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Subaru BRZ Common Problems and Solutions

Knocking From Steering Rack

Problem:

You can hear a knocking sound coming from the steering rack when you take a turn at low speed.

Models affected:

Solution:

The good news is that you don't have to replace the entire steering rack. The steering damper on the BRZ is a known weak spot, but it’s an inexpensive part from BreakerYard, and it’s a very easy part to install.

Difficulty level

1

Part you need

Steering Dampers

Part required

Steering Dampers

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Unusual Noise From Clutch (Manuals)

Problem:

You can hear an unusual sound when you apply the clutch. The clutch pedal feels different, and you may struggle to change gear.

Models affected:

Solution:

Your transmission throw-bearing has worn out, which is very common on early models of the BRZ. Tackle this problem quickly because it will lead to a clutch fork failure. Replacing the bearing is very easy, and even if you do need to replace the fork, this isn’t as hard as you might think. We have both bearings and forks available for the BRZ available to order.

Difficulty level

2

Condensation In Rear Lights

Problem:

There is condensation building up in your rear lights.

Models affected:

Solution:

This is quite common for the BRZ, and you’ll usually notice the problem after heavy rainfall. You can apply a seal to the lights, but if they have corroded or broken due to the moisture, then you may have to order new rear lights and units from BreakerYard.

Difficulty level

2

Poor engine idling

Problem:

Have you been having problems with the engine idling roughly? Does the car shudder when it idles and sometimes cut out after this poor idling? If yes to any, or all of the above questions, this is caused by an ECU software fault.

Models affected:

Solution:

Subaru will re-map the ECU, which should fix the problem.

Difficulty level

5

Gearbox problems

Problem:

There are known issues with poor gear changing on the BRZ gearboxes. If you are finding it difficult to engage any of the gears, you are not alone. This seems to be more of an issue on cold mornings and when changing from first to second gear and from third to second. There has been reports of no transmission fluid in some of these cars, when delivered from the factory. It could also be caused by an issue with the gear syncros.

Models affected:

Solution:

The first thing to check is the transmission fluid levels, to ensure they are alright. Your vehicle should still be under warranty, so take it to the dealer and they should fix this issue free of charge.

Difficulty level

5

Fuel pump problems

Problem:

Do you hear a chirping noise, when the engine is idling? If so, there is a known problem with the high pressure fuel pump on the BRZ. Watch the video below, to see if this is anything like your current issue.

Models affected:

Solution:

If your vehicle is under warranty, Subaru will replace the high pressure fuel pump, free of charge. Otherwise the cost of the repair is your responsibility. We would like to help you to find your replacement high pressure fuel pump, at a very low price.

Difficulty level

4

Backfiring and A Tapping Noise

Problem:

The car has started to backfire often, and you can hear a tapping or ticking noise from the engine. You may also experience compression loss.

Models affected:

Solution:

It’s likely that a heavy load has exceeded the strength of one or more of the valve springs. That’s caused the springs to fracture. The good news is that we always have these available to order for delivery. They are a fiddly installation job, but a little patience can save you a high garage bill.

Difficulty level

2

Loss Of Power Steering

Problem:

When you're driving, you can suddenly feel the loss of the power steering, making it much harder to take a turn. The power steering light will also illuminate.

Models affected:

Solution:

If your BRZ was built between January 2013 and December 2015, then your power steering assembly is likely to suffer from premature wear. You’ll have to browse our parts list and replace the power steering ECU and the wiring harness.

Difficulty level

4

Part you need

Power Steering ECU

Part required

Power Steering ECU

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Reading these common Subaru BRZ problems should help you find out what is wrong with your Subaru BRZ – or just what to look out for in the future. We’ll also give suggestions on what to do if your Subaru BRZ does have one of these issues.