1998 SUBARU Legacy

These recalls apply to the make, model, and year of your car – and should be fixed as soon as possible.

5 Recalls for 1998 SUBARU Legacy

Recall Date Component Summary
February 20, 1998 POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:GEAR POSITION INDICATION (PRNDL)

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.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SHIFT LEVER ASSEMBLIES (EXCEPT THE HANDLE GRIP).

June 25, 2001 SUSPENSION:FRONT:SPRINGS:COIL SPRINGS

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.

Remedy:

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.

May 15, 2000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR

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.

Remedy:

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.

March 3, 1999 SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:MASTER CYLINDER

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.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER.

June 8, 1998 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

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.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THESE ENGINE OIL FILTERS.

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1 Complaints sent to the Center for Auto Safety for 1998 SUBARU Legacy

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121 Complaints submitted to NHTSA for 1998 SUBARU Legacy

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SEATS | SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:HEAD RESTRAINT
ODI Number: 10164727
SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 11004059
SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 11001583
POWER TRAIN
ODI Number: 10965763
SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 11080757
SERVICE BRAKES
ODI Number: 10483164
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
ODI Number: 10449775
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
ODI Number: 10359674
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
ODI Number: 10344688
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10313562
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC | STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY | STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS | SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10299229
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS
ODI Number: 10296541
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
ODI Number: 10260764
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
ODI Number: 10251040
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10228990
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:FILLER PIPE AND CAP
ODI Number: 10224970
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
ODI Number: 10217567
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10207443
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10197311
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10176174
SEATS | SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:HEAD RESTRAINT
ODI Number: 10164727
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10161771
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
ODI Number: 10157671
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:HEAD RESTRAINT
ODI Number: 10151997
POWER TRAIN:AXLE ASSEMBLY:AXLE SHAFT:SEAL
ODI Number: 10151393
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:HOOD:LATCH
ODI Number: 10146497
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:FILLER PIPE AND CAP
ODI Number: 10142194
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
ODI Number: 10137350
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10127383
POWER TRAIN:CLUTCH ASSEMBLY | POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 10127015
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10103692
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10099441
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION | STEERING
ODI Number: 10089113
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10087521
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 10087206
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10079131
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10073575
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10060040
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10061225
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10060570
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10058763
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR | ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10021448
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10016264
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10013603
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:CALIPER
ODI Number: 8016047
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:PARK/NEUTRAL START INTERLOCK SWITCH
ODI Number: 8010604
STEERING:RACK AND PINION
ODI Number: 8008386
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE
ODI Number: 8004404
POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 8007894
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 899992
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:HOOD:LATCH
ODI Number: 892984
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:AUXILLARY TANK:SELECTOR DEVICES
ODI Number: 879087
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:LINKAGES
ODI Number: 870657
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TURN SIGNAL
ODI Number: 863032
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL | SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 861410
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP
ODI Number: 854320
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS
ODI Number: 836971
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL | AIR BAGS:FRONTAL | AIR BAGS:FRONTAL | SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP | SUSPENSION:FRONT
ODI Number: 840764
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP
ODI Number: 836749
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL | AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
ODI Number: 829916
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL
ODI Number: 826982
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION | POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DRIVESHAFT | SUSPENSION:FRONT | WHEELS:RIM
ODI Number: 825026
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
ODI Number: 828824
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 769021
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE
ODI Number: 785522
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 763219
TIRES:SIDEWALL
ODI Number: 764812
STEERING
ODI Number: 755260
STRUCTURE:BODY
ODI Number: 753760
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR | ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE | EQUIPMENT:APPLIANCE:AIR CONDITIONER | POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DIFFERENTIAL UNIT | STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:POWER STEERING FLUID | UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 747371
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 735272
TIRES:TREAD/BELT
ODI Number: 729241
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
ODI Number: 729074
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE
ODI Number: 728021
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR
ODI Number: 726042
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:LINKAGES
ODI Number: 724364
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR
ODI Number: 724084
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 721802
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 721093
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR
ODI Number: 719114
AIR BAGS:ON-OFF SWITCH ASSEMBLY | SEAT BELTS:REAR/OTHER
ODI Number: 717338
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM
ODI Number: 716410
TIRES:SIDEWALL
ODI Number: 716529
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 714526
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM | SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:MASTER CYLINDER | TIRES | UNKNOWN OR OTHER | VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD
ODI Number: 711562
STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR | VISIBILITY:POWER WINDOW DEVICES AND CONTROLS
ODI Number: 709807
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE
ODI Number: 709191
SEAT BELTS
ODI Number: 704719
VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER/HVAC SYSTEM
ODI Number: 703563
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 704070
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 702198
POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION | STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS
ODI Number: 700246
EQUIPMENT:APPLIANCE:AIR CONDITIONER
ODI Number: 607974
STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR
ODI Number: 609894
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP | UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 700093
POWER TRAIN:TRANSFER CASE (4-WHEEL DRIVE)
ODI Number: 609745
TIRES
ODI Number: 609403
EQUIPMENT:MECHANICAL:CARRIER/RACK
ODI Number: 609403
VISIBILITY:GLASS, SIDE/REAR
ODI Number: 609261
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 609261
TIRES
ODI Number: 606409
STEERING:GEAR BOX (OTHER THAN RACK AND PINION)
ODI Number: 607320
STEERING
ODI Number: 606795
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
ODI Number: 563642
EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL:RADIO/TAPE DECK/CD ETC.
ODI Number: 562557
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE
ODI Number: 562557
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS
ODI Number: 562557
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:SEAT HEATER/COOLER
ODI Number: 562557
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR
ODI Number: 562557
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:12V/24V/48V BATTERY
ODI Number: 562557
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE
ODI Number: 560735
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
ODI Number: 552866
STEERING:LINKAGES
ODI Number: 550257
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 544832
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:RECLINER
ODI Number: 543352
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:12V/24V/48V BATTERY | ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE | POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:CONSTANT VELOCITY JOINT | STRUCTURE:BODY
ODI Number: 539095
POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 540198
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 538015
SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 533050
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL | AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
ODI Number: 526933
SUSPENSION:FRONT
ODI Number: 522655
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Date Opened Date Closed Component  
Manufacturers tell dealers about repairs for on your car. But they won’t tell you – unless you know to ask. Knowledge is power.

22 Service Alerts for 1998 SUBARU Legacy

Date Description
March 18, 2022 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

This bulletin has been developed to outline the steps for gathering basic essential information during diagnosis and repair of the Infotainment concerns. (Applicable to all models with Harman or Denso CP1 Infotainment).

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June 7, 2021 060000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

This bulletin is to advise of SOA⿿s revised catalytic converter recycling program shipping procedure.

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June 7, 2021 350000 EQUIPMENT

This bulletin is to advise of SOA⿿s revised catalytic converter recycling program shipping procedure.

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June 17, 2021 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

This bulletin contains additional information for recommended materials listed in the Service Manuals for individual models

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June 17, 2021 350000 EQUIPMENT

This bulletin contains additional information for recommended materials listed in the Service Manuals for individual models

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February 1, 2021 350000 EQUIPMENT

To help reduce confusion and increase technician efficiency, Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) has developed the following cross reference list to help locate the appropriate Special Service Tool.

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April 30, 2020 350000 EQUIPMENT

All Models (Vehicle Cleaning- COVID-19Best Practices)

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August 4, 2020 350000 EQUIPMENT

Special Service Tools Cross Reference List.

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May 6, 2019 350000 EQUIPMENT

To help reduce confusion and increase technician efficiency, Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) has developed the following cross reference list to help locate the appropriate Special Service Tool.

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July 11, 2019 030000 SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

This Service Information bulletin announces instruction for application of additional lubrication between the brake caliper support and pad clips. This will prevent the pad from dragging due to corrosion buildup which may result in uneven o

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May 21, 2019 350000 EQUIPMENT

Subaru Service and Technical Support Line Newletter.

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May 19, 2003 101000 POWER TRAIN:CLUTCH ASSEMBLY

CLUTCH PEDAL STICKING. *TT

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January 5, 1999 061100 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE

CUSTOMER MAY COMPLAIN OF A SLIGHT ENGINE HESITATION ON VEHICLES WITH MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS 2.5L AND 2.2L ENGINES. TT

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August 1, 1998 105000 POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE

INFORMATION ON INSTALLING REAR DIFFERENTIAL PROTECTOR . *TT

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December 23, 2002 021600 SUSPENSION:FRONT:WHEEL BEARING

NEW PROCEDURE FOR REPLACING REAR WHEEL BEARINGS. *TT

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February 3, 2011 190000 TIRES

SUBARU: THERE IS A STEERING WHEEL VIBRATION AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS DUE TO AN IMPORPER WHEEL BALANCE. *RM

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October 15, 2000 112000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR

SOME VEHICLES MAY EXPERIENCE A LOSS OF ALTERNATOR CHARGING DUE TO A BROKEN BRUSH WIRE. *TT

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April 5, 1999 036000 SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP

SUBJECT REGARDING BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN ON SOME VEHICLES WITH ABS. *TT

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July 1, 2007 121000 EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS

HEADLIGHT BULB SOCKET REPAIRS. *KB

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February 1, 2006 061110 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS

RUBBING MARK ON TIMING BELT. SUBARU. *TT

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August 15, 2001 010000 STEERING

SUBJECT ON REGARDING STEERING KNOCKING/RATTLE NOISE WHEN TURNING. *ET

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April 20, 2005 151400 SEAT BELTS:FRONT:BUCKLE ASSEMBLY

INFORMATION REGARDING SEAT BELT LATCH SLIDES TO THE LOWER SEAT BELT ANCHOR. *YH UPDATED *EH

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