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Old 06-17-2010, 01:11 AM   #1
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Hey all,

I have a 1987 GL Wagon, no mods, very basic. It would seem that my choke is no longer functioning, as when I start it up cold it will sputter and die a few times before I can get it to stay started, even with hitting the throttle. I've had a few vacuum hoses replaced leading away from the carb, but that didn't seem to help. I can't find any way to get inside my choke either, as it appears to be riveted shut.

Does anyone have any alternate ideas as to how to fix this problem without the obvious replacement of the choke/carb?

Thanks!
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:03 AM   #2
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Both of mine do that too. I just pump the gas twice, start it up, and blip the throttle repeatedly until the sputter goes away. I haven't gotten into mine to see if the issue is a worn distributor or worn carb yet..
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:12 PM   #3
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Supposed to per the manual depress the clutch once and attempt to start. If that isn't working check for power to the choke itself.
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:14 PM   #4
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Choke had power going to it.

However, we didn't have a way to check the 2 vacuum diaphragms.
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:00 PM   #5
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I "fixed" the choke on my first subaru, an 85 I had in 97(?) by drilling out the rivets and swapping in a good choke from another carb. I didn't want to deal with swapping the whole carb. I just got some small bolts or machine screws to reattach the good one.
If you do this, you'll probably see that the bimetallic spring inside yours is broken.
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:08 PM   #6
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That's what we were thinking was the problem since everything else appeared to be fine. Now to find a new choke...any ideas where I could look?
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:32 AM   #7
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pm me and remind me to look.any friend of tex is a friend of mine.well, most of the timecheers, brian
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Old 06-20-2010, 05:26 PM   #8
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It is very common with EA82 carbs for the choke spring to wear at the hooked end that moves the choke plate lever. I've seen dozens of carbs where the hook has just fallen off due to wearing through. It is likely your problem.

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Old 06-22-2010, 01:36 AM   #9
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That's what we were thinking was the case, now to just find a new(ish) choke to replace my broken one!
Monstaru (Brian) - I just realized that you are also on the planning committee for WCSS, like me, so I'm sure I've met you before, haha. Well done with the fire hose search as well!
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:30 PM   #10
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thanks.i do not have one(a choke) here....the firehose was meant to besorry, thought i had one downstairs.cheers, brian
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:05 PM   #11
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Thanks for checking Brian, I really appreciate it! I'm sure I'll figure something out. It can't be that hard....right? I figure I'm fine without a choke until it starts getting cold again, which gives me at least a few months unless the weather decides to pull another 180.

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Old 06-25-2010, 05:50 PM   #12
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You can easily convert the carb to a manual choke. There are kits availible at most auto parts stores in the ~$20 range. Then you just have to install a cable and route it to the dash. Cheaper than a replacement electric choke.

You should also come over to the USMB for better support on your vehicle. This is a fine forum for new-gen stuff, but the USMB is a better source for info on your GL. www.ultimatesubaru.org

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Old 11-25-2013, 11:01 AM   #13
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The rivets for Subaru Carter brand choke are actually screws with no head. tap the screw counter clockwise, should loosen. can replace screws with #6-32 x 1/2" screws from parts store.
The heater element usually burns out, not the spring. New choke about impossible to find.
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