Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Subaru Headlight Yellowing Fix

I recently bought the Blue Fox (a 2005 Subaru Forester 2.5x @ 200K km) to help me work on a house I am rehabbing in Canada.  The car, being 15 years old, has a multitude of little (and some not so little) problems that are common for a vehicle of this age.

One of the more common problems with a vehicle that is more than a decade old is yellowed headlights.  Not only are they unsightly, yellow headlights are not as good at throwing light down the road as they should be posing somewhat of a safety risk.

Fortunately, fixing yellowed headlights is pretty simple.  Just buy some BRASSO and polish the yellow off!  In this case I bought a polishing/buffing kit for my drill, but you can just use elbow grease if you don't feel like spending any more than the minimum.

After an hour (in my case) the headlight looked great, and then I applied some Castor Oil to the plastic headlights - and the plastic bumper too!

It all turned out great - and you can do this too!\

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Subaru - Pull Mist Lever Not Working

On Day 2 of owning the 2005 Subaru Forester 2.5X I was presented with yet another mysterious situation...the windshield wiper fluid didn't seem to be working! 

When it comes to my 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander, when I pull back on the wiper control arm, the wiper juice pump(s) kick in, juice sprays on the windshield and the wipers move. 

Not so with the Subaru!  When I pulled back on the wiper arm, the wiper blades started moving...but there was no way I could get it to spray any juice, even though the control arm is clearly marked "Pull Mist" - whatever that means!

So I went about isolating the problem - which ended up being between my ears! 

This video details my deductive process to finally figure out how to get juice on the front windshield - a solution I finally reached - but one that was (clearly) non-intuitive!

I can only conclude that it must be extremely foggy in Japan.  That's the only reason I can determine to have a wiper mode in a car that actuates the wiper blades to cycle once...and emit no juice!

N.B.:  If you want juice, just push the button on the end of the wiper stem.  :)