Tom Clark . Interesting and in my opinion beautiful pictures derived from the most common junk, but also a reminder of the fact that our "stuff" doesn't just disappear when we're done with it.
Easter at it's best.....
Over the past couple of days we've had a fielded a few calls about this and since I see so many of these cars around town I wanted to post a little info. It's going to affect A LOT of cars so it would be a good idea to get in line. SOA should start sending letters around the first week in April.
Subaru is issuing a recall for 275,000 Foresters today, built between November 26, 2007 and March 13,2012.
NHTSA cites a fault in the automatic locking retractor in the rear center seat belt assembly as the source of the issue. This specific seat belt connector is used for restraining child seats, and because of the faulty locking mechanism, child seats can become un-secure while the vehicle is in motion, greatly increasing the injury risk for the child in the seat.
Subaru will contact all owners affected and replace the faulty seat belt component free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or before April 13, 2012. Concerned customers can contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783, or the NHTSA safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
Perhaps one more reason other than just being proactive to lift the hood of your Subaru once in awhile. As you can see in the picture something started to build some affordable housing from recyclable materials. The flat top of the boxer engine's block makes a cozy home for rodents. Luckily, with such a mild winter we've seen fewer of these nests but then again winter's not over.
One other question we often get is about bulb life. Most of the time it's "why do my headlight bulbs keep blowing?". There can be many reasons but I'll go over what I consider to be the most common as people sometimes want to over complicate this due to the fact that electricity is involved. Repeated bulb failures can almost always be traced back to two things, a bulb of poor quality (made in China) or the fact that the vast majority of Subaru drivers leave their headlights on 100% of the time because the car will let you due to the fact that unlike other cars the headlamp relays are no longer powered when the ignition is turned off. A convenient feature yes, but problematic in the grand scheme of things. Leaving the light switch in the on position is a bad idea for two reasons. The first of which is that it creates an extra strain on the battery when cranking due to the fact that the headlamps are drawing current. In the winter this can lead to a no start condition pretty quickly, especially on a car with a marginal battery. But most importantly in relation to the bulb question is that it simply decreases the life of the headlight bulb by running the bulb at full wattage since every bulb has a life expectancy at it's rated output. This also produces quite a bit of heat at the electrical connector for the bulb resulting in either melted connectors or most often melted wires which even a high quality bulb can't survive with for very long. This is the reason why Subaru uses a DRL or daytime running light by illuminating the high beam at a lower wattage so you still have the safety feature of your car being visible to other drivers without the added strain on the electrical system. Replacing most of the bulbs on your Subaru is a relatively simple procedure but if in doubt always remember to check your owner's manual or give us a call and we'll be happy to help. Thanks for reading.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for real car stuff.