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#1 [HTi]Johnson

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 01:35 AM

Hello All. Just had to tell you all what I bought. I paid $400 for it...body is straight except the passenger fender (has a little dent), front bumper got pushed to hard on the same corner, and the back bumper looks like it had too much weight pushing down on it...it's at a slope.

It has the 4speed AWD auto tranny:-\ with the 3.7 LSD, it's a coupe. The interior is great...seats look nice and no cuts.

The thing is...it has coolant in the oil and oil in the coolant. The guy didn't explain why it did that...just said it broke down. So I am thinking that it over heated and he blew gaskets (best case scenario) or blew gaskets and everything is warped. So when I get some time I am going to pull the engine and take a look at it.

I drove it from the place I bought to my work (about 3miles)...it was like a smoke screen. TONS! of white smoke...like a fog. I'm a part time fire-fighter and we usually get calls about cars being on fire when it turns out to be a coolant problem...I never knew why people would call about that...but now i see why, especially when I was stopped...couldn't even see the HEADLIGHTS behind me.

EDIT: OH yeah NO RUST...ANYWHERE!

#2 Flowmastered87GL

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 01:38 AM

Sweet, lets see some pics :cool:

#3 [HTi]Johnson

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 02:00 AM

http://eugene.craigs.../127873507.html
There she be...I'll get better pics tomorrow, if I remember.

#4 subaru_styles

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 02:08 AM

nice score justin...its a coupe, so you will find rust on it, dont worry:lol:

#5 BobBrumby

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 07:44 AM

Oil in coolent could be tranny fluid as the auto's need a cooler in the radiator and they rust allowing the two to mix, if im not mistaken.

#6 Skip

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 08:07 AM

white smoke in those volumes

in most cases
indicate a ruptured diaphragm in the auto tranny's
vacuum modulator

Check the tranny fl.uid and see if it's low
or pull the vcuum hose off the modulator
(front pas. side of transaxle)
and see if it contains red ATF.

#7 Jerry DeMoss

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 08:58 AM

Nice looking car.Are you going to do a tranny swap on that one?

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 10:10 AM

Wow, I think every automatic RX I've seen has been black. Nice score!

#9 [HTi]Johnson

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 12:01 AM

white smoke in those volumes

in most cases
indicate a ruptured diaphragm in the auto tranny's
vacuum modulator

Check the tranny fl.uid and see if it's low
or pull the vcuum hose off the modulator
(front pas. side of transaxle)
and see if it contains red ATF.


This smoke is coming out of the exhaust I didn't think there was a way for ATF to get into the exhaust unless it went the long way, as in through a crack in the radiator, that goes into the coolant line,then breaches into the cylinder. There is water in the oil. I'll do a compression check on the cylinders...what numbers should i get?

#10 4x4moose

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 02:11 AM

i want an rx. i've have had my eye on one for 3 or 4 years now. i don't think the people want to sell it cause it hasn't moved.

#11 Flowmastered87GL

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 02:13 AM

nice score justin...its a coupe, so you will find rust on it, dont worry:lol:


I agree, I almost bought a cherry 88 white RX back in high school (so in like 1997-8 or so) $5995, had like 58K on it, and had fresh seals, axle boots and timing belts. Sure enough, very light rust down on each side of the rear smugglers box (which my wagon didnt have, so that kinda turned me off on it... and the throttle was kinda touchy around town)

#12 subaru_styles

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 02:46 AM

yeah the coupes seem to be VERY prone to leaks/rust on the outside A pillars at the windsheild, spoiler holes (espicially the center one), and all the little nooks in the rear panelling.

#13 Skip

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 07:53 AM

HTi the vacuum modulator is part of the 3AT automatic transmission shift control.

It senses the load on the engine via the intake manifold vacuum.

When it diaphragm breaks... tranny fluid id sucked directly into the intake manifold and the burned in the combustion chamber

result - clouds of white smoke out the tail pipe


this has been mentioned in other posts

#14 [HTi]Johnson

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 06:52 PM

OH ok. What about a 4at?
oh yeah I comp checked the cylinders 1 is 85, 2 is 93, 3 is 30, and 4 is 120. So I think I see a problem. I am hoping it's not a burnt piston..




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