Oil crisis in the Outback
I RECENTLY bought a 2005 Subaru Outback manual 2.5L with about 60,000km on the clock and I amsurprised to find it uses oil. Over a normal service period of six months and typically having travelled 6000km-8000km in that time, it drops from the high mark to just below the low mark on the dipstick. If we tow our small camper trailer, oil consumption increases even more. Is this above normal use and if so where is it going and why?
Peter, email SUBARU says that without direct knowledge of the car the use appears to fall within its acceptable limits. But if you have doubts they recommend you get an authorised Subaru dealer to check it. It is good that you check engine oil levels regularly as, despite some perceptions, they do use some oil over time. Call Subaru’s Customers Relations on 1800 226 643 to find your nearest dealer. M-M-M-MAZDA! I HAVE just bought a used 2003 Mazda Tribute V6 and the engine stutters or misfires often enough to make me wonder if there is a problem. Is there a problem with the 2003 V6 Mazda Tribute, and if so, do you know the cause and possible solution?
Alan Davis, email IDON’T know of a widespread issue that would cause your problem. It’s an old car and first I’d get the ignition and fuel system serviced. If that doesn’t provide a solution I’d look for a faulty electrical connection associated with the engine and its sensors. CRANKSHAFT CALL AFTER noticing oil droplets where I park my VY Series II Holden Calais, I found the area between the engine and gearbox seems to be bathed in dark oil. Also, the right rear wheel rattles on bumpy roads and speed bumps. What do you think might be the cause?
Rui Mendes, email
THE oil is probably coming from the rear main oil seal on the crankshaft. It’s relatively common and shouldn’t be of great concern providing it’s not a large pool of oil. Check the engine oil level regularly and if you see it dropping rather quickly have a
Alittle sumpin’: An Outback gets down to the low-oil mark between services