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  1. So I have had a recurring problem with my 1990 loyale not wanting to start. It was intermittent but got worse as time went on. Symptom: When car was hot or from a cold start, when I turned the key I would hear a clicking sound coming from the engine compartment. I would turn the key over and over again until it would finally turn over (sometimes it would take 50 times!). Car would run fine after starting. Attempts to Fix: Replaced coolant temperature sensor: A lot of posts on these causing hot starting issues. Did not fix the problem. Replaced starter: nope. Cleaned all battery connections and connections to starter: didn't fix problem Changed out battery and replaced with new one: still had same issues Actual Fix: After reading up on the USMB forums and on other toyota forums I discovered that the early Subarus do not have starter relays. As the wiring gets older and more worn out, the power going to the starter diminishes. The fix is to put a relay in between the starter and the ignition. Some people recommend buying a cheap headlight relay and wiring it in yourself. You can look up starter relay or ignition relay yourself to find instructions. Not being a mechanic myself, I chose this kit: Bosch WR1 Starter Relay Kit http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-WR1-Starter-Relay/dp/B001COAX78 The kit comes with a relay, all the wires, and easy to follow instructions including a wiring diagram. It took me 20 minutes to wire up and made the whole process a breeze. Mystery Solved! Starts up without hesitation. For $25.00 this was a cheap and painless fix (once I figured out the actual problem) Hope this helps some of my fellow vintage sub owners. Peace!
  2. I have had the same problem with my 1990 Loyale. Clicking sound comes from the hood area. Replaced the starter and battery is good. Every other time I try to start the car just clicking and no attempt to turn over. It always eventually starts and runs great. I will let you know if I find a solution.
  3. I just did some body work on pretty extensive rust spots on my '90 Loyale. I followed this video and it turned out very well.I agree withMykeys Toy above. Go with a local paint shop. They will match the three digit # and you'll be supporting a local business! I got great service and more than enough paint for under 15 bucks.
  4. Hello Soob People! My name is Stuart and I'm the proud owner of a 1990 Subaru Loyale. My soob and I are from Portland Oregon, currently residing in the great city of Portland, Maine. Though I am currently having some problems with starting, my Loyale has been an awesome and dependable car. This summer I have done some body work on rusty wheel wells. I'm more of an artist than a mechanic, so I am always on the USMB forums trolling for solutions to my problems. Loving the community here and glad to be officially signed up now. See you around the forums, Stuart aka subbybot