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Re: Subaru Forester window air leak
Subaru Tech here, when we get these wind noise problems we first verify the noise. Then, open the door and brace it open with your leg and put both hands on the gusset that the mirror attaches to, then we pull in and down as hard as we can to bend the gusset in as far as it can go. these gussets are very stout, don't worry about breaking anything. Then do the same thing on the opposite side of the car, then we would road test the vehicle again. If the noise(s) are gone, then only the diagnostic fee would be charged, if the noise(s) are still present, the gussets need to be replaced... I have tried many different ways of getting around replacing the gussets on my own car. But in the end I had to replace them, very easy to replace, must remove the door panel and mirror. Once the new one is in(loosely), install the mirror and roll the window all the way up while you have the door open. Push the gusset down and as close to the window as possible, then tighten it. Install the door panel and your done. Hope this info helps!
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There is a TSB Bulletin on issue. Number:12-82-04 dated 04/15/04.
Involves Replacing Door Mirror Gussets. First try opening window and squeezing rubber together (that glass runs through) by mirror to see if that helps reduce noise. I believe this is caused by closing door hold glass instead of door!
Replacement parts are:
Right Gusset PN 61158AE00B
Left Gusset PN 61158AE01B
I had left one changed at body shop (while car was there) and now its so quiet the right one is annoying me!
This is the service procedure for a 2003 Subaru Forester, but should be the same: Rotate the mirror left or right about 90 degrees or as far as you can rotate it. There is a U-shaped clip that holds the mirror to its mount with a little U at the tip for pulling the clip out with needlenose pliers, etc. Buy new clip for reinstallation, about $6.10 from the dealer. There is a bladder in auto-dimming mirror that seem to burst with age and/or heat and a bubble of clear mirror with frosting appears that will move as you rotate the mirror. No recall that I have seen, but should be. Mine just went last week. $220 to replace at Winchester Subaru.
yes... you'll need to remove screws that are by the door handle,
arm rest, under door and side of door and then gently pull back on the
panel as there will also be retaining clips attached and you don't want
to break them. You'll need to lift the door panel upwards in order to
get it off the window ledge. Then you can access the bolts holding the mirror on and disconnect the wiring harness as well..
window gussets rattling? are you talking about the rubber piece behind the outside mirrors? if there is any concern with these gussets cousing a rattle i've never heard of it,when the gusset goes bad or gets deformed they cause a wind noise while driving,air seeps between the gusset and the weatherstrip,gussets deform over time because the window rides up it,the gusset actually moves back and forth against the weatherstrip due to the window constantly putting pressure on it when it rises and lowers hope this helps,by the way this is a easy fix,if this is the concern,roll the window down,open door and push mirror toward weatherstrip,if it doesn't correct you'll need a new gusset
1) Check all the vacuum hoses for a leak in the rubber hose or a hose that isn't connected. Vacuum leaks cause motors to shake and stumble on acceleration. 2) There's a plastic T connection on the back side of the engine behind and under the air cleaner box. That T connector joins together three air hoses of different sizes and is prone to breaking from heat stress. Only a Subaru dealer will have this part. 3) Even though the spark plug wires are new, you may have a bad one. Don't waste your money on cheap parts; they cost more in the long run. Good luck!
You need to clear the condenstate drain for the AC evaporator core, it is under the car, as far as the hissing, sounds like a vacuum leak, look for a disconnected small hose around the area of the noise.