HI to everybody and before i ask a slew of n00bie questions let me say thanks to all the pro's and jo's that have already helped me trouble shoot my new-to- me 02 wrx wagon. i have three questions left i am having a time with.
1 fuel smell. cold engine, cold weather. covered in huge depth. my question is, how can i tell if the lines have been swapped(no paper trail). i have a eye on the leak, it's a single rubber line coming up next to the turbo to a steel like that runs under the intake assembly. cheezy spring loaded clamp. damp and smells like bad montana winter blend gas.
2. very VERY slight coolant leak on top of turbo. i think. i can see the hard lined oil lines, this one is on the top inside of the air turbine part. forgive my terrible non-subaru terms. i shall learn, i sweear!!!
3. drivability concern. under steady driving or mild accereration there is a slight gear whine from the center-right(so it seems) front of the car. speed doesn't affect the pitch or the volume of the whine. coasting off throttle at any speed or clutch in at any speed the whine goes away. i do know the car has had a tranny rebuild(can feel the crisp new parts in a car with 133700 miles) and a new clutch. ..... but the sound reminds me of my camaro's new rear diff that i didnt get the gear wear pattern QUITE right(was my first without all the proper guages )and i had a whine in off throttle coasting, just the reverse.
after that, i can see a grimmspeed ceramic coated up pipe in my future for a first mod. i really dont want to replace a turbo, and who can argue with ten or almost ten hp for two ben's and a afternoon under your new car?
current 2002 wrx wagon, midnight blue pearl
retiring, 1984 chevy camaro berlinetta modded for 490,000 plus daily hotrodding and drift practicing.
retired. 1969 chevy van(with sidepipes!!) 1971 duster, 1964 rambler american
out of my element. thats ok though, i brought a extra jacket!!http://www.clubwrx.net/ubb/icons/icon6.gif