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Old 25th June 2016, 04:36 AM
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Hope that works perfectly for you, mate.

Have a safe and enjoyable trip to the west. I'm envious ...
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Old 2nd July 2016, 01:43 AM
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My (trusty) MY03 continues its, almost, silent life. Leaving tomorrow for WA so hope it stays that way.
Should arrive on about Friday and will be based at Chidlow for a couple of weeks with the family. Being the eternal optimist all will be well with no more singing.
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Old 2nd July 2016, 05:47 AM
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Have a very safe and happy trip, mate.
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Old 30th July 2016, 03:48 AM
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Well the song was sung......
Nearly 7000 kms and just under 4 weeks later we are back in Adelaide, almost without incident.
The noisy thrust bearing, as indeed that is what it was, remained silent for about 9000 kms in total until about 200 kms out of Adelaide on the return journey when total clutch failure occurred. My better half was at the wheel and was about to take off from a short refreshment stop when she could not find any gears. She asked me to drive and I couldn`t find any either.......
The clutch pedal went flat to the floor so after a few "buggers" I managed to start the (almost) trusty beast in first gear and slowly and gently worked my way into 5th. And so we continued through the bucketing rain and gusting wind until we reached traffic light territory. I could negotiate the first couple of red lights by slowly and gently changing down to come to a stop until the battery decided it didn`t like this little game and refused to start the car in first.
Time to call the RAA but at least we were within their free towing range so now a new clutch, thrust bearing and spigot bearing later I am mobile again, not to mention somewhat lighter in my wallet!!!
I can only thank Patrick and Roger at Down South Car Repairs for allowing me to leave a broken down Forester at his (workshop`s) front door at about midnight on last Tuesday. I left it completely in his hands and was about to call him yesterday arvo to see if he had had a chance to look at the problem(s) when he rang me to say come and pick it up, it`s finished.
Good service indeed.
The story morals are that a singing noise from the clutch region "may" give you about another 9000 kms before total failure and the synchro on a Subaru gearbox is pretty good.

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Old 30th July 2016, 04:50 AM
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Happy to see you were almost home before it gave up!
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Old 30th July 2016, 07:11 AM
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Hi Gil,
that's a big bugger! Lucky that you were close to home.Did you need a new battery as well? Probably a good thing that your Simpson Desert crossing didn't go ahead.
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PS: the Victorian Subaru 4wd Club has completed the crossing of the Simpson Desert and are now heading down the Birdsville Track today.
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Old 30th July 2016, 09:30 PM
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"Happy to see you were almost home before it gave up"
Yes I sure was as it could have been a lot worse. Suspect the middle of the Nullabor is not a desirable place to break down.
Battery is ok, just, I suspect, starting in first a number of times drained it at a faster rate than it could be recharged. Alternator is original also so it can`t be at 100% efficiency either.
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