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2004 Subaru Outback Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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TSB Date Problem Area TSB Text
02/27/17 NHTSA ID: 10093117
TSB ID: 04-13-09R

If you encounter a vehicle that has a groaning type noise coming from the power steering pump when the wheel is turned to the full right or left position when the vehicle is parked, it may be caused by the relief valve vibrating within the
12/28/06 NHTSA ID: 10020697
TSB ID: 118006

Throttle position sensor. vehicles equiped with h-6 3.0l engines.
07/24/06 NHTSA ID: 10020126
TSB ID: 08

Ecm reprogramming service program.
10/13/05 NHTSA ID: 10016869
TSB ID: 029605

2.5l remanufactured sohc short block release.
10/08/03 NHTSA ID: 10003107
TSB ID: 98

Subaru has determined that certain models may have been manufactured with an improperly installed fuel filler hose clamp. this condition could result in a fuel leak.
10/03/03 NHTSA ID: 10002989
TSB ID: 063103

Replacement of the electronic control unit (ecu) for anti-lock brake system (abs) repair. update.
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03/06/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10093967
TSB ID: 03-68-12R

This bulletin reviews a change to the part numbers used for the transfer driven gear bearings. these revised bearings are to be used to enhance durability.
01/31/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10089957
TSB ID: 03-70-12R

Repair procedure for high-pitched sound from extension housing area using latest generation production parts - this bulletin provides production change, repair procedure and parts information to address a customer concern of a high-pitched
09/14/16 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10079980
TSB ID: 03-70-12R

This bulletin provides production change, repair procedure and parts information to address a customer concern of a high-pitched sound coming from the transmission extension housing area. in cold temperatures, thermal contraction causes shr
11/30/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10010527
TSB ID: 166704

Transfer clutch binding.
10/26/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10120962
TSB ID: WQR53

Based on ballistic testing results, it has been determined that affected vehicles with registration history in high absolute humidity (hah) areas are more susceptible to rupture. owner notification letters were mailed to the owners of those
03/07/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10094182
TSB ID: SM06 - WQL-48

Service memo: wql©\48 front passenger air bag inflator recall (nhtsa id 14v©\399) ¨c second mailing
03/07/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10094124
TSB ID: SM04 - TAKATA

Updated statement on takata airbags posted on subaru.com
03/07/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10094115
TSB ID: SM01

Service announcement of subaru recall campaign: front passenger air bag inflators wqp-51
03/03/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10093621
TSB ID: WQR-53U

Update: owner notification subaru recall campaign: front passenger air bag inflators wqr]53 owner notification letters were mailed september 30, 2015 description. all vehicles previously affected by the wql-48 recall that were not yet rep
03/03/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10093691
TSB ID: PM01

Parts reminder: returns to takata for wql48 and wqm49 air bag inflator
03/03/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10093696
TSB ID: PM02

Parts memo: wql48, wqm49 takata front passenger air bag inflator recalls
03/02/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10093470
TSB ID: SM02 - TAKATA

Returns to takata for wql48 and wqm49 air bag inflator
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03/02/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10093536
TSB ID: WQR?]53U

Update: owner notification subaru recall campaign: front passenger air bag inflators wqr]53 owner notification letters were mailed september 30, 2015 description. all vehicles previously affected by the wql]48 recall that were not yet rep
02/27/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10093125
TSB ID: WQR-53A

Please be advised that subaru of america, inc. is consolidating the wql-48 recall into the existing wqr-53 recall.
02/27/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10093126
TSB ID: WQR-53R

Update ¿ september 2015: subaru is consolidating takata recall wql-48 (14v-399) into the existing wqr-53 (15v-323) takata recall. the vehicles included in this consolidated national recall include the following: ¿ affected 2004-2005 impr
02/27/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10093124
TSB ID: WQL-48R

September, 2015: ¿ this recall (wql-48) has been superseded to the wqr-53 takata front passenger air bag inflator replacement. ¿
02/24/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10092862
TSB ID: WQL-48R

Wql-48r - front passenger air bag inflator replacement
02/24/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10092912
TSB ID: WQM-49

Update: wqm]49 front passenger air bag inflator recall (nhtsa id 14v]471)
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02/24/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10092874
TSB ID: WQM-49

Wqm-49 - regional front passenger air bag inflator replacement
02/22/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10092536
TSB ID: WQL-48R

Subaru of america, inc. (soa) has determined that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, may exist on certain 2003-2004 model year subaru legacy, outback, and baja vehicles, and certain 2004 model year subaru impreza (including w
02/22/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10092533
TSB ID: WQP-51R

Subaru is conducting this limited regional recall to replace the front passenger air bag inflators produced by tk holdings, inc. (takata) in certain 2003-2005 model year legacy, outback, and baja vehicles and certain 2004-2005 model year im
02/21/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10092376
TSB ID: WQL-48R

Wql-48 - front passenger air bag inflator replacement
02/21/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10092303
TSB ID: WQL-48

Wql-48 - front passenger air bag inflator replacement
02/21/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10092306
TSB ID: SM04

Hazardous materials returns-compliance reminder - wql48 takata airbag recall
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02/21/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10092281
TSB ID: SM01 - WQM-49

Announcement of new subaru recall campaign: front passenger air bag inflators wqm-49
02/21/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10092301
TSB ID: SM02 - WQL-48

Update: wql]48 front passenger air bag inflator recall (nhtsa id 14v]399)
02/15/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10091746
TSB ID: WQL-48

New subaru recall campaign: front passenger air bag inflators wql]48
11/16/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10084281
TSB ID: WQR-53R

The vehicles included in this consolidated national recall include the following: ¿ affected 2004-2005 impreza, wrx, and sti models from the national expansion of the wqp-51 recall ¿ 2003-2004 legacy, outback, and baja vehicles affected
11/16/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10084290
TSB ID: WQR-53UM

We announced late last month that the wqr-53 takata front passenger air bag inflator recall has been expanded to include all 2005-2008 model year legacy and outback vehicles. due to the severity of the industry-wide takata recall situati
09/23/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10080921
TSB ID: WQP-51RA

This announcement provides a geographic expansion of the current wqm]49 takata airbag limited regional recall.
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09/23/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10080923
TSB ID: WQM-49R

The revisement of this recall advises (wqm-49) has been superseded to the wqp-51 regional front passenger takata air bag inflator recall.
09/23/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10080922
TSB ID: WQP-51

This bulletin announces subaru is conducting this limited regional recall to replace the front passenger air bag inflators produced by tk holdings, inc. (takata) in certain 2003-2005 model year legacy, outback, and baja vehicles and certain
06/02/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10068606
TSB ID: WQM-49

Summary to be provided on a future date.
06/02/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10068678
TSB ID: 14V?-399

Summary to be provided on a future date.
05/23/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10068339
TSB ID: WQL-48

Summary to be provided on a future date.
05/23/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10068321
TSB ID: 07-13-14

Summary to be provided on a future date.
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05/23/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10068338
TSB ID: 14V?]399

Summary to be provided on a future date.
05/23/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10068355
TSB ID: WQL-48R

Summary to be provided on a future date.
08/03/07 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10022343
TSB ID: 07

Headlight bulb socket repairs.
05/14/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10006827
TSB ID: 031004

Immediate stop sale order for possible cruise control cable mislocation that could prevent the throttle from closing.
05/14/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10006814
TSB ID: 01

Cruise control cable retaining clip.
12/29/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10004634
TSB ID: 128103

Unusual but very distinguishable noise coming from the rear of the front sunshade during manual operation on vehicles equipped with dual sunroofs.
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04/02/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10131647
TSB ID: 01-168-09R

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide replacement key and immobilizer information along with an overview of the subaru lock information web-site.
03/06/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10093977
TSB ID: 03-70-12

Repair procedure for high-pitched sound from extension housing area using latest generation production parts
02/16/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10091965
TSB ID: 04-13-09R

If you encounter a vehicle that has a groaning type noise coming from the power steering pump when the wheel is turned to the full right or left position when the vehicle is parked, it may be caused by the relief valve vibrating within the
09/28/16 Other NHTSA ID: 10081079
TSB ID: WQR?]53U

The wqr-53 recall is being expanded to include all 2005-2008 model year legacy and outback vehicles. this is an expansion from the current wqp-51 limited regional recall for certain 2005 model year legacy and outback vehicles, to a natio
06/08/11 Other NHTSA ID: 10037968
TSB ID: SB-05-50-10R

Subaru: there is a steering wheel vibration at highway speeds due to an imporper wheel balance.
11/13/06 Other NHTSA ID: 10020532
TSB ID: 129406

Loose door mirror screws.
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07/14/06 Other NHTSA ID: 10020047
TSB ID: 171106

Rear center seat belt installation procedures.

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Subaru Outback TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins)

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.

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