My Baja is on the road

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harleyjohn45
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My Baja is on the road

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As you may recall, last November i purchased a 2006 Baja Turbo from a car dealer in Longview Texas. The car gave immediate CEL's and the Turbo was broken. I drove the car from Longview to Alto, NM in what I assume was limp mode. It's been a long journey, but last Saturday we got if fired up. The car runs great and It's very quiet, I still have one one code a P1941 (EGR). I ordered a new code reader, hope it helps. AS recommended I pulled the oil pan and found lots of shrapnel, that is not a good sign. We shall see. The car is now tagged and registered in New Mexico, so at least I'm legal. Plenty left to do, but a lot of it I can do. I will post pictures when I learn how.

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I've been doing a few little things. Yesterday I drained the trans fluid and when I tried to remove the dipstick, it was stuck. I managed to break the yellow tab, so today I will pull the dipstick tube and repair that. In my 83 years I have never had a stuck dipstick. First time for everything, it seems to be a common thing on Subaru.

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I'm glad your car is working and on the road, and glad your turbo worked out. I've owned almost 30 subarus and have never broken a dipatick. Maybe you should lay off the gym :D

Unfortunately it really sounds like your vehicle had absolutely the bare minimum of maintenance it's whole life. Since you are it's new caretaker, all that deferred maintenance is now on you.
1992 Legacy SS, 5mt and heavily modified
2000 Impreza RS Coupe, RSTI swap in progress
2003 Baja, 4eat & NA. Bone stock and loving it!

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My first Subie, a '98 Forester, I couldn't find the yellow dipstick. Figuring it was automatic and maybe those were only for manuals, I didn't pursue it any further. The car was passed down to my daughter, and about a year ago she calls me "my car is making a terrible noise, I was able to get it off the road and into a parking lot". Long story short, I ended up finding the dipstick, covered with grime and it was bone dry. A boneyard transaxle from another '98 saved the car until she moved up to a 2010 Forester. "Yes Virginia, they ALL have differential dipsticks"

THIRTY Subies. That's impressive. Dennis

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mike-tracy wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:30 am
I'm glad your car is working and on the road, and glad your turbo worked out. I've owned almost 30 subarus and have never broken a dipatick. Maybe you should lay off the gym :D

Unfortunately it really sounds like your vehicle had absolutely the bare minimum of maintenance it's whole life. Since you are it's new caretaker, all that deferred maintenance is now on you.
Thanks Mike the car pulls strong.

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ZUBAJA wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:45 pm
My first Subie, a '98 Forester, I couldn't find the yellow dipstick. Figuring it was automatic and maybe those were only for manuals, I didn't pursue it any further. The car was passed down to my daughter, and about a year ago she calls me "my car is making a terrible noise, I was able to get it off the road and into a parking lot". Long story short, I ended up finding the dipstick, covered with grime and it was bone dry. A boneyard transaxle from another '98 saved the car until she moved up to a 2010 Forester. "Yes Virginia, they ALL have differential dipsticks"

THIRTY Subies. That's impressive. Dennis

Today I pulled the transmission dip stick tube, I had to drill several holes in the dip stick to get it out. I'm in the market for a new dipstick, there are none available. There is no reason parts should be unavailable for a 14 year old car. I have a 1930 Ford and can buy every part for it.
I can actually repair my dip stick to last until I can find a good one.
I messed up my engine oil dip stick tube, so I bought a new one. It's 1/2 inch longer than the original. Tomorrow I will repair the original and put it back in the car.
I was told the automatic transmission oil has not been changed since new. The car shifts perfect.

Dennis are you saying your front differential was out of oil?

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I don't know who you talked to about the dipstick and tube, but here are the part numbers:

Dipstick tube:
31080AA110

Dipstick
31088AA160

O-ring for the dipstick and tube (you need a total of 2)
806910030

I found them at my local dealer's website:
https://parts.rentonsubaru.com/a/Subaru ... 54-02.html
You can order them online yourself if you want to. I don't recommend talking to whoever told you they didn't make them any more!
1992 Legacy SS, 5mt and heavily modified
2000 Impreza RS Coupe, RSTI swap in progress
2003 Baja, 4eat & NA. Bone stock and loving it!

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Re: My Baja is on the road

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mike-tracy wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:40 pm
I don't know who you talked to about the dipstick and tube, but here are the part numbers:

Dipstick tube:
31080AA110

Dipstick
31088AA160

O-ring for the dipstick and tube (you need a total of 2)
806910030

I found them at my local dealer's website:
https://parts.rentonsubaru.com/a/Subaru ... 54-02.html
You can order them online yourself if you want to. I don't recommend talking to whoever told you they didn't make them any more!
Mike, the parts are on order. We have a Subaru dealer in Albuquerque, that's 3.5 hours away.
Thank you very much
Next time I'm in Albuquerque I will stop in and visit with them. We usually go to Autozone and order parts. I repaired my old dipstick and it will do until I get my new part. That transmission tube is a bear to get in and out of the car.

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harleyjohn45 wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:37 pm
mike-tracy wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:40 pm
I don't know who you talked to about the dipstick and tube, but here are the part numbers:

Dipstick tube:
31080AA110

Dipstick
31088AA160

O-ring for the dipstick and tube (you need a total of 2)
806910030

I found them at my local dealer's website:
https://parts.rentonsubaru.com/a/Subaru ... 54-02.html
You can order them online yourself if you want to. I don't recommend talking to whoever told you they didn't make them any more!
Mike, the parts are on order. We have a Subaru dealer in Albuquerque, that's 3.5 hours away.
Thank you very much
Next time I'm in Albuquerque I will stop in and visit with them. We usually go to Autozone and order parts. I repaired my old dipstick and it will do until I get my new part. That transmission tube is a bear to get in and out of the car.
OK, CEL is gone, AC is cold, Axel boot repaired so now the Baja is daily driver status. Transmission oil changed. I have to order the oil for the differentials. That should be about it, this vehicle proves than anything can be repaired. If it is not a reliable vehicle, then I will get rid of it. I'm a cheapskate and these cars are not cheap to repair.

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