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Question on a 90 Legacy emissions problem


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#1 Mnsubaru

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 02:03 PM

Hello i'm new to the board and it seems great.
I've got a 90 legacy and it started running really wierd yesterday it started running like a diesel and has no power runs rough real rough and like I say no power the "check engine" light is on. Now it ran like that for 50 miles then just up and quit, I shut the car off and went in for a bite and came out and ran perfect for another 50 miles then parked it and re started and it runs terrible again i'm just curious if you think it is the throttle positioning sensor or the EGR valve or what. I'm assuming that if the check engine light is on its something to do with the emissions or a sensor I could be wrong but thats my guess hope to hear back and thanks in advance.. P.S. it does idle but barely

#2 Legacy777

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 06:06 PM

The 1990-1994 legacies do not have an egr valve.

You can go to my site, notes & tips, engine related, and read the instructions on how to pull the codes. That will tell you exactly what is wrong.

Once you get the codes out, post back, and we can help troubleshoot.

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 06:21 PM

Spark plug gapping?

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 07:25 PM

I ran the codes and the first code was for the O2 sensor and the second code was for #2 fuel injector and that was all i got that time. Then I went back about an hour later and ran it again to double check and I got a third code I believe that was for the speed sensor or something. A buddy told me that if the O2 is bad that it will give a injector reading as well at times.

My first question is how many O2 sensors are on here it should just be the one in the exhaust by the y pipe kind of right?? the book seemed so say there was a couple of them but i've got a hayes manual that covers several years etc.

My second question is how hard is it to replace and is 93 dollars a good price on an O2 sensor also would a junkyard part work let me know thanks alot guys this site is great.....

#5 DerFahrer

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 11:00 PM

There is only one O2 sensor on 90-94 Legacies, screwed right into the cat basically. The best price would probably be www.oxygensensors.com I think they have a universal 3-wire sensor that should fit.

#6 Hondasucks

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Posted 01 July 2004 - 04:01 AM

my 91 did about the same thing, and one of the fuel injector plugs had broken and it would fall off and break connection, and the car would run like crap and get crappy mileage, then I'd go around a corner and it would pop back on and run fine. I didn't know what it was, so I went under the hood and I pulled all the injector wires one by one, and when I got to the #4 injector, the connector fell off in my hand, so I put in on there with some bailin.. errm mechanics wire, and never had another problem with it.

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Posted 01 July 2004 - 11:41 AM

Clear the codes and then try to read them again.you may want to run the d-check mode too.




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