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1992 Subaru Loyale turns over but does not start

My son has this car and his friends have changed the ignition coil and spark plugs.  The car does not start.  They think it is the resistor.  Can anyone help?
Jim Hottinger Boise, Idaho

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  • jimhottinger Nov 30, 2008

    Since I wrote the post in October we fixed the car.  It was the timing belt.  We had a mechanic fix it.  Just a question though he wanted to change out the water pump as well and charge me an arm and leg but when we bought the car in June 08 used, the original owner had the water pump replaced by a different mechanic.  Was this mechanic trying to slip one through the cracks?  Thanks for all your help!!


    Jim Hottinger
    Boise, Idaho

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Is the engine turning faster than usual.is so might be a timing belt take the distribitor cap off and see if the rotor button turns while someone is cranking it.if its not sounding like the motor is turning over faster than usual while your cranking it.(sounds usual but just wont start)it could be the modual in the distribitor gone bad .thanks jeff

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  • jhughes71 Nov 30, 2008

    jim if im not mistaken thats a 1.8 liter engine and if so the timing belt dont have to be removed to exchange a water pump.thats a iffy question?with your mechanic. unless he was wanting to charge you alot more money to go ahead and exchange the water pump.i personally wouldnt have had it done if the water pump was exchanged out not to long ago.the only catch im trying to figure out was why would he want to charge a whole lot more money to go ahead and exchange it out while he had the engine tore down.(labor wise shouldnt have been much more since the engine was already taken apart)as far as the price for the water pump its self i dont know exactly how much they cost.on alot of cars like the honda civic and some of the toyotas.you have to remove the timing belt in order to exchange the water pump.but not the 1.8 litre suburu engine.unless it was a whole lot of money you can look at the bright side .you shouldnt have to worrie about the water pump or timing belt for a long time.im not saying anything bad about your mechanic i know alot of mechanics that do alot of unnessary things to run up a big bill.probably about 70% of them out there.and as far as the dealers unless its under warranty i would stay as far away from them as possible.thanks jeff

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