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Crackling noise coming from behind dash of 97 Subary Legacy GT

When I start my 97 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT, I sometimes here a crackling or ticking noise coming directly behind my speedometer. This happens about 30% of the time when I am in reverse or driving, but never when I am standing still. The speedometer & odometer work fine, and the car runs perfectly.

This began last week after I took the car in for an oil change, but I think the problem may be electrical, because the noise causes static on the AM radio when I have the car stereo on.

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    Jeff Turcotte May 22, 2017

    Hi Jeff Jotz, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box? most likely a relay is failing. Try to locate it and replace it.

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SOURCE: 93 subaru legacy gt

Check The Vehicle Speed Sensors.

The Legacy has 2 Vehicle Speed Sensors (VSS): VSS1 is located inside of the transaxle; VSS2 is located in the combination meter assembly.

VSS1

  1. Disconnect the electrical harness from the transaxle.
  2. Connect an ohmmeter across the transaxle's electrical harness terminals 9 and 16.
  3. The resistance should be 450-650 ohms.
  4. After testing, reconnect the electrical harness.
VSS2
  1. Remove the instrument cluster from the instrument panel.
  2. Disconnect the electrical connectors and the speedometer cable from the instrument cluster.
  3. Connect an ohmmeter or continuity tester across the combination meter terminals 7 and 11.
  4. Insert a small screwdriver in the speedometer cable drive socket.
  5. Rotate the speedometer drive and note the continuity across the VSS terminal. Continuity should turn ON/OFF 4 times per speedometer drive revolution.

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SOURCE: 1995 Subaru Legacy oil and filter

Oil is 10-30 and the type of oil filter is up to you, you can go cheap or you can go expensive it is all up to you what you want to run in your car.

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SOURCE: Overheat on my 1997 Subaru Legacy GT

Sorry if this might break your heart. I have '98 Outback which is the same 1st generation DOHC 2.5 engine. These are common head gasket problem (I'd say 100% of every engine sooner or later) once you have had your car overheated.

You will not get this comfirmed by just have your mech check the compression on the cylinder because we call it phantom leak (internal leak which can be confirmed with hydrocarbon in coolant). And then you will end up replace every other thing before you could reach the source of problem.

Other signs of this issue are as following: random overheating after freeway or uphills drive, bubbles in coolant overflow tank, oil residue in coolant overflow tank, bubble nioses from the a/c vent.

You're looking at $1000-1500 repair by independent mech as they have to pull engine out to fix the problem. I had mine fixed two weeks ago and now my baby is running like a champ.

google for "Subaru head gasket problem"

Posted on Feb 10, 2009

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SOURCE: 1999 Subaru Legacy Sedan.. speedometer works

I finally fixed mine, on my 1999 Subaru legacy 30th anniv edition. . .

I removed the speedometer head, and resoldered the green connector on the board. Then I also ran a wire to duplicate the trace wire from the middle pin to the first connect (about 4mm). Problem gone.

email for more details if interested: mike(at)whiteley.org

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there is a recall on some of the fuel lines under the hood, they get old and leak.

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