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#1 Subaru_Mechanic

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 02:08 PM

i have no clue what it is.. i was out playin on a bumpy dirt road, ran perfect i went to QFC parked went to start it and it wouldny go! tryed to push start it and nothin parked it, poped the hood and disconnected the coil to disty wire and saw spark then hooked it back up and it fired up.. it almost stalled on the way home.. the rmp gauge was hopin around all over the place and it sputterd in low rpms (below 3 grand)


anyone have a clue?

my guess is eletrical:mad:

#2 Loyale 2.7 Turbo

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 02:16 PM

is about your ´79 Brat you´re Writin´ about? ... Maybe a Loosen Disty?



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Posted 16 April 2007 - 02:21 PM

87 gl wagon f/i

i took the disty cap off and there was a little water in it.. i dryed it out and scraped the black off the metal parts and still nothin fuel is gettin to the intake. and somthin clicks in the dash when i turn it over. all fuses are good

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 02:26 PM

I will venture a guess at either the coil or the goodies inside the disty are toast. I have no spares to lend you to check otherwise I'd hook you up.

#5 Subaru_Mechanic

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 02:30 PM

ok il get a new one and hopefully it works:rolleyes:

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 02:41 PM

if you can wait I know there a few locals that may have one dont buy electronics because if that isnt the problem you can treturn them.

#7 Subaru_Mechanic

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 03:08 PM

okay i cant n e ways my check was $475 WTF is that:mad: ! im quittin!!! im gonna join the laborers union:headbang:

theres 2 subarus all beaten to crap off a side road over here ill see if there are parts i can use under the hood

#8 Subaru_Mechanic

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 03:19 PM

PLEASE ANYTHING TO POINT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. im gonna check the disty again...



i got it to fire up! but its was poppin like hell. i would hold my foot on the gas and it would cut out almost die then shoot the rpms right back up then pop like no other.... i can even tell its have a rythem to the engine its jumpin all over.

any clues?

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 03:58 PM

I know It is a bad time to suggest this but Rob (Turbone) may have one. You might aslo check with Qman, thought I have know idea what his work schedule is.

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 04:02 PM

well it works... i think the spark is jumpin all over the place.. anyone have this happen before? engine got wet, would that do it?

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 07:50 PM

i went out to pull the disty's from the trashed roo's and i got one out of a fi that was newer, hopefully it works...

still not running please help, this is my only car:(

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 09:48 PM

nothing.......

head gaskets?

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 10:49 PM

Just a shot in the dark. Could be that one of your timing belt may have skipped a tooth, or the passenger side may have broke. That would cause poor running. Hope you can figure it out.

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 11:17 PM

You stated that you think the spark is jumping around. Check the wires at night while trying to start the engine. If the spark is jumping to ground outside the wires you may have a coil body grounding problem. Make sure the coil mounting is clean. The fact that the tach is having trouble indicates there is a problem around the coil area.

You can also place a test light probe on the minus side of the coil and watch the firing pulses to make sure that is ok while you crank the engine.

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 12:36 AM

I'll bet you your next pay check (haha) that its the screw that holds the rotor on. Look for the screw around the bottom of the plate.




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#16 Subaru_Mechanic

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 09:19 AM

i swapped distys with a newer one i pulled off a trash ru and it wouldnt go.. my buddy pushed me down the street with his truck and it sounded like it was started and fine but it wouldnt take off? as soon as he stopped the car put put like it was deiseling. then dies after 3 seconds... im sooo lost. scott can you help? im buyin this for $1800, the brakes go out, now the engine... i have some bad luck.

Qman, sell me your brat for my birthday(06/02/1988)!:banana: $$$$cash:brow:

i have never seen this before

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 09:27 AM

Check the timing belts, you might have a broken passenger side belt.

Qmans Brat needs work. It might be more work than you could handle.
And its not a daily driver.

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 09:35 AM

scott can you help?


I never had a issue with that engine or brakes in a 1 1/2 years , did you swamp the car and get everything wet?

#19 Subaru_Mechanic

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 10:05 AM

i went through a 1/2 foot deep puddle. lol didnt even see it comin. but it ran fine all the way home:confused:

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 10:06 AM

will do (after work)

[quote name='Turbone']Check the timing belts, you might have a broken passenger side belt.[/QUOTE]


dang whats wrong with it?

[/QUOTE]Qmans Brat needs work. It might be more work than you could handle.
And its not a daily driver.[/QUOTE]

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 12:09 PM

He will have to tell you that.

#22 Subaru_Mechanic

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 09:52 PM

yea nvm on that:(

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 03:44 PM

Sounds like it could be a bad coil. If you have access to a spare you might try swapping it.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 03:51 PM

87 gl wagon f/i

i took the disty cap off and there was a little water in it.. i



That's your problem. Just use a paper towel or a paper nampkin to soak up the moisture in there. Do it again after 15 minutes to get the remainder.
You should be fine.

(and don't tell him to seal his disty, cuz water on the outside will condense into the inside and then it's a mess to take apart)

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 05:29 PM

your tach was jumping around???

sounds like you arent getting sufficient current flowing through the coils primary circuit maybe? poor connection to the coil (-) wire..




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