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1998 Subaru Legacy
5 Recalls & Safety Reports
Recall List for the 1998 Subaru Legacy
Official recalls have been issued for the 1998 Subaru Legacy by the NHTSA. The complete details of all recalls are listed below, along with what they cover and the recommended solutions.
Recalls don't cost you anything to get fixed, but most are time-limited, so if your car is affected you should call your local Subaru service department immediately!
If you have questions about a recall, write down your VIN & then call Subaru customer service.
1998 Subaru Legacy SUSPENSION:FRONT:SPRINGS:COIL SPRINGS NHTSA Campaign #01V216000
Summary: Vehicle description: Passenger vehicles equipped with front coil springs originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, and in the District of Columbia. The front coil springs were produced with poor paint quality which, after continued exposure to corrosive salt, can result in breakage of the spring.
Consequence: Depending on the location of the fracture, a broken spring could move past the spring seat and contact a front tire. Some tires have deflated due to contact with a broken spring.
Actions: Dealers will notifiy customers to bring their vehicle to an authorize dealership to have a spring guard installed on both front struts to prevent tire puncture and replace any broken springs free of charge. Owner notification began September 18, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #01V216000 »
1998 Subaru Legacy ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR NHTSA Campaign #00I002000
Summary: This is not a safety recall in accordance with the Safety Act. However, it is deemed a safety improvement campaign by the Agency. Vehicle description: Passenger vehicles. Some of these vehicles have an alternator problem that can result in a loss of charging capability.
Consequence: If the alternator fails, the alternator warning telltale will alert the driver to the problem, giving ample opportunity to seek repair before a loss of battery power, which, if the warning were ignored, could ultimately result in a loss of vehicle power (engine stall).
Actions: Dealers will replace the alternator with a modified alternator. Owners will also be cautioned that, should the alternator telltale warning lamp illuminate, they must seek immediate repair to avoid the eventual loss of electrical power, which could result in an engine stall. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #00I002000 »
1998 Subaru Legacy SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:MASTER CYLINDER NHTSA Campaign #99V040000
Summary: Vehicle description: Passenger and sport utility vehicles equipped with anti-lock braking system (ABS). (the 1999 2.2 liter Legacy vehicles are excluded). In extremely cold weather, the brake pedal goes to the floor and the vehicle stopping distance is increased.
Consequence: This condition causes the vehicle stopping distance to be increased, possibly resulting in a crash.
Actions: Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #99V040000 »
1998 Subaru Legacy ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE NHTSA Campaign #98V127000
Summary: Vehicle description: Passenger vehicles, also service parts supplied to Subaru dealers are involved (lot numbers F01 J21D2, F01 J30D2, F02 J09D1, F02 J09D2, and F02 J20D1). The purolator oil filter cans used on these vehicles can fracture causing a vaporized oil spray and subsequent oil leak.
Consequence: This vaporized oil spray can result in oil vapor ignition by the hot exhaust system resulting in a possible underhood fire.
Actions: Dealers will inspect and replace these engine oil filters. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #98V127000 »
1998 Subaru Legacy POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:GEAR POSITION INDICATION (PRNDL) NHTSA Campaign #98V042000
Summary: Vehicle description: Passenger vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. Due to poor welds, ignition keys can stick, shift levers/linkages can break and shift levers can move.
Consequence: This condition can cause unexpected movement of the vehicle increasing the risk of a crash or property damage.
Actions: Dealers will replace the automatic transmission shift lever assemblies (except the handle grip). For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #98V042000 »
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