what use is the wind if you can't fly a kite? (falnfenix) wrote in ilovesubarus,
what use is the wind if you can't fly a kite?
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talk about bloody frustrating...Impreza 2.5RS ignition issues.

so i've had spark issues on and off for about a month or so...before that, it had been a cut wire to the MAF sensor. over the past week the car's been sputtering and dying repeatedly...usually while in gear on the highway. D:<

aside from the plugs and wires, what am i missing? could the ignition be going up? correct me if i'm wrong, but a 99 2.5RS doesn't have a distributor cap and rotor, right?

i feel like such a dunce...i just see that CEL and get retarded about what else could be wrong.







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well....if you got some free time i'd do some digging to make sure nothing is shorting/grounding out any of the wires that go to your coil packs because if i remember right just one cylinder not working properly can screw the whole thing up.....but yeah i know thats not gonna be fun.....I only say this because when I owned my eclipse one of the wires wasn't spliced right and the coil pack wasnt working right because of that....so its worth checking out....oh and if its posting a CEL go to autozone borrow their code reader and get a code from it and then call your local subie dealership and find out what that code means from their mechanic and THEN you'll know where to start without a doubt.....
*nods* already planned on pulling the code...i'm just hoping against hope that it's something easy. i don't know a thing about wiring, and quite frankly it scares the crap out of me.
well its not that hard believe it or not....you basically want to make sure that none of the wires have been compromised (as in cut or had their sleeves taken off) because bare wiring is BAD.....you also wanna look for maybe burnt sleeves anything that doesnt look normal could be a big hint if you dont get anything from your CEL.....see my associates in Electrical Engineering from Purdue is starting to pay off ;) lol but yeah if there's no damaged wiring my next step would be to check the coil packs themselves and thats not nearly as hard ya see ya just put a screwdriver where the sparkplug should be and have someone turn the engine over to see if it sparks if it does then the pack should be ok......now your worst nightmare would be that the ECU is failing but i think you would get more symptoms then just a sputtering engine...(thats just my .02 though) anyways if ya got anymore questions let me know :)
thanks much! hopefully i'll get this figured out by Saturday...tomorrow's a bust thanks to the rain we're supposed to get(plus the moving i'm trying to do this weekend). argh...worst possible weekend EVAR.
moving aye???? where ya moving too??? and trust me the rain cant be as bad as what im getting here right now....Freezing rain with a chance for +1 Foot of snow :/
out of my apartment into another location nearby. nothing majorly earthshattering. :)
im dreading yet excided to move out of my place this upcoming march....dreading because i have heavy old handme down furniture (like a 300+ lbs couch) but excided cause im gettin my own place no more apartments :)

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oh yeah and if your still having trouble try posting the Code (once you get it) and the symptoms on clubwrx.net.....they've been nothing but helpfull over there for me and my wrx is the first turbo'ed car and scooby that i've ever owned :D so anyways just let me know if you got anymore questions cause i know how much it sux to have a dieing car :(
they'd be nice over there to someone lacking a snail?
whats that mean????
snail = turbo. they didn't seem too nice to other n/a owners.
as long as you dont go over there preaching A.) how your car is better then everyone elses and B.) how the evo is such a better car then the subby....i think you'll be ok because i rarely see anyone get flamed in any of the forums.....i mean do a search on my accounts entries and you'll see alot of noob questions and alot of honest good answers and btw its Peteys02bugeye if your curious ;)

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oh and if you want to impress some people find yourself a cobb AP or other ems along with a nice exhaust...ya know what as long as your car isnt riced out i think you'll be just fine ;)

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Definitely pull the code. You can look it up online if Autozone doesn't know it. Plus, lots of people own their own code readers and you might know somebody locally.

I'm not sure if the '99 RS has a distributor in the classical sense, but I'm guessing no. Subaru went through a transition from (1) single coil + mechanical dizzy + plug wires, to (2) electronic ignition + coil(s) all in one location + plug wires to (3) electronic ignition + coil packs directly on plugs. Good luck!
fortunately, my roommate's got a code reader...i'm just hoping he's home sometime in the next two days so i can borrow it.