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    Electronics engineer, done my own car [and most anything else] repairs and mods since the early 1980s. Built my house - literally.
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  1. If the fine copper fins are coming off the tubes, that radiator is shot. The fins not only remove the heat, they support the flat sides of the tubes. Without the fins, they flex under pressure, and eventually stress fracture. Loosing coolant is the quickest way to require a head gasket job or worse.
  2. I've done timing belts loads of times. Never once had to re position the distributor. Line up the marks, put belts on, as described previously.
  3. If you are in the fb subaru group, I think I posted pictures of how to do the rear alignment there.
  4. You don't need the alternator or the water pump for 10 seconds. I stopped installing the covers years ago, after watching a number of members run without covers for years, with no problems. I've caught idler bearings before they fail and take out a belt since. Also, I suspect the belts run cooler with all the air blowing over them, and seem to last longer. I would replace both belts. The cam pulley has the timing mark up, aligned with the notch in the back cover when you are putting the belt on. Only on the side you are installing at the moment. The cam you are not working on doesn't matter. It's a kind of double check, that once you do the single revolution on the crank, the one that has the belt will be down. The 2 cam marks will always be 180 degrees opposite each other.
  5. This is so much like when I found the slightly bent strut.
  6. The mark on the flywheel is 3 vertical lines. You position it so the cast arrow edge lines up with the center mark. What ionstorm wrote re cam pulleys, and turn the crank one revolution between belts. I made the tool for sething the proper tension. Put 15ft lbs of tourque, snug the idler bolts. Do both belts, then do a 10 second run. Re set the tension. The belts will have walked into the position they want to run in, and usually are loose.
  7. The door unlock is one of the things I really like about these older Subarus. Also, the headlights shut off when the engine is shut off. Saves a lot of batteries and locking keys in the car.
  8. DaveT

    Subaru XT na help!!

    For the wipers - if you have the actual OEM pieces, try to find refills. They are the standard metric narrow kind. Just fit them by dimensions. I have the OEM blade holders on my 2 wagons. None of the aftermarket replacement assemblies worked as well. The OEM ones are stainless steel, and still good 30 years later.
  9. Well, both of those shoot my thought.
  10. the one that spins in the rain - is it diagonally opposite the rear that's on the bump stop?
  11. DaveT

    Subaru XT na help!!

    No doubt the fuel is bad, if it's been in there over a year. As you start to run it, you'll be finding all the things that need attention. Keeping the cooling system in top condition is the most important thing. Every bit of it, from the multiple hoses to the radiator. Non XTs have 7 hoses, I don't know XTs, but they should be similar. The hardest part of trying to make this a daily driver is getting the NLA parts. You have to scrounge, buy parts cars, DIY most repairs.
  12. Oh, wow! Never would have guessed that.
  13. The LED for the codes is on the ECU. On "regular" [non XT] the ECU is bolted to the steering column. You have to remove the plastic cover to see it.
  14. I don't know turbos.... But I have had a won't run at idle problem on an EA82. The wire that powers the IAC valve had a break in it. When it would go open, the car would not idle. I had to feather the gas to keep it going.
  15. I once had an older model. Was in an accident. It was before I did all of my own repairs, so I had a shop fix it. It took about a year, but I eventually discovered why it always had a slight pull after the accident. On of the front struts had a slight bend in it.