Question about 1984 Subaru Gl
I have a 1984 subaru gl wagon. It starts to make a noise, like a pinging sound, at heavy load (full throttle, up a hill) at around 3000rpm. A mechanic told me the timing was set just fine, so I am wondering if it could be a distributor advance problem?
This seems to be an issue with this car. I have the same year and model as you. The book states that the car should be operated with gas with an octane of 91 or above. With gas prices like they are, I usually use regular. My car knocks and pings like crazy on a hill or full load. When I put premium in, it still does it but is a lot more quiet. My best friend also owns the exact same car - and is a mechanic - and says that this is not abnormal in a car of this size. He adjusted my timing the other day, and between that and my using premium gas - no matter what the cost - it has more power and is quieter. I've been driving my car like this for 14 months and it has 130k on it. He says not to fret over it, so I just get in the right lane and wind on down the road. (amazing that once this little baby gets moving, it's hard to stop it!!)
I know this didn't likely help you any...just wanted you to know that it's not all bad.
Posted on Jul 16, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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