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Uneven acceleration just at the begining when starting forward.

Suspected problem air flow meter?

1998 Subaru Outback Limited.

question, in this vehicle...is this likely the problem?...is that the replacement part i should buy?...air flow meter?...I do minor repairs myself...like breaks and such...do you think i can handle replacing this part myself?...ie is it difficult?...any special tools required?...
Any help would be appreciated.
Bob

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  • bkundra Jan 30, 2009

    Thanks Rebgagnon,



    You answered my question exactly...interesting enough...the reason i suspected the MAF is that i got hesitation when as i touch the accellerator pedal slightly...then as you press slightly further...the hesitation goes away. I had a similar problem with a 1975 280Z and it turned out to be a warn rheostat (spelling?) in the airflow meter. So the resistance was not smooth and linear as the air flow meter started to move. Interestingly enough...the hesitation has not happened for several weeks now. I wonder if the MAF sensor is mechanical in nature like the z car?.

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If I am to understand correctly you are referring to the MAF, Mass Air Flow sensor. If so, it is a very simple job without the use of special tools. Disconnect wire connection from sensor. Remove air cleaner assembly From the air intake duct. Remove nut ( 10mm If i remember correctly) and lift from air cleaner. Then just reverse to reassemble. Hope this helps.

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