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86 turbo subaru thought to be headgasket but could be turbo

When i got it the guy told me it was a bad head gasket but there is no water in the oil or vise versa and the turbo apears to leak water could this be the problem? the guy said it started steaming out the tail pipe and parked it then took the ignition coil out for some reason so i got a coil and figured out the 6 wires but it wouldnt start so i couldnt tell if the turbo is the problem...im 16 and this is my dream car so if any other subaru nuts out there can lend some advice it would be very appreciated.

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  • cottrell_73 Jul 25, 2009

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