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Unread 18th May 2014, 08:23 AM
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Got a 2003 blue Forester.
It has been recently serviced and had a head gasket change.
It has oem alloys but I also got a set of steel rims, which going off previous posts won't be needed as the alloys should be plenty strong enough.

After having the car nearly 2 weeks a few things need attention.
The clock light doesn't work, the rear wiper doesn't work, the tyres are showing age and I get a whistle from the exhaust when under acceleration over 3K rpm.

This sunday was fix it day. The clock light was easy. The rear wiper was little more challenging. Didnt get any voltage at the rear wiper connector. I knew the fuse wasnt blown as the rear washer stikk works and they share the same fuse. Followed the cable run back to the right rear corner ofthe car and found a black box that was disconnected. Plugged the cable back in and the wipers fired up. The only thing was the wiper arc was wrong and was swinging right to left below the window. The resting place for the arm was on the right hand side of the window. I had a little chuckle, did someone replace the wiper arm, put it in wrong, couldn't figure it out and disabled the system by pulling the plug on the wiper controller? So a simple repositioning if the wiper arm to the bottom left of the window had the correct swing arc and a working rear wiper again.
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Unread 19th May 2014, 03:25 AM
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Well done Fazed
From the sounds of it, Sunday was a great day that worked out nicely for you

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Unread 19th May 2014, 03:40 AM
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Good stuff, Fazed.

Those sort of things are either extremely simple, or horribly frustrating to fix.
Glad that yours were easy ... .

Congrats on starting your car's journal

And now, some photos ...




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Unread 19th May 2014, 04:15 AM
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and I get a whistle from the exhaust when under acceleration over 3K rpm.
Mine makes the whistle too and I know of at least two other Foresters with the same problem. Most people think its the exhaust but some think its the intake. I've checked the entire length of my exhaust and intake and can't find anything obvious that would be making the noise. The car seems to be running fine so I just left it as the noise doesn't bother me and it lets everyone else know when I'm coming up the sand dune. But if you work out what it is I'll be interested.
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Unread 19th May 2014, 07:48 AM
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Mine makes the whistle too and I know of at least two other Foresters with the same problem. Most people think its the exhaust but some think its the intake. I've checked the entire length of my exhaust and intake and can't find anything obvious that would be making the noise. The car seems to be running fine so I just left it as the noise doesn't bother me and it lets everyone else know when I'm coming up the sand dune. But if you work out what it is I'll be interested.
I'm pretty sure that mine is from the exhaust. Done a bit of research which suggests that a baffle in the rear muffler dislodges and affects the air flow. I plan the get either a cat back or new rear muffler for more rumble so will post up if this gets rid of it.
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Unread 19th May 2014, 07:55 AM
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List of things to do.

Investigate why fog lights don't work - looks like it is missing a relay.
New rear muffler or cat back
Stereo that plays mp3's and bluetooth.
30mm raised king springs
215/65 Grabber AT2 or geolanders
New drivers side gusset - wind noise
Make a box to house my 2nd battery
Headlight wiring loom upgrade.

Probably need to start prioritising stuff and considering its winter the headlight loom upgrade and new tyres are probably the most important. I will try remoulding the gusset with the heat gun and clamp trick. There is only one 10mm section that make the noise and if I squish it with my finger I get quiet.

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Unread 19th May 2014, 09:44 AM
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XT's sound great with a rumbling exhaust, Beej's is the best sounding 4wd I've heard!

But first thing you need to do is replace the plastic sump guard with a metal one and remove the plastic front mud flaps if you haven't already done those things. Otherwise they catch on anything then rip other panels off.
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Unread 19th May 2014, 10:20 AM
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Haha, glad the wiper Fix was easy but imagine someone doing that lol

You've got a nice little to-do list
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Unread 21st May 2014, 08:08 PM
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Just ordered 3/4 inch spacers for the rear suspension from Paranoid fabrications. This combined with the raised king springs (eventually) should see me not needing trailing arm extensions plus retain clearance when the back is loaded.
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Unread 25th May 2014, 04:21 AM
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Wiper blade on the correct way


Front mud flap things removed


Heat gun and clamp trick for eliminating noise from the gusset.


Also sprayed WD40 into the low/High range lever, worked it in and got the LO light on the dash working again. Removed glove box to check on cabin filter and found I didn't have one, so time for the $8 special on ebay.

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