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Hi All!! First post, and I need some help!
Posted 16 September 2004 - 10:19 AM
This is my first post here so I though I would introduce myself and seek some help. This is far and away the best site I have found for Subarus, great site!! I am fairly new to the Subaru world so I don't know much about them yet. I am pretty good mechanically, I've worked on cars my whole life, mostly muscle cars though, I am not too familiar imports and front wheel drive cars.
I live in the NW near Seattle and have an 89 GL sedan non-turbo, FWD, FI. It has about 125k miles on it. I bought it when it had 110k on it and I've had the following parts replaced (by a mechanic, not me) so far, both half shafts, the timing belts, the water pump, the thermostat, plugs and wires, cap and rotor. However I still have some problems I need help with. I hope some of you gurus here can help me out,
The first and biggest problem is a major oil leak, I assume it is coming from the valve cover gaskets, but I can't really tell. I think it is coming from the passenger side, but I'm not sure. This leak was present when I bought it, so it had nothing to do with the timing belt replacement. I bought a Haynes manual but it is pretty much useless. Are there any other gaskets that I should replace that might be leaking as well? Is there anything I should be aware of when I replace them?
Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated!!!
Posted 16 September 2004 - 10:35 AM
I always reccomend cleaning your engine thoroughly anytime you are trying to chase down a leak (not a bad idea in general). Not only will the source of this leak become obvious, you may find some other ones you are not aware of.
A of couple cans of Engine Brite and about a dollars worth of quarters at your local self-serve car wash should do the trick. I always remove the side splash sheilds and skid plate and clean those up seperately. I also run the car so it's nice and hot before spraying on the engine degreaser - even though the directions say you shouldn't.
If it does turn out to be valve cover gaskets, you can do those with the motor in the car. Might have to unbolt a few things to gain access. If it were my car, I would do both sides.
good luck, John
Posted 16 September 2004 - 10:44 AM
Driveway Cardboard is cheap! Oil is on sale all the time! I'm not pulling my heads to replace the gaskets...
I also had a oil pan gasket leak---that was easy to fix!
Posted 16 September 2004 - 10:48 AM
Posted 16 September 2004 - 11:02 AM
Posted 16 September 2004 - 11:54 AM
Sorry about the job situation. Make sure you vote accordingly in November.
But this may actually be a good time to tackle some of these things, and catch up on the maintenance schedule on your car. In the process, you'll get yourself up to speed on working on these cars.
As mentioned above, you can combine 2 or more procedures to get the most out of your labor time. For example, it's easier to justify replacing cam seals, if you are also due for timing belts. Personally, I wouldn't wait until a belt snaps before digging into this job. A rear main leak is probably the only one I would put off. The others are fairly easy.
Again, I would clean your engine so you can pinpoint the leak(s). Then, make a complete list of items needing attention. You may find that it makes sense to do some of things pro-actively and efficiently, while you have time on your hands.
good luck, John
Posted 16 September 2004 - 12:36 PM
The best Subaru book for early Subaru’s is
How to Keep Your Subaru Alive: A Manual of Step by step procedures for the complete idiot. By Larry Owens
Very good book with great illustrations and humorous to boot.
Early Subaru’s tend to leak, unless it is huge amounts just learn to live with it!!
Posted 16 September 2004 - 05:17 PM
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