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Everything posted by jonathan909

  1. Of course - the difference in both quality and price between OEM and "the aftermarket" is a given. What I was saying is that massive price disparities exist among parts of equivalent OEM quality - that in the stated example, going to the dealer means paying three times as much for the same Mitsuboshi belt. That's all. Not recommending anyone "cheap out"; to the contrary, pointing out that the high-quality/low-price combination exists, so don't get taken. Myself, I like Terry Pratchett's version of that old adage: Make a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
  2. We don't have to get contentious - what you're calling "a treatise" I'd call "a proffered opinion". We do this because the OP may not be aware that such a huge disparity in parts pricing exists, and thus may not know to ask.
  3. Guys, it's always easy to say OEM/dealer, but for an awful lot of stuff it's simply not realistic. There are two dealers here. They quoted me $170 (CDN) for an EJ25D belt - and at that price I would still have had to wait for it to come in from Portland (i.e. no local stock). Instead I landed a Mitsuboshi from an ebay vendor for about a third of that price.
  4. This has been drivng me nuts. I replaced those two little springy-things with what seemed light a tighter pair, and the rattle persists. What's the fix? New gasket or something else?
  5. Gotcha. All mine are D. Is it just the 251s that have the valve reliefs, or does that apply to the later pistons (252-255, etc.) as well?
  6. That sounds like a perfectly terrible answer - I despise electrical tape at the best of times, and in this case it's guaranteed to get trashed and spread its disgusting gooey adhesive all over the damn place. But it might be a good diagnostic for a worn latch mechanism.
  7. I have absolutely no idea what pistons these are. I think I asked previously (like before I installed them during the rebuild) how to ID them but didn't get an answer. And it's not as simple as what shipped with a '99 EJ25D, as the original short block was trashed (spun bearings) and I bought a used replacement that (I think) is "somewhat newer". So, assuming I can recall enough detail about them, how can I tell what they are? How many variants are there?
  8. The worst would be a cracked block, but that doesn't seem likely. I'd be getting that timing cover off of there asafp to confirm the water pump.
  9. This isn't a light-and-tinny plate rattle - it's a got-some-mass door rattle. It manifests with normal road vibration; when I wiggle it by hand it seems like there's the play that would cause it. What's left other than the gasket (which seems to be in pretty good shape) and those little springy-things? The latch itself? Do they wear?
  10. Possible but unlikely - I put a new belt and toothed idler in but re-used the tensioner, since it appeared to be okay. But I'll probably pop the cover off and revisit it to make sure. I'd still like the knurling questions answered, though.
  11. I can't be the only person who finds this weird. Now that my (rebuilt stock) EJ25D is back in the '99 OBW I've been noticing a bit of (what must be) slap, and it's unpleasant. I think if I'd thought a little further ahead and anticipated this rather than being hell-bent for finishing the job after all the delays, I would have had the pistons knurled. I'm pretty certain I'll have it done as a matter of routine in the future. So can you give me a ballpark cost for knurling a set, and is there any downside to doing it?
  12. Oh - so you had a skip and not a crash? Then my $.25 is to spend a few bucks on it. I jam econo too, so I just replaced the belt and the toothed idler (which, for some reason has a much higher failure rate than the smooth ones), but went premium on both (per GD's recommendation): Mitsuboshi belt and NSK idler - I think I paid less than $100 CDN for the pair. Unless you have a reason to distrust the pumps and tensioner, that should do it.
  13. A very slight taper right at the tip (which is flat so it can tap all the way to the bottom of the hole, unlike the usual pointy tapered taps) just to get it started.
  14. It's just an aluminum casting - shouldn't be that hard to tap - but you're going to have to use a bottom tap, otherwise a through-hole tap taper is probably going to just chew up the hole.
  15. Just to clarify, a helicoil is a coil of square wire. You oversize drill and tap the damaged hole, then screw the helicoil into the new threads - that's what keeps it in place. Then the inside of the coil is the new thread your fastener screws into.
  16. "Awful sound" doesn't give us a lot to work with, but let's give it a go. The most common cause of misfires is bad spark. So take a look at the plugs - these engines strongly prefer NGK. If they're something else (or just ugly), replace them. Look for carbon tracking on the outside of the plug ceramic that suggests you've been losing spark to the outside of the plug. Check that your wires and connectors look/feel good. Listen for arcing where the wires pass by metal. If that doesn't solve it, the next step is a compression test to see whether the engine internals have a problem e.g. a broken valve.
  17. Yikes. Get the exact wiring diagram for your year and model.
  18. Nothing "hard" about it. First head gasket job I did was on a '99 OBW w/ 2.5, and I did it without lifting the engine at all, which made it a bit more of a challenge than otherwise. Lifting engine a few inches (too lazy, ornery, and rushing to beat the cold weather to unbolt it from the tranny) would have made it a little easier - when it's that tight to the wheel wells every 1/4" extra knuckle room makes a huge difference. But by the time you've stripped all the stuff off necessary to remove the heads, you're only half a dozen nuts+bolts away from having the motor unhitched anyway, so you might as well pull it. I've had the engine in+out of my '95 (same as yours) a few times and it's a breeze. The real problem you have is how much it was overheated. If you get on top of it early enough and keep the engine temp under control, you may be okay with just the gaskets. But if it's been severely overheated you may do the head gaskets only to have the crank bearings fail shortly thereafter.
  19. Captain Stupid here. We're all acquainted with the "spare parts" theory and don't panic when there's an extra nut or bolt leftover from a job. After a lengthy delay (caused by two car wrecks and a nasty cold winter spell) the EJ25D I pulled from my '99 OBW and rebuilt is back in place and things look pretty good. Except... for this rather distressing spare part. I've turned it over and run it (for just a few seconds because the rad isn't in yet), and it seems to be running smoothly, so I don't think it's a manifold/vacuum thing, which would be the most likely guess. Obviously I can't tell yet whether it's coolant-related. I'm freaking out.
  20. My lingering suspicion (read: fear) has been that this connects to the crossover pipe, and that I missed it because it's one of the miserable things you have to attach while lowering the manifold (e.g. the coolant temp sensors). But (naturally) I was sure I got everything under there. If you're right, I should be able to peek under the TB just by taking the air box off. Will advise... [edit] Yup, that was it alright. I'd attached the driver's side hose but not this one on the passenger side of the TB. A million thank-yous, gentlemen.
  21. Someone who does this all the time (like GD) would be able to answer, but I can't remember at the moment whether it's the front- or rear-most bearing. If someone previously said #1, that's as good an answer as any. And pulling the plug wire isn't going to affect whether that bearing is spinning loose. Regardless of whether the offending cylinder is firing, the others are going to drag that piston around. Doesn't take that long for this action to grind the crank out of usable spec, either (been there). So get a look at it asap. If you lift the engine just a little (at least, this is how it is in my '99 OBW) you can wiggle the pan out and at least get a peek up at the crank.
  22. I just checked, and that's not it, though I see what you mean. I've had the engine in and out of this thing a few times, and haven't had to mess with anything at the firewall other than the heater hoses.
  23. There's no confusion about whether you need to split the block to get at all the rod bearings. You do.