noticed you can get a sliding arm rest, coming from a forester with captains chairs I always wanted a bit more left arm lean so I bought it! Super easy to install, the panel at the back pulls off from the bottom then straight out at the top. 4 screws hold the arm rest on. As you can see from the pictures it's physically the same size as the fixed one, with the exception of the hollowed out section. The armrest slides forward over the centre cup holder about half way. Hopefully it won't disrupt my morning coffee! Tomorrow will be the test. (Apologies for the muck! Probably should have wiped the dog prints off it before taking the pictures!)
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    Slight knock under light load

    I'll pop it into the what did I do today post, so as to not dilute this post any further.