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Old 04-18-2004, 06:58 PM   #1
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hey i just got a 1985 subaru gl front wheel drive wagon from a friend, im in the process of tuning it up since it sat for 6 months...i need to know the plug gap, and also i was driveing it last night and a red light that said ECS came on and i was wondering what that was? and another thing, how hard is it to change a CV, the passenger side is bad sounds like its gonna just fall out pretty soon. im a toyota guy so this subaru stuff is new to me.
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Old 04-19-2004, 12:21 AM   #2
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Plug gap... I cant remember off the top of my head, I will try to look it up for you. IF you get genuine subaru plugs they are pregapped to the right amount though.

The ECS light is the check engine light. If you take off the kick panel under the steering wheel you should see a black box with a red LED on it... it should flash a code to you when the light is on.

http://www.westol.com/neper/ecucodes.html

That link should help (I hope)

I am not sure how the CV swap is, I've never done one before, but they supposibly arent that hard if you have a jack, stands some tools and a big hammer.
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Old 04-19-2004, 02:59 AM   #3
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i called my friend up who works at an auto parts store and he said the gap was 44 thousandths of an ich, so i know that much, and as for the cv's i doubt theyre very hard, i'll probably start in on that tomorrow, now if only i could figure out why it wont pass emissions??
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Old 04-19-2004, 10:58 AM   #4
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CV axles are not fun on an 80's Scoob. You technically should take the entire hub off the car with the axle and take it to a machine shop to press the old axle out and the new one in... But I didn't feel like doing all that, so I just hammered the old axle out of the hub, and when I put the new axle on, I just lined it up in the hub and hammered the hub against the axle until it came through, then tightened the nut down on it.

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Old 04-20-2004, 10:41 PM   #5
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I took the axle and steering knuckle to a dealer and had them do all of the pressing for me. I figured that that it was worth while to spend a few bucks on labor getting that all put back together since I hadn't ever wrencehd on a 'brew before..
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Old 04-21-2004, 04:11 AM   #6
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i replaced the cv today and it went pretty smooth, didnt have time to drive it tho since i had to go to work.
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