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High speed vibration in steering is typically caused by an out-of balance wheel. I suggest having your wheels balanced.

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At 213K km, there's wear in the valve guides (== more oil consumption), the O2 sensor(s) are getting tired, and the plug wires and plugs are old. All these can cause the jerkiness.

Changing the plug wires would be a good start, followed by the plugs, unless thus has been done. A tired O2 sensor usually sets the occasional 420 error code.

You could also try resetting the ECU. What this does is place it into a learning mode, and the jerkiness may disappear for a while. If it does, it means the ECU is running the engine around the edge conditions. Replacing the O2 sensor may help, but don't do it unless you get an error code.

Also, check for exhaust leaks on the "donut" connection after the catalytic converter. Even a small leak can cause the O2 sensor to report "off" conditions.

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did it have this problem before you had it serviced. if not then guess what they did something wrong at the shop and need to fix there mistake. sluggish wont go away just changing the oil. if you suspect the brakes dragging. you would only need to jack up the wheels to see which one wont turn. and if a brake is dragging. it will get so hot you can feel the heat when you touch the center of the rim. might check for any vacuum leaks or if they connected the hose clamps from the air box to the intake.

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Manual or auto trans? If manual, check fluid level. Grinding noise could be u-joint starting to fail, or even wheel bearing.

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You MUST read the fault codes to discover what cylinder is misfiring. Why not buy a cheap fault code reader. Here is one such reader. New OBD2 II EOBD Car Diagnostic Code Reader Live Data

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Impossible to diagnose without the trouble codes. Get the codes read and post here. ALWAYS start by reading the trouble codes to get a starting point.

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The linkage or nuetral safety switch problem. Call a mobilemechanic thats xperiencd. If hes good takes money aftr job

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I ran into this once when I changed a 2000 engine with a 2001 engine. The crankshaft gear for the timing belt was different. One had 2 ears for the crank angle sensor and one had 4. To check if this is the problem, pull all 4 sparkplugs, hook them to your plug wires, turn the engine over and see if you only have spark to 2 cylinders. If that's what you find then you will need to replace the crankshaft timing belt gear.
If that's not it, and you have spark to all 4 cyls., check your fuses. It could be a fuel pump fuse or ECM or an number of other fuses.
Good luck

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Hello, the interior fuse box is usually located behind the left side dash. Look to see if your car has a small drop down coin compartment just left of your left knee if your sitting in the drivers seat. If you open the small compartment and pull straight back and up the compartment will pop off of its mounting tabs and the fuse box is inside. The fuse map/legend should be on the back of the compartment you just pulled out. The under hood fuse box is on the drivers side of the car, under the hood just inside of the left front fender. It's almost touching the battery and washer fluid reservoir. I hope this info helps.

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Try disconnecting the battery for 1/2 hr. Or take it to the dealership for a diagnosis.

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you only do a computer reset when the check engine light is on

if you have an obd2 scanner at your disposal, you can reset the computer that way AKA clearing any stored trouble codes in the computer

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Hello, it is most likely the vehicle speed sensor. There is only one and should be mounted on the passengers side in the upper center section of the trans. The Subaru pin-point test says: Step 1-Is the vehicle an automatic?...No, then go to step 3- Does the speedometer operate normally?...No, Then check speedometer and VSS. I own two Subys and I've replace the speed sensor on one of them, I haven't seen to many gauge pods go out but it's not unheard of. But it's a lot cheaper to try a vehicle speed sensor than it is for a gauge pod. I hope this info helps!

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at your dealer

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Bring it to dealership, this code is listed in Subaru TSB and should be free to fix it.

2005 Subaru Forester Engine TSBs
1 TSB Number: 166806 NHTSA Number: 10020531 TSB Date: October 9, 2006 Date Added to File: November 13, 2006 Failing Component:
Engine And Engine Cooling:Engine Summary:
Vehicles equipped with 4 eat diagnostic procedures for P0851/P0852.

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they are mounted to the lower radiator support rail. You have to remove the bumper cover (read plastic outside bumper) to replace them.

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This also happened to my 2002 WRX. I took the CD player out of the console and found a tiny spring (which I could not find) was not in its location, which would actuate the "play CD" switch inside. After a few hours I decided to reassemble the player and use it as a non-CD unit. The radio and cassette player still work, so I purchased a cassette MP3 player adapter so I can plug in my cell phone and play songlists.

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