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Variety of concerns: turbo, smoke, gas smell
Posted 03 September 2004 - 12:58 PM
Next, I smell a strong fuel or gas smell when the car is idling or after I stop or at a light. I had my fuel injectors cleaned and a tuneup in July. Any connection? What should I look for?
Lastly, the mechanic told me he should take a good look at my belts and timing belt. How will I know if it really needs replacing and I'm not getting ripped off to the tune of $600 or so? What does a worn timing belt look like? My other belts are kind of dry but we couldn't see the timing belt until we take off the cover.
Thanks for your advice!
Posted 03 September 2004 - 01:01 PM
Posted 04 September 2004 - 11:39 AM
and you're using your turbo on a daily basis. ej22t's build up to max boost at 2800 rpms, it's nearly impossible to drive without going to at least 2500. You could probably pick up a used wrx turbo for pretty cheap. I'd imagine you wouldnt have the low end, but up high you would, if wanted, be capable of producing more boost.
I'd also imagine that running the car until the timing belt died wouldnt be a huge concern, as most subaru engines are non-interference, including the ej22s.
also, the reason for the smoke could be oil dripping somewhere, getting hot on the turbo, and then coming out of the chimney... perhaps give your engine a good cleaning drive it for a couple days, and see if there's any new oil
Posted 06 September 2004 - 08:23 PM
Actually, smoke from any part of the engine bay can find its way out the hood scoop. When my valve cover gaskets on my 97 Legacy GT were leaky the scoop would smoke at stoplights.
It could also be one of the oil lines on the turbo. If it's the feed line, the copper gaskets are pretty easy to replace. Valve cover gaskets are pretty easy too.
So, yeah, degreasing the engine bay and then seeing where the oil appears sounds like a good idea.
I don't want to give you bad advice, so realize that this is a completely unprofessional opinion, but it seems to me that if you can stand the smoke and if you check the oil level often, this shouldn't be a show-stopper for your 3000-mile trip. Of course, it'd be way better for everyone if you could fix it before leaving.
Posted 06 September 2004 - 08:30 PM
Posted 06 September 2004 - 08:35 PM
I've never done that though; if I suspect a particular area I often just use brake cleaner.
Posted 07 September 2004 - 07:21 AM
Also--looking for a reliable subaru mechanic in Colorado Springs!!!!
It sounds like you need a Subaru shop. Is the one you are going to now a specialty shop?
I do not know any in the springs, but do know several very good ones in Denver area.
Posted 09 September 2004 - 03:32 PM
Posted 09 September 2004 - 09:33 PM
What color smoke is coming out of your tail pipe. Is it blue, black, or white?
I thought you could replcae the gaskets on most tubros if they blow, my friend has had them replcaed with his supra.
If you do need a replcament turbo i wouldent buy one from subaru it would cost a arm and a leg, when you could get a WRX, or any other sube turbo for much less.
Posted 10 September 2004 - 11:59 AM
Posted 10 September 2004 - 12:02 PM
Posted 12 September 2004 - 04:02 PM
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