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#1 underscore

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Posted 17 October 2015 - 12:46 PM

I was on a road trip this morning, but my car has decided to malfunction. Hopefully I stopped in time to prevent major damage.

I first thought something was wrong with 5th gear, because when I was climbing hills, I got much more engine vibration than usual.

But then it had less power than usual, and the roughness became more pronounced, especially as I gave it more gas. It was only at this time that I noticed the 'Check Engine' light.

As I put in the clutch at the nearest gas station, my car did not like idling very well, and there was quite a lot of vibration. So I'm pretty sure there's something wrong with the engine.

The good news is: I didn't have anything else I really needed to do today, so I've got lots of time to get it fixed. The bad news is that I'm a fair distance away from home.

Speculate away! Or, share stories of your own breakdowns, and I'll read them while waiting at the service station!

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Posted 17 October 2015 - 01:12 PM

Sounds like maybe ignition problem. Possibly vacuum hose failure, depends on the type and age of engine. What car?
 


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 01:13 PM

Don't think what gear you were in at the time is relevant unless it only happened  in that gear


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 01:15 PM

Trouble is the engine light can mean many things. Sensor failure through to major damage. Scantool will read the error codes


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 01:49 PM

Thats what I'm suspecting too. I had a friend who had similar rough running. It turned out to be something with his spark plug wiring, I think.

Nothing looked loose in the engine bay, and there didn't seem to be any leaking fluid. I'll let the experts at it, and we will see how it goes.

(2008 Impreza 2.5i, ~85kmi)

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Posted 17 October 2015 - 02:39 PM

2008 Impreza...... oh. Way out of my mech knowledge lol. Good luck


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 02:40 PM

Thats what I'm suspecting too. I had a friend who had similar rough running. It turned out to be something with his spark plug wiring, I think.

Nothing looked loose in the engine bay, and there didn't seem to be any leaking fluid. I'll let the experts at it, and we will see how it goes.

(2008 Impreza 2.5i, ~85kmi)

Ignition is definitely my first instinct.


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 06:21 PM

Thats what I'm suspecting too. I had a friend who had similar rough running. It turned out to be something with his spark plug wiring, I think.

Nothing looked loose in the engine bay, and there didn't seem to be any leaking fluid. I'll let the experts at it, and we will see how it goes.

(2008 Impreza 2.5i, ~85kmi)

wrx or wrx sti?
 


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 06:27 PM

Obviously I can't come and help, but if you can get the codes read, I might be able to help using my autodata.

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Posted 17 October 2015 - 06:37 PM

Nope, it's a base model, with the naturally aspirated engine.  (170hp back when it was new... Which is plenty for me.)  I suppose I should also tell you that I took it to the dealership, because I'm not actually good at fixing cars.  Hopefully the repair bill won't eat too far into my gaming laptop budget. ;-)



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Posted 17 October 2015 - 06:42 PM

We call dealers "stealers" over here, I'm sure you can guess why. Owch mate :(


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 07:29 PM

I'm a bit attached to this car, since it's the first one I bought with my own $. I'm okay making sure it's fixed up properly.

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Posted 17 October 2015 - 09:37 PM

I drive a 2007 Impreza outback sport so this is interesting to me.



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Posted 17 October 2015 - 09:45 PM

This car has fewer vacuum controls than some and it is new enough I wouldn't suspect that at first.  Plugs and wires would be first to look at, also easiest.  Noticed problems in 5th just means loss of power, torque, smoothness and could be incomplete combustion so the engine light could be a sensor in the exhaust, 



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Posted 18 October 2015 - 10:09 AM

Hadn't thought of that. I keep forgetting how many sensors are in cars.

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 12:10 PM

I'm gonna go for a faulty spark plug or ignition lead/coil pack.can't remember if subaru use multi coils or just 1 for all cylinders. The break down of one of those causing a misfire and therefore the lack of power.

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 10:09 PM

And that's what it turned out to be: a bad coil causing misfires. Not too expensive.

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 02:20 AM

Oh, hope they have your car fixed or you could fix the car yourself, i never had a breakdown before, for those curious, i drive a 97' Corolla CE, never had that feeling of being stranded before, cheap and reliable.

 

Heck, i have little to no knowledge about car mechanics :P

 

Well, as i said before, hope that you could fix that problem, i don't know what the problem could possibly have been the whole time...



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Posted 22 October 2015 - 03:48 PM

CSB ...

 

The few times I had a "breakdown on the road" it was ...

 

1983 Honda civic quit running at a rest stop.  After a while I found it had broken the plastic fuse holder under the hood on the fender well, removed it and duct taped it togeather and finished my trip.

 

Years later same Civic over heated and a tow truck magically appeared and towed me to all three auto parts stores in Chillicothe Ohio before dropping me at a motel.  Seems nobody there stocks that water pump.  Called home and had Dad bring me one and a box of tools so I could change it in the parking lot.  Big Harley festival there so it was kinda entertaining that evening.

 

97ish Dodge Colt Vista wagon timing belt slipped on a restart and wouldn't run.



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Posted 22 October 2015 - 06:52 PM

Yikes! Nowadays, when a timing belt goes, valves meet piston!

My only 'hero repair' consisted of cutting away a dragging underbody panel.

/underbody panel makes hellish scraping noise
Passenger: "What the ---- is that noise?!"
/pull over, noise stops
Me: "I'll be back." /cue 2 minutes of pocket-knife work/
/me returns with the offending panel
Passenger: "What is that?"
Me: "Useless plastic. The car will run fine without it."
/dismissive toss into the back seat
Passenger: "Are you sure?"
/we drive off in blessed silence
Me: "Seems so." :-)




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