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Old 10-03-2004, 03:47 PM   #1
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I've got a good line on a nice '88 RX Turbo, and I'm highly considering it. The only real problem is that I have to drive it from Jersey back to Maine next weekend. I asked him how the engine was, and he said the only problem is the turbo hoses are leaking a little, and it requires checking the coolant regularly. Now, I'm not really a Scooby Newbie (this would be Suby #5 for me), but I've never had a turbo before, so this stuff is all new to me. Is he right, that I only need to check the coolant, or is this something I should be concerned about on a 500 or so mile trip? Thanks guys!
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Old 10-03-2004, 04:47 PM   #2
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You can drive it, I'd stop every hundred miles or so and get an idea of how much it's leaking. Or take water with you, and watch the temp gauge.
<---'85 RX, leaks water from somewhere
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Old 10-05-2004, 11:48 AM   #3
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Yeah...take some supplies and no worries
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Old 10-05-2004, 01:10 PM   #4
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I've got a good line on a nice '88 RX Turbo, and I'm highly considering it. The only real problem is that I have to drive it from Jersey back to Maine next weekend. I asked him how the engine was, and he said the only problem is the turbo hoses are leaking a little, and it requires checking the coolant regularly. Now, I'm not really a Scooby Newbie (this would be Suby #5 for me), but I've never had a turbo before, so this stuff is all new to me. Is he right, that I only need to check the coolant, or is this something I should be concerned about on a 500 or so mile trip? Thanks guys!
Not to be a, pain in the Butt/Wet Blanket/Downer/Let-Down/Whinger/Moaner or MR. Pedantic or anything.... (oops-that's me ).
But I would buy a can of Pre-Mixed Quality Bourbon, and run the Engine at Idle for AT LEAST 20mins, THEN, I would drive it-HARD, (around the block?), for at least Five minutes after this,(THIS is when you watch the temp Gauge). THEN, I would park it where I found it, disconnect and plug the hose from the Coolant Expansion Tank, shut the engine down, but leave the Ign on, turn on the Air-con, (so the Themo-fan Cycles ), and run the engine for 30 Seconds every 5 minutes for 3 times, then leave it for 5 as is. IF the hoses begin to collapse/suck-in, (let them SUCK all the way to be sure ), if they are still 'Sucked-IN', and stay that way for 20 mins or so, you should not have any problems with the cooling System at all.
IF YOU DO, get it quoted and deduct it from the negotiated/agreed price of the vehicle
BTW, inlet manifolds leak more coolant on these than Head-Gaskets, after you start it, give it a few revs and look for steam from Exhaust.

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Old 10-05-2004, 01:14 PM   #5
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You can drive it, I'd stop every hundred miles or so and get an idea of how much it's leaking. Or take water with you, and watch the temp gauge.
<---'85 RX, leaks water from somewhere
G'Day,
again with the Mr.Pedantic...(Me- ),
not to mean any offence but don't you think 100miles, (160km), is a bit far to travel without checking on an unknown fault?? EVEN IF..you have the Uncle Scotty supplied Supplies, (Ltd)??

(Temp gauges don't work without Coolant/Water! )

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