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Old 06-20-2010, 11:52 AM   #1
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Default water pump recomends-sorry for inexperience

I have just bought a 98 impreza wagon with a stick in it. The check engine light came on after 200 miles or so So I have to make an excuse to bring it to a garage It hasn't had its water pump switched out so which of the ones here
http://www.google.com/catalog/199...ater_pump.html
are the best What seals and other stuff should I bring to the mechanic? What else should I do its at 92k right now. Plugs fuel filter and timing belt are recent Feels a little weak though??
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:15 PM   #2
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we can't help w/o a code. You can get codes pulled for free at autozone. Does it overheat? No? then your water pump is fine. People tend to change it out w/the timing belt to save labor. You can't go wrong with OEM, I haven't heard anything good or bad about those pumps (in your link).
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for responding. I live up in nowhere MN. So can't just roll into autozone. Had a Bad experience at nearby garage.
So I shouldn't get the water pump done? What seals do I need to get if I still want to get it done? How about getting me a little more power?
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Old 06-20-2010, 02:06 PM   #4
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I'm not sure I understand what's going on here. You have a check engine light and you don't know why. You have no indications that there's anything wrong with your water pump, but your thinking is that you should spend hundreds of dollars paying someone to replace your water pump (which shouldn't be bad on a car with only 92k miles on it) and a bunch of other stuff just so you can get them to read the CEL code? I guess I just don't understand why you need "an excuse to bring it to a garage". You already have an excuse - it's called a check engine light. Do you have any auto parts places near you? Autozone isn't the only place that will check codes for free.

If there are truly no places near you, then you can just buy a code reader yourself and perhaps avoid paying some shop hundreds of dollars for no reason. I have
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, it cost all of about $45, works great on my Subaru and my Cadillac.

As for more power... well, maybe buy a different car? You didn't exactly buy a firecracker of a performance machine. There are pretty much no cheap modifications that are going to make any notable difference. Most people will tell you to focus on making the car more fun to drive in other ways (specifically, better handling) rather than trying to make good power with a N/A 2.2L.

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Old 06-20-2010, 08:16 PM   #5
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I thought the waterpump was supposed to get changed at 95k 92500 is pretty close to that right? No when I called the local garage to try to get it scanned they basically refused saying if its not blinking it doesn't matter. Maybe there is a reasonably priced upgrade or something I could consider that you might know of? I just thought it would go a little better than my 97 legacy with the same engine did? I am asking for help not something else please
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Old 06-20-2010, 09:09 PM   #6
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maybe someone can recommend a less than 60$ scanner for my 98 impreza that will work when I get it?
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Old 06-20-2010, 09:41 PM   #7
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your reasonably priced upgrade is knowledge. Spend the next 3 months reading all these forums and learn about your car, then make a decision. We cannot make one for you. Search for "NA white paper".

There is no set maintenance interval for a water pump. It's not like spark plugs or a fuel filter. Try your local forums to see if someone there is willing to let you use their scanner.
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Old 06-20-2010, 10:32 PM   #8
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I thought the waterpump was supposed to get changed at 95k 92500 is pretty close to that right? No when I called the local garage to try to get it scanned they basically refused saying if its not blinking it doesn't matter. Maybe there is a reasonably priced upgrade or something I could consider that you might know of? I just thought it would go a little better than my 97 legacy with the same engine did? I am asking for help not something else please
iirc timing belt subaru recommends a timing belt change (that's when most people change their waterpumps) at 105k miles. most websites will have a timing belt kit that includes the water pump, the belt and a bunch of tensioners. check your manual...its gonna cost a pretty penny though don't be surprised to see a $600 bill for it.

http://www.subaruwrxparts.com/shop/p...idcategory=217 not for your car but you get the idea

well they're wrong. if you're check engine light is on then you've got codes to be pulled. every autoparts store i've been to will have them available for check out. or better yet just go on ebay and buy a cheapo $30 one. thats what i did.

find a different mechanic.
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Old 06-20-2010, 10:52 PM   #9
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maybe someone can recommend a less than 60$ scanner for my 98 impreza that will work when I get it?
I already posted a link to one that costs $42. I'm sure you can find it cheaper elsewhere (like Ebay, as suggested above), Amazon was just the first place I found it when I searched.
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Old 06-21-2010, 06:06 PM   #10
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Apparently Subarus, Mazdas and Volkswagons tend to have a problem in communication and in this case require a newer chip set in the 3030 which apparently works on all brands-the first review on amazon
Sorry Pat I wasn't ignoring you I just have trouble believing When I ask for the newer chip set when ordering from Amazon or anywhere else that's what I'll get. I don't want to deal with returning it for an 'update'

My new issue is that my wipers hit on the bottom And the top Of their action. How to fix? Can I use the ones on my 97 Legacy Are the arms compatible? How do you set them? From the off position? It just means the arms are stripped in the part they attach with? I just searched and I don't understand linkage sorry I'm so dumb.

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Old 06-21-2010, 06:29 PM   #11
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My new issue is that my wipers hit on the bottom And the top Of their action. How to fix? Can I use the ones on my 97 Legacy Are the arms compatible? How do you set them? From the off position? It just means the arms are stripped in the part they attach with? I just searched and I don't understand linkage sorry I'm so dumb.
My first thought would be to verify that you have the correctly sized wiper blades on the car.
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Old 06-21-2010, 06:35 PM   #12
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They are pretty small so I don't think the weight should yank them around enough to make them go past the window and hit the bottom others have had this issue I just don't get what they mean by linkage.
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:15 PM   #13
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new mechanic found! We get to visit on friday. I hope he likes it and can find the wiper problem glad I still have my legacy in the yard it. Sounds like those parts are real costly

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iirc timing belt subaru recommends a timing belt change (that's when most people change their waterpumps) at 105k miles. most websites will have a timing belt kit that includes the water pump, the belt and a bunch of tensioners. check your manual...its gonna cost a pretty penny though don't be surprised to see a $600 bill for it.
The EJ22's timing belt and goodies are 'supposed' to be changed @ 60K... yep, check the Subaru website, I was just as shocked. Mines at 91K and fine, but I'm having it done tomorrow or the next day. Really, it's near 100k, and old, being a '98, so weather and deterioration may weaken it.

One dealer quoted me $750. Another, $1300. Then I called back the first one and they said $550. So I dunno. Other garages around me are saying they'll do it for $1000-1500... like wtf? My normal mechanic usually does them for about $500 out the door, but he's really busy now.
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:35 PM   #15
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The timing belt was done around 61k How often is it recommended to change them?http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_often_...ru_timing_belt=edit So I am looking at oil and water pumps To ask my guy about on Friday?

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