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85 GL wagon question
Posted 17 November 2003 - 10:14 AM
Posted 17 November 2003 - 10:36 AM
Anyway, we have a good collection of subarus, from 5speed wagons to the RX, a legacy, impreza, and an 03 legacy!
We have lso lifted, swapped motors, and converted 2wd auto to 4wd automatics. You picked a good place to have a subaru. we have lots of parts, too!
and on this board, Tomrhere, 86subaru, and 1ABAJA all are in the know of eachother personally, and we meet and swap parts often.
now, to answer your question, the automatic in your 85 is a 3spd. what commonly happens with the 3 spd autos(2wd and 4wd) is the governor shaft goes out, by either getting clogged up, or the gear wearing sown.
I'll bet your trans is starting off in 2nd gear. now the 3500 rpm at crues is normal, in fact, 3500 rpm is about the most efficient rpm for the subaru motor.
to access the governor shaft, take a peek under the hood. on the passenger side of the transmission, just above the axle, there is a dome shaped cap on the side, held on by 3 10mm bolts. you can remove that, and there is the governor shaft. the shaft pulls out somewhat like a distributor does, you can pull it and clean it up with carb cleaner and such, and check the gear. if the gear is bad, it will have an "apple core" appearence to it. if the gear does prove to be bad, dont worry. dont worry because we can get you one from our parts we have already! good luck trying to find one at the junk yard, because soobs are VERY RARE around these parts (but if you do know of any, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!)
if the gear checks out to be good, it just goes back in till the gear meshes, it doesnt have to line up or be in time with anything
suppose if you can find a 4wd manual transmission, it wouldnt be very difficult to swap one in. it would install in a day's time with no modifications!
send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org and i will get with you about parts that you may need!
Posted 17 November 2003 - 10:53 AM
Posted 17 November 2003 - 10:54 AM
Originally posted by summitbro
Also, what is the normal cruising rpm supposed to be at 55 mph? Mine seems to stay around 3500 rpm at that speed. Are these cars three speed automatics? Thanks for any help that you can give.
35oo at 55 sounds like you may have a 3.9 final gear. most automatics have a 3.7, which will give you about 3500 at 60-65mph. but the auto wagon we have is a 3.9, which will ultimately be better in snow and off road.
to find out what gear you have, take a pek under the rear of the car and find the rear differential. there should be a shiny sticker that has the part number, and it will say the gear ratio plain as day.
report back with your findings!
Posted 17 November 2003 - 12:02 PM
Posted 17 November 2003 - 01:24 PM
Posted 17 November 2003 - 01:28 PM
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