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Loyale Hesitation

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#1 viceversa


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Posted 03 June 2004 - 08:23 PM

92 Loyale, 1.8L with 110K miles on engine

It hesitates sometimes from taking off. Almost like it cuts off. Does not feel like a tranmission problem,but maybe fuel delivery?

The fuel filter is less than 1 year old. What could it be?

Also, it slightly misses at idle.

#2 rallyruss


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Posted 04 June 2004 - 10:24 AM

I would guess spark. mabey bad plug wires?

bad TPS may give you a similar symptom.

shift into second early and romp on it while rpm is still low. if it misses its most likely a spark delivery problem.

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Posted 04 June 2004 - 03:27 PM

I will do that, even if it's an auto. It's probably the crappy $10.99 plug wires from Autozone. I only got them because there was nothing else.

The computer has been setting a code for over a year, but I don't know how to pull codes on it.

#4 WoodsWagon


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Posted 04 June 2004 - 08:42 PM

Check the cap and rotor. To pull codes, take off the lower dash panel on the drivers side. Take the three screws out of the fuse box and remove the plastic rivits on both sides of the panel. This will expose the computer, which is the big silver box. There is a hole in the upper side of the box, turn the engine on and watch the LED in the hole. Long flashes mean tens, short ones mean ones. The pattern will repeat, you may also have multiple codes. Watch the pattern and write down the #'s, keep watching to confirm them. If the LED doesn't blink but the check engine light is on, connect the connectors (I think they're white) that are in the engine compartment by the winshield wiper motor. A chart of the codes may be in the Utimate Subaru Repair Manual. If not, PM me and I'll look it up in one of my books. Good luck!

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Posted 07 June 2004 - 08:10 PM

I found out that my coil wire was loose... Hm, not idea why. I put it back in, and it runs better. Still idles a bit rough, but it may be a vacuum leak or something.

And feels like it needs timing set, but at least it is nothing urgent.

I have a Craftsman timing light, just need to figure out how to use it.

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Posted 17 July 2004 - 12:11 AM

Adjusted the coil wire which was loose by the hesitation is still there. The miss at idle, and some at throttle.

I will begin by replacing the plug wires, and also distributor cap and rotor.

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Posted 17 July 2004 - 02:44 AM

i have the same problem 88 dl manual 4wd wagon, new acell coil, 8mm wires, ngk plugs gaped at .45 ,

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Posted 17 July 2004 - 09:30 PM

I found the cause!!

I knew it had to be an ignition problem. I also knew my distributor cap and rotor weren't that old, about 1 year, and didn't expect them to be bad.
I pulled them anyway and found out that a part of the distributor had disintegrated and 2 large chunks of plastic were loose inside. I fished them out. I also found out that the distributor cap was worn, as was the rotor - it was bent even. The plastic stuff came from the edge. Now there is a small hole in the distributor, I hope it doesn't make a difference.

Replaced these two parts, and a world of difference. No more hesitation or misses, at throttle or idle.

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