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Old 07-09-2015, 02:04 PM   #1
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Talking 88 GL Turbo Questions

New to all of this! I bought an 88 gl turbo wagon a few weeks back. An old mechanic owned it but he had a heart attack and was unloading all of his unfinished projects. He says he thinks the head gasket needs to be replaced there's a leak behind the water pump. Thermostat doesn't work. So I have no idea how hot it's running. Another guy looked at it and he told me the water pump just needs to be replaced. 159k original miles. Should I just go for it and have the gaskets replaced? Is this a common issue? Any help would be great!
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Old 07-09-2015, 09:54 PM   #2
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Being an EA82 turbo the head gaskets are normally blown. Do you mean the thermostat (the thing on the engine that restricts coolant flow when cold) is broken or the temperature gauge on the dash is broken? If its the thermostat I would suggest an OEM Subaru one. If it is the gauge get it working before you drive it any more. EA82T's LOVE to overheat and the head gaskets are pretty weak.

Both of the EA82T's that I had ended up getting head gaskets, all oil seals, water pump, thermostat and a tune up. Many if not all of the hoses under the hood ended up being replaced too. I think I put in a double row radiator in each of them too. (double row is about an inch thick ALL THE WAY ACROSS and a single row is an inch thick but pinches to a narrower depth in the center)
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Old 07-17-2015, 03:18 PM   #3
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The gauge in the car doesn't register at all. I'm having the water pump done so the guy is just going to swap a new thermostat in since its right there. I'm also doing a little tune up, new plugs and wires, new radiator hoses. Crossing my fingers that'll get her rolling. I'll look into that double radiator. Thanks
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Old 07-17-2015, 06:40 PM   #4
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Ya get the gauge working (or stick an aftermarket one on the dash) before you drive it. The car WILL overheat super easy for the simplest reason.
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