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About johnwan

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    Vancouver Island BC.
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    Boxer engine enthusiast.
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    93 Subaru Loyal 4wd wagon

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  1. johnwan

    Head Gaskets.

    Update. So I have tried a new radiator cap and thermostat. Everything seemed good for a few days. It is acting like a sticking thermostat again. The temperature gauge goes up to hot then drops to normal and stays there for the remainder of the drive. It’s is possible to get a defective thermostat out of the box?
  2. johnwan

    Head Gaskets.

    I think my Subaru is ok. I may a sticking thermostat. The temperature gauge did get up close to the red a few times. I was hearing water sloshing in the dash. Today I warmed the Subaru up with the radiator cap off a high idle and giving a few higher revs to purge air. The heater works radiator fan is operating. I should replace the thermostat and radiator cap before getting into the head gaskets. Does this sound reasonable? Does Subaru sell these parts. Thank you for the advice. John.
  3. johnwan

    Head Gaskets.

    Thank you for the reply Dave T. I have ordered the intake gaskets and o rings from Subaru. I have a gasket set coming from Lordco, an auto parts store chain in British Columbia. I am unsure of the brand at this point. As far as loosening the head bolts while the engine is still warm,. I will have to use a heat gun as I am a slow worker and the engine will cold by the time I have the engine out. Is it possible to loosen the head bolts with the engine still in the car? Thank you again for your help. John
  4. My ride needs head gaskets. 93 Loyale. 330,00km. It is consuming coolant, temp goes higher than normal. Are there suggestions or recommendations about parts required Are new head bolts required? Lifters? Gasket brands? It is still a solid very original ticky 4wd wagon. Thank you. John
  5. johnwan

    1993 Loyale Wagon. SubaWag

    My ride needs head gaskets. 93 Loyale. 330,00km. It is consuming coolant, temp goes higher than normal. Are there suggestions or recommendations about parts required Are new head bolts required? Lifters? Gasket brands? It is still a solid very original ticky 4wd wagon.
  6. johnwan

    1993 Loyale Wagon. SubaWag

    I was able to find some Peugeot 14" wheels with LT195/75R14 BFG All-Terrain T/A Tires. I think they look really good but the tires rub on the front mud flaps and possibly body. The car has factory suspension and ride height. Will some smaller 185/70R14 tires fit without rubbing the body? Does anyone use this tire size and wheel combination ? I have a ball style wheel nuts to mount the wheels to the Subaru. Thank you.
  7. johnwan

    1993 Loyale Wagon. SubaWag

    1993 Subaru Loyale. "SubaWag" I have always been an air cooled Volkswagen owner, so another flat four was in the plan. I had been looking for an inexpensive Subaru 4wd or awd wagon. I had not researched the model lineup but an idea of what I wanted. I bought this Subaru 4wd 5 speed last year. It reads 317,000 km on the odometer that would seem to be accurate to a car that has on the most part been cared for. It was dirty but seemed to have very little rust. It started right up to a very fast, smooth but tickey idle. Check engine light on And charge light glowing. It leaks oil, and needs exhaust work. It drove and shifts well and the 4wd button seems to engage the rear wheels. Just had brake work in the front. Bought for $600. This is a Subaru Loyale base model delete oil pressure and volt meters. Manual door locks and windows. Work done. Camshaft seals and seal retainer o-rings camshaft cover gaskets. Camshaft belts and tensioners. Oil pump seal and o-rings. Front left transmission drive flange seal. Water pump, bypass hose and v belts Alternator rebuilt. Muffler. Purge valve. Heater blower motor resister pack. Sorted out the door locks. New winter tires. What a great car. Easy to load full of stuff, it can take 6 trash bins standing up! It drives well, and good on fuel. It still has a very fast idle when cold often over 2000rpm.When fully warmed up it is under 1000rpm. It seems to be temperature related. Or maybe there is some kind of idle speed stabilizer at fault.
  8. I picked up this 93 Loyale 4wd wagon about 6 months ago and joined Ultimate Subaru Message Board. Thank you for all of the information and experience shared.
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