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I can't find my fuel filter
Posted 21 January 2004 - 01:14 AM
It's up to 255,000 on the original engine but the engine won't idle steady. I have replaced the EGR valve, the spark plugs and wires, the condensor and points, and I've checked repeatedly for any vacuum leaks.
I bought two fuel filters, (or should I call them fool filters?) and I can't find where they go.
My car is a 1981 Subaru Wagon DL 1800.
A year and a half ago I had the catalytic convertor replaced and the carburetor rebuilt.
What is my next move?
And where do those darn fuel filters go?
Posted 21 January 2004 - 01:17 AM
Posted 21 January 2004 - 01:40 AM
I also couldn't see the one by the gas tank, but I probably need the car to be higher off the ground.
Can anyone recommend a subaru repair shop that appreciates the older subarus such as mine and works in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles?
I'm not looking for a freebie but it seems no one ever wants to replace any parts on these cars.
Posted 21 January 2004 - 02:15 AM
the one under the car btw, is somewhat hidden... the fuel pump and filter are mounted on a triangular panel, and all you can see is the panel. If you follow the fuel line where it comes out of the gas tank you will find the assembly inline.. the one under the hood is usually pretty odvious it just as well might have been bypassed by someone. But there could be something about the older DL models that I dont know yet too...
Posted 21 January 2004 - 02:31 AM
The reason I don't think it would work out is my primary purpose focus is to be smog legal as my car just recently failed smog. I thought the car was in good shape because I just had the carburetor rebuilt and the cat replaced just a year and a half a go. To my surprise my car was categorized as a "gross polluter" and I am wondering what was done last time to make my car pass. (I wasn't there when it was tested).
I just can't seem to get it through any mechanics head that if I have to spend a few hundred dollars on various filters and such I will gladly do it. I think nobody wants to mess around searching for parts for older cars.
Posted 21 January 2004 - 02:47 AM
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Posted 21 January 2004 - 05:30 PM
Posted 22 January 2004 - 12:58 AM
It's weird because when I first turn the car on when it's cold it idles at a constant speed for about 20-30 seconds, then the idle becomes rough and inconsistent. I wonder what would let the car engine work perfectly for 20 seconds, then begin to cause problems.
Posted 22 January 2004 - 01:00 AM
Posted 22 January 2004 - 01:49 AM
Posted 22 January 2004 - 01:52 AM
About those fool filters that I can't find. I was wondering if when the car is first started there is fuel in the line already and it takes 20 or 30 seconds for the fuel pump or fuel filter to begin to cause trouble again.
Posted 22 January 2004 - 10:53 AM
I wonder what would let the car engine work perfectly for 20 seconds, then begin to cause problems.
could be the choke pulloff is not working. The engine can only take a super rich choked condition for about that long. It then would begin to "load up" stumble and could easily stall.
The idle problem sure sounds like a idle circuit in the carb problem.
But the vacuum leak you can not find may be the choke pulloff diaphragm.
The use of a "miracle in a can" called "Seafoam" has produced some hard to believe results.
Maybe a bit of it in the carb bowl and the old trick of rev it up and choke the carb closed, would clean the offending material out of the jets.
Posted 22 January 2004 - 01:17 PM
If I decide to take my car to a Subaru dealership and more specifically to the Subaru experts, should I print out this thread and show it to them and see how they respond?
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