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You were right Josh - but I could still use your help
Posted 18 August 2003 - 10:01 PM
I have a 1995 legacy wagon that I bought about two years ago. It now has 174,000 miles. It started chugging a bit going up a hill one day; check engine light came on then went out. I took it to a repair shop and they put in a fuel filter. Next time I took it to a foreign car repair shop and they put in a knock sensor. It started happening more when going up hills, pulling out into traffic, and the idle seemed to go wild after starting on occasion. Took it to AutoZone - check engine light read misfire. A Subaru owner recommended using a gas additive to remove any water and a basic tuneup, plugs and wires, etc., which I did. Next, I took it to a new repair shop close to my home - they kept it for three days but couldn't find a problem. They said engine was in great shape. I decided I'd just drive the poor thing until it really got bad before taking it back. Well, the time has come. First thing in the morning it doesn't want to start at all. It keeps trying to turn over, like a dead battery acts. If I give it a bunch of gas it'll finally chug over and spit out a cloud of whitish, gassy-smelling smoke. It chugs a bit and idles a bit high the first few stops I make. After that it runs great. If I go to start it up again right after turning if off, it turns right over, no need to punch the gas, no smoke. I was hoping to get some ideas of things I could test or replace myself before putting it back in the shop. Thanks for any help you can give me.
Posted 19 August 2003 - 11:08 AM
The cam sensor is on the opposite side of the engine that the coolant temp sensor is.....so it's probably not that....
check the codes and we can go from there in trying to troubleshoot.
Posted 19 August 2003 - 11:38 PM
I might also be able to help you. Not diagnose the problem so much as to help you fix it... I also agree to pull that CEL code, that's almost assuredly it...
Posted 27 August 2003 - 04:13 PM
Posted 27 August 2003 - 05:22 PM
Unfortunately without digging into things some more it's a little hard to tell.
Posted 27 August 2003 - 09:50 PM
As always, start cheap first. New plugs and wires, and maybe an engine cleaner of some sort, worry about expensive stuff if the cheap doesn't solve the problem...
Posted 27 August 2003 - 10:22 PM
just a WAG
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