Hello all I am new and in extreme need of help. I have a 1987 Subaru GL-10 turbo wagon and its not running. We've check everything we can think of:
and there is something weird going on. When we checked the spark there would be no arc while the engine was turning over but as soon as we stop turning the ignition switch it arcs once. My dad is a pretty good mechanic but doesn't have all the specialty equipment that shops have these days but for the life of him we cant figure out what is going on.
I've posted on other forums but have not gotten any helpful news, and tips or ideas to test would be appreciated as the only thing we can think of is replaced the distributor which would cost $250 so thats not going to happen unless its definitely the problem.
did u check for power to the coil when its cranking u maby have a ingition switch thats worn out, to check run a positive wire from the battery to the positive side of the coil and crank it if it starts u have a problem with the ingition switch or the wiring/conections to the coil
Hmm I hate this car. We moved it into the driveway via come along and when it was half way up we tried to start it.............it stated with some trouble then 10 sec later it sputtered out like it was out of gas. We put more gas into it and charged the battery cause it was low from sitting. Wouldnt start, so we waited a few hours and it started for about 10 sec again and since then it wont start...........i give up.
I like the distributor theory, but have done all the cheaper checks first? Timing is one thing that comes to mind, but I not really sure. The $250 for the part sounds too high. Try S-wing:
S-Wing's Stuff Auto Inc1200 S Bannock
Local: (303) 777-8658
They have a phone number on their website. They might ship you a used one cheaper. They will also let you rap with the mechanics there too to get other ideas. Don't give up on it yet. DOes it have the old shift-in, real deal 4wd? That is a sweet ride, if it's a 5spd.