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#1 spokanesoob

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 10:47 PM

im lookin at buyin a 88 rx from a neighbor but it has a problem
the way she tells the story she had the timing belts changed and the water pump at the same time. ran good for about a month then one day,(which i rember her doing this) she goes out to start and just it just cranks.
so i offered her cash for the car and she says i can buy it, so today i go to look at it and it will pop every once in a while while cranking, but flames shoot out the Tb. so im thinking it slipped time on one or both belts. could that be it or am i over looking something every thing else on the car looks good and in place timing is the only thing i can think of. Oh and its a 88 rx and it has a ea- 82T in it
thanks for the help! :confused:

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 11:06 PM

How much for the car? I'd say that the tensioner came loose and needs to be retightened.

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 11:19 PM

OOOOO my fav part about the car
the price
250! pretty cheap the interior is in good shape but it has rust round the wheel wells, and by the tail lights and it needs a new muffler, not my opinoin i like the sound. :lol:

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 11:27 PM

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 11:32 PM

its the same as a N/A ea 82 right?
ive done those :) but i felt the pass. side belt trough the cover it seems pretty tight im not too sure. i have big hands and two fans makes it difficult
one cam up one down assemble, if i rember correct im really excited for this car.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 01:52 AM

Its the same for all EA82's.
The timing will be different, it should say on the hood tag.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 10:20 AM

i figured it should be the same, but you never know for sure. i hope i can find the time to work on ot :) i need to sell my hatch so i can have a little xtra cash. any body know if some one wants it?? :grin:

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 11:48 AM

Dollar to donuts the rotor screw has come out.

The rotor is free to spin wherever on top of the disty shaft.

Totally Random Timing FTL!

Pull the cap and replace the screw. You're choice if you want to do it before or after lowballing her for the car.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 11:36 PM

no it had spark but!! i bought it today for 225 and it was teh timing belt
teneseinor.......... it grenaded ball berings every were! lol im really happy with it. ill try and get pics tommorw i cant belive how xpenseve they are from shucks i guess imma just go to pull and save tommorw! sold my hatch for it too. i smell some hardcore rallyin soon lol. :headbang:

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 12:44 AM

I suggest you do some research here about the EA82T.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 01:11 AM

yea i have done a little bit of pokin around, i know they are very prone to overheating and headgasket issues, my dad had one.
i was told by the lady i bought it from that, a guy she let work on it is a subaru "Guru" and says its a 88 and a 1/2 did they have half years??:confused:

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 08:01 AM

The half years only pertain to a couple of models.
The 87.5 XT-T...........Fulltime 4wd with spyder intake and 4EAT.
The 89.5 RX.........Fulltime 4wd, D/R w/difflock and the color black.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 08:32 AM

i wasn't really sure if she was mistaken or not. but i figured she was. it has the full time d/r with diff. lock though. and i was wondering what does that do anyways, i have heard of it but was never really sure. Im talking about the diff lock if your confused. :)

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 11:27 AM

i wasn't really sure if she was mistaken or not. but i figured she was. it has the full time d/r with diff. lock though. and i was wondering what does that do anyways, i have heard of it but was never really sure. Im talking about the diff lock if your confused. :)


The center Diff of these trans is a completely open diff, like any other. This allows for the Fulltime AWD by allowing some differnece in speed of each axle. The Diff lock locks the CENTER differential. Now it i jut like being in 4wd on the old cars, the center diff is now fully locked and does not allow any difference front v. rear It is for use in now,mud,ice,etc.....

Without it, when any one wheel lost traction, no other wheels would get power. It locks the center diff so that each (front v. rear)axle gets power always.

Like the 4wd of the old P/T boxes, you should not use it on pavement.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 02:52 PM

gotcha! thanks i was wonderin what it was for, i kinda figured it had to do something with power distribution. i get to go to the junkyard today. in the snow, how fun :banana:

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 03:46 PM

gotcha! thanks i was wonderin what it was for, i kinda figured it had to do something with power distribution. i get to go to the junkyard today. in the snow, how fun :banana:

That is also correct. Some say its a 40/60 split, others say its a 50/50 split.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 04:20 PM

That is also correct. Some say its a 40/60 split, others say its a 50/50 split.


60/40 split applies to 4EAT automatics.

WRX with DCCD i the only variable split manual.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 10:12 PM

WOW! got it running today im pretty happy with it, at first start up it got pretty hot i shut it down and added some more coolant and turned on the heater. seems to be normal now. i really like this car. but it needs a new drivers side axle ne body have one for free or cheap :grin:

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 11:46 PM

i gotsa problem now. i was driving from my house back to my friends and steam was pourin out the back Bad pulled up to his house popped the hood and steam pours out coolant every were too dark to see whats going on
its coming from the passenger side right by the allunumun intake for the turbo the one that says subaru turbo
im really upset now, is there any know hoses to do that around that area??
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Posted 22 March 2008 - 12:37 AM

i gotsa problem now. i was driving from my house back to my friends and steam was pourin out the back Bad pulled up to his house popped the hood and steam pours out coolant every were too dark to see whats going on
its coming from the passenger side right by the allunumun intake for the turbo the one that says subaru turbo
im really upset now, is there any know hoses to do that around that area??
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Yeah, the one that goes from the T-stat housing area, under the intake, to the turbo. It's the coolant supply for the turbo.

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 01:18 AM

is there a colant line that runs under the head too? cause i got under it and it looked like a hard line under there was leaking i dont know it could have been just running down and driping on the exaust, i really want to drive my new toy this is frustrating :mad:

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 01:52 AM

Theres a hard return line that runs from the turbo, going under it and along side the head to the front where theres a boss in the head. The feed line is on top, from the t-stat housing to the turbo.

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 02:00 AM

what does the feed line look like? is there a T fitting in it? and i sopose if it blew it would spray coolant all over huh? cause theres a bunch
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Posted 22 March 2008 - 09:42 AM

No, no tee fitting. It comes off the side of the t-stat housing and runs on top of the intake, back to the turbo. Theres a short hard line then a soft line, then back to a hard line on the turbo. The hose is maybe 6in long. I replaced mine with a silicone hose, but it started leaking again. Found out the clamp wasnt tight.
Theres another hose, much smaller, about 1/4, that runs from the housing to the intake. That little thing likes to leak when it gets old too.




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