Subaru With NHTSA Announced The Recall Of Its Vehicles. Subaru Recalled the 2003 Subaru Legacy, Outback and Baja because in some models the water pump pulley center hole was improperly machined.
Number Potentially Involved: 555
Dates of Manufacture: August 2002
Water Pump Pulley Was Improperly Machined In The Vehicles
Defect: On certain passenger and sport utility vehicles with 4-cylinder engines, the water pump pulley center hole was improperly machined. 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 vehicle usage.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the water pump. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began Sept. 12, 2002.