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Old 09-25-2007, 01:01 AM   #1
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Default New legacy owner, major problem.

hey everyone, i just bought a 1991 legacy sport sedan for a winter car.

upon researching it and lurking on the boards a couple days, im really looking forward to owning/driving this car, and even more so with the apparent potency and reliability of the "bulletproof" ej22t.

i'm very excited to fix this thing and have fun with it even though it's my winter car, i will most likely start modding it. actually, it's a given.

i love older cars, umm, and i guess black ones from 1991 especially, as my summer car is a turbocharged black 1991 civic si

aaaanyway. the car has a major issue, i thought at first it was the transmission (which is automatic) but conferring with my brother, he thinks its may be one of the following: transfer case/diff/axle/cv

symptoms: LOUD clunking, or hard clicking when accelerating.
not as bad when in neutral rolling.
wheels are jerking a bit because of it (brother walked beside car while rolling)
steering vibration.
trouble shifting up.
possibly only running in fwd. (was rainy out, spun front tires)
abs light on (i would guess this is unrelated)
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:35 AM   #2
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can i use a 1990 non turbo legacy for parts?
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Old 09-25-2007, 04:38 AM   #3
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I wouldn't count the trans out completely yet. The trouble shifting up and jerking lead me to believe the trans needs some help. Steering vibration and fwd only sound like something else...
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:36 AM   #4
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can i use a 1990 non turbo legacy for parts?
If you're thinking tranny, you just have to make sure the Final Drive ratio is the same as your turbo tranny. I don't really know if they are (I'm guessing yes).

As for the ABS light, it might just be related, as the ABS system talks to the TCU.
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Old 09-25-2007, 12:28 PM   #5
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ok cool this helps a little.

i found an awd donor car, so i guess i just have to find out if the tranny and drivetrain is the same (i know that the 1991 had an lsd, and later models and non turbos did not)
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Old 09-25-2007, 12:52 PM   #6
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check at legacycentral.org they have alot of info on 1st gen legacies
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:23 PM   #7
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yeah, im searching ther too. anyway, heres some pics.





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much better
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:25 PM   #8
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:12 PM   #9
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all right. so i just bought a repair manual, and im thinking its the driveshaft.

ive also figured out that 1992-1992 AWD AT non turbo legacys share the same final drive, and so i can use parts from that car i gather. i will inspect it in the days to come, and will pinpoint the problem hopefully, and get onto fixing it as soon as i can.
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Old 10-02-2007, 07:05 PM   #10
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FOUND THE PROBLEM! hopefully it's the only one.

drained the AT fluid* and it looked nice and clear, no metal shavings or signs of major damage. yay.

as my brother turned out the drain plug for the front diff, we knew what the verdict would be.** with a loud plunk, something fell into the pan followed by the fluid. at first i thought the plunk was the plug itself, but then i saw it in my brothers hand; we both burst out laughing. we thought it was funny that a shard of metal came flying out, even though it wasnt funny at all, we still laughed.

and so now that i have found the problem, i will be dropping the tranny, and having one of our friends*** to install a pinionshaft/ring gear. my local subaru dealer wants 680.xx for parts+seals etc. online ive found it as cheap as 289.xx+shipping. with the stronger canadian dollar i am happy to not have to worry about an exchange.

*previous owner overfilled it cuz they thought it would fix problem, hopefully it didnt mess up the transmission.

**upon further research being on subaru boards, i began thinking i had a broken ring gear and/or pinion shaft.

***who is a mechanic, who happens to love working on automatic transmissions.

i will post in this thread as the process continues. this being my first subaru, and having to take this on will be fun and challenging for me, haha so stay tuned!

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Old 10-02-2007, 07:09 PM   #11
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heres a pic, thats a quarter.
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