I have an 06 outback xt that is just really weak for the last 2.5 weeks. It first came on when I was driving from UT to california for a move. It came on slowly - first the car wasn't able to maintain 80mph up hills, then it started struggling on the flat ground too. Now I have to keep it reved up high to maintain 65 mph going up hills. It also takes a long time just to accelerate from stopped to 30-40mph.
JA: Have you checked the battery
, particularly the terminal connections? Are they corroded?
Customer: they are not corroded. On thursday a friend and I replaced the timing belt. turns out it was off a tooth. I was told the timing belt was replaced just before I purchased the car in May. Apparently the dealer lied to me. The pulleys and tensioner were all original - and shot. although the water pump looked brand new....and the timing belt didn't have much wear on it. It had no markings on it like other replacement belts do so we really have no idea how new/old that belt was. anyway, we were hopeful that replacing the timing belt and pulleys would help a bit. It feels like its idling a little smoother now, but no improvement in acceleration at all.
JA: What is the make/model/year of your car?
Customer: 2006 subaru outback XT - so it has the 2.5 liter with a turbo. It's an automatic too
JA: Are you fixing your Outback yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: we gutted the catalytic converters thinking that was the problem, but that yielded no improvement.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: It supposedly had the turbo replaced right before i bought it. I have since put 6000 miles on it. I checked the union bolt upstream of the turbo to make sure it wasn't blocked. It was not, oil was able to flow through the union bolt with no problem. I'm really hoping it's not a problem with the turbo, but I'm worried it might be
JA: What year is your '06 Turbo?
Customer: 06 = 2006