Repair Guide for the Subaru is intended to teach you more about the inner working of your vehicle and save you money on its upkeep. The first two sections will be used the most, since they contain maintenance and tune-up information and procedures. The following sections concern themselves with the more complex systems of your vehicle. Operating systems from engine through brakes are covered to the extent that we feel the average do-it-yourselfer should get involved. this guide will not explain such things as rebuilding the differential for the simple reason that the expertise required and the investment in special tools make this task uneconomical. We will tell you how to do many jobs that will save you money, give you personal satisfaction, and help you avoid problems.
A secondary purpose of this guide is as a reference for owners who want to understand their vehicle and/or their mechanics better. In this case, no tools at all are required.
Before moving any parts, read through the entire procedure. This will give you the overall view of what tools and supplies will be required.
The section begins with a brief discussion of the system and what it involves, followed by adjustments, maintenance, removal and installation procedures, and repair or overhaul procedures. When repair is not considered feasible, we tell you how to install the new or rebuilt replacement. In this way, you at least save the labor costs. Backyard repair of such components as the alternator is just not practical.
Two basic mechanic's rules should be mentioned here. One, whenever the left side of the vehicle or engine is referred to, it is meant to specify the driver's side of the vehicle. Conversely, the right side of the vehicle means the passenger's side. Secondly, most screws and bolts are removed by turning counterclockwise, and tightening by turning clockwise. Safety is always the most important rule. Constantly be aware of the dangers involved in working on an automobile and take the proper precautions. Use jackstands when working under a raised vehicle. Don't smoke or allow an exposed flame to come near the battery or any part of the fuel system. Always use the proper tool and use it correctly. Bruised knuckles and skinned fingers aren't a mechanic's standard equipment. Always take your time and have patience. Once you have some experience, working on your vehicle will become an enjoyable hobby.