The problem: On affected vehicles, the rear drive shaft nuts and bolts may not have been properly torqued at the factory. This could result in the shaft coming loose and detaching while in motion. Should this occur, the shaft could strike the fuel tank and cause a leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source, such as a hot exhaust pipe, could result in a fire.
Vehicles affected by this service bulletin:
- 2016 Subaru Legacy
- 2016 Subaru Outback
Corrective action: Dealers will inspect the rear propeller shafts and tighten or replace the fastening nuts and bolts that attach the shafts to the differential.
Warranty info: This service bulletin is being performed free of charge under a special program for this defect.
What owners should do: Call your local dealer with your vehicle’s identification number to determine if your vehicle is involved in this service bulletin. You can call Subaru at 800-782-2783, or you can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hotline at 888-327-4236. Reference TSB No. WQV-57.
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Editor’s note: This is only one of dozens of service bulletins issued each month by automakers. Please check your automaker’s website to see if your vehicle has any service bulletins pending.
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