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Old 12-04-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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I am new to the scene as an owner. I have admired the cars from afar, always thinking they were out of my reach.

I recently purchased one, older but in good condition. It has an upgraded turbo as well as a turbo timer. My check engine light recently came on, not to mention intermittent squealing from what I believe to be the belts. In addition, the A/F started blinking.

Any insight is appreciated.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:48 PM   #2
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I plan to take it to a performance shop just to get it all checked but I would like to carry some knowledge with me so I know what they are talking about as well as an understanding of how things work.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:49 PM   #3
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Find out what the CEL is, go from there. I really hope you had it inspected by a qualified Subaru mechanic before purchasing. These cars can be problem after problem when not maintained/modded correctly.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:54 PM   #4
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Thanks. The CEL appears to be related to a leak in the hoses (an emissions focus, a local mechanic told me). They were hesitant to work with aftermarket parts so I have to take it back to the shop it has a history with. The previous owner and I are good friends. I have the records of work, and yes, it is in good condition based on what I was told from a general inspection. Belts were done a year ago.
I am thinking that MAYBE the fact that the car was just sitting in the garage for 6 months, only to be started once a day, may have something to do with it???
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:21 PM   #5
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Start checking vacuum lines and get a new gas cap. It would be nice to get the actual code. ie: Pxxxx Try tightening the belts a bit. The cold weather can cause that.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:19 PM   #6
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It would be nice to know more about your setup

What turbo?
Any supporting mods other than that?
Guessing an open-source tune.

Welcome. As Badler points out, these cars are great, but do not take to being improperly tuned/abused. Keep up on maintenance, no launching (the 5mt is so weak. trust me on this one, just don't do it ), and have fun
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:05 PM   #7
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Lowered with Teins springs
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IHI VF34 Turbo
generic impreza sti stainless one-piece header and up pipe - t304 construction
Walbro upgraded fuel pump - model unknown
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Perrin FMIC for WRX/STI 02-07
TurboXS intake with KNN
Rotora GH8 rbk011.01ac 1pc 4 piston front 13in/330mm drilled and slotted brakes (only works with 17in rims min)
Rotora GDA/GGA rbk016.01ac 1pc 2 piston rear 11.5in/295mm drilled and slotted brakes (works with 16in rims)
Custom 3in exhaust
Vibrant Resonator: vibrant part number 1795 18in straight through, 3in inlet and outlet and 4in oal - t304 construction
Vibrant Ultra Quiet Resonator: vibrant part number 1142, 3" inlet/oulet 14in overall length - t304 construction
Vibrant StreetPower Muffler 2 tip vibrant part number 1149 15in oval straight through, 3in inlet and dual 3in tip 5in long - t304 construction
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:07 PM   #8
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Just got the car back from the mechanic. Code is P0442 - evap emissions
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:40 PM   #9
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Just got the car back from the mechanic. Code is P0442 - evap emissions
Check the small hose on the front of the intake manifold to the left of the throttle body. It runs to the evap purge solenoid. Make sure all the hoses are attached. Most common location other than the gas cap issue.
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