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Old 5th April 2017, 11:15 PM
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Put new steering rack bushes in today . The old ones weren't to bad but i had them in the cupboard for 12 months so i thought i'd better do them.
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Old 5th April 2017, 11:45 PM
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RonnyRoo got new booties today - 4x Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus 225/55 17" - fitted, balanced and wheel alignment for $750 under the Bridgestone '4 for price of 3' deal.

The tyres that came off were the originals - Yokohama GR95,
Oh no not Geosquealers lol

Not a fan of Bridgestone but those will do well

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Put new steering rack bushes in today .
Much improvement?
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Old 7th April 2017, 03:44 AM
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A little improvement, it seems to feel better when im cornering .
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Old 16th May 2017, 12:07 AM
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Had a busy couple weeks playing with the Foresters
Serviced the 2004 and replaced both the cabin filter and engine air filter. I used the UEC that Ateday put me onto. Great stuff at $55 for a box of 12 cans. The cabin filter was replaced 12 months ago and nearly had a garden growing in it!
Got off ebay for $20 an auxiliary UHF speaker for my 2002 which should do the job when on severely corrugated tracks.
Had the wifes SH professionally serviced by an independent very trusted Subaru specialist. Too new for my wife to let me play with it

This is the first service since the 5 year warranty expired. During the warranty only the Subaru dealer serviced it. Some interesting points;
  • At 95,00km the short motor was rebuilt under warranty and new valve seals were also installed. Given at 100,000km the very expensive spark plugs were due to be replaced it is not surprising that these weren't !!
  • The engine air filter despite being inspected at each service, was unserviceable
  • The sump plug had been butchered and could not be removed This was particularly annoying as it delayed the service by one day as a socket had to be mig welded onto the plug for it to be removed. So I had to pay for a new plug as well.
Not a good advert for Subaru Australia's dealers

On the weekend I replaced the tyres on all four corners of the SH at 131,000 km. These were the original G95 Yokohamas. Pretty amazing given they still had tread on them, but I figured it was time to move on. The new shoes are Bridgestone (following Ratbag's lead) but I got the Potenza Adrenalin RE003. I wouldn't use these off road, but on road so far a fantastic tyre. The stance and handling of the SH seems to have improved.
I also got a "buy 4 tyres and pay for 3 deal" including wheel alignment which helped with the dollars
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Your "interesting points" indicate a really poor service shop - care to name them?
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  • The sump plug had been butchered and could not be removed This was particularly annoying as it delayed the service by one day as a socket had to be mig welded onto the plug for it to be removed. So I had to pay for a new plug as well.
Not a good advert for Subaru Australia's dealers
that does suck.. as a starting baseline, I don't trust dealership mechanics. In these days of cap-priced servicing to large mileage, they're always trying to save a few bucks.

For your sump plug, get a Fumoto drain valve. They are the bees knees. https://www.fumoto.com.au/

The best $30 I ever invested in my car, I reckon.
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Old 16th May 2017, 08:59 AM
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Your "interesting points" indicate a really poor service shop - care to name them?
It did cross my mind! I am still contemplating writing to Subaru Australia. I will add it wasn't Eastern Subaru.
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that does suck.. as a starting baseline, I don't trust dealership mechanics. In these days of cap-priced servicing to large mileage, they're always trying to save a few bucks.

For your sump plug, get a Fumoto drain valve. They are the bees knees. https://www.fumoto.com.au/

The best $30 I ever invested in my car, I reckon.
Ha, the apprentice probably used a rattle gun and the wrong sized socket to bugger the sump plug!
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Your "interesting points" indicate a really poor service shop - care to name them?
My Forester has several parts broken when it was serviced by a big WA dealer!

The worst one (from a second dealer) was the radiator was (potentially) half filled then I discovered it when the temperature gauge shot up high when I was driving on the highway on a close to 40C day.

Don't go there anymore.
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Old 29th May 2017, 02:20 AM
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Well today I replaced the brake pedal rubber pad - not remarkable in itself but it did highlight the difference between OEM and non-OEM parts where, believe it or not, the OEM genuine part was a quarter of the price of the non-OEM! That's right, a "Mackay" pad was $22.10 and the genuine was $5.18. No prizes for guessing which one I purchased!
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