Subaru Of America, Inc. has issued a recall for the Subaru Baja.
Description of Recall
On certain sport utility and passenger cars equipped with 4-cylinder engines, the water pump pulley center hole was improperly machined.
Severity of the Defect
In some instances, the interference Fit between the inner wall of the pulley center hole and the water pump drive shaft was not as tight as specified in the drawing specification. This could result in the water pump pulley dislodging from the water pump shaft, which can cause severe engine damage/seizure during car USAge.
Subaru’s Recommended Action
Dealers will replace the water pump. Owner notification began September 12, 2002. Owners who take their cars 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.