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92 loyale has been sitting 98-04
Posted 13 December 2004 - 06:37 PM
Posted 13 December 2004 - 07:55 PM
Posted 13 December 2004 - 08:32 PM
I would at least check (I would just replace) every single cooling hose and belts on the engine. Unless they all look really good and don't show any cracks, etc but your call. Most cars that I obtained that have been sitting tend to blow out cooling hoses very quickly if not replaced. Give it a good tune-up (NGK Spark plugs, air filter, fuel filter, cap & rotor). Go run it around, more than anything it needs to be driven it's a SUBARU!
Do you have any maint. history on the car? Last time the timing belts were replaced, etc?
Posted 13 December 2004 - 11:50 PM
but ya, all those suggestions above this one are great ideas too =]
Posted 14 December 2004 - 02:24 AM
Posted 14 December 2004 - 04:06 PM
Posted 14 December 2004 - 04:14 PM
Valve cover gaskets...if they are cork, tend to shrink and crack...and leak.
I think you mean the oil pan gasket is cork. The valve cover gaskets are rubber.
That high idle is normal. It should come down to 800 as your engine warms up. That would be a good sign the IAC is working properly
Posted 14 December 2004 - 05:05 PM
In my experiences, a car that has sat as long as yours would need a complete "60K" servicing to be reliable again. That means a serious going-over of every major system, replacing any parts that are questionable. If it were my car, it would mean all new hoses, t-stat, rad and radiator cap, plugs, cap, rotor, air filter, brake and wheel servicing and timing belts for starters. All fluids would have to be changed or at least topped off. You are also probably looking at tires and a new battery if the car hasn't been driven in 6 years.
Good news is that if you do all this, you will have a very reliable car for a long time, unless something catastrophic happens.
My point is that low miles can be decieving in terms of total cost, if maintenance has been neglected. You could skip some of these items, but your trade-off will be reliability.
good luck, John
Posted 14 December 2004 - 05:37 PM
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