Hints & Tips

Submitted: Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 22:41
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Took part in the club sand gymkhana last weekend and during one of the events the Rangie developed a bit of a missfire, checked all the usual stuff, couldn't find anything, plug leads, compression test etc etc anyway found the two center plugs RH bank a tad darker than the rest, so I replaced all the plugs they looked due and they where Boshe (nuff said), had the choice of some NGK Iridium plugs at $22 a pop it gets expensive with an eight cylinder mind you they do last for 80,000 klms so they would save in the longer term, anyway, so I went for the standard NGK good enough for now, missfire was a lot better but still not perfect, couldn't find anything else. I waited till dark, started the engine and popped the lid, found the problem straight away, the two centre leads whre arcing through the dipstick every now and again, hence the missfire, I bent the dipstick slightly down and it's now perfect again. Just a hint / tip it's always worth looking for electrical problems in the dark, it's a regular little light show. Hope this helps someone else.
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Reply By: Willem - Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 23:54

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 23:54
Good one Martyn

Now there will be a new saying "There is a light at the end of the dipstick" ...... hahahaha
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Saturday, Mar 20, 2004 at 01:07

Saturday, Mar 20, 2004 at 01:07
trust you to come up with that lol
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 20, 2004 at 07:36

Saturday, Mar 20, 2004 at 07:36
Marttn,
What are spark plug leads?

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Martyn (WA) - Saturday, Mar 20, 2004 at 12:26

Saturday, Mar 20, 2004 at 12:26
Wayne,
Boshe silicon jobbies I think, they're quite good, cost enough and they're only 2500 klms old so they should be fine, unless you know differently that is...................
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Follow Up By: Member - AndrewPatrol - Sunday, Mar 21, 2004 at 21:11

Sunday, Mar 21, 2004 at 21:11
May be that this is a diesel joke???????????
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Follow Up By: Martyn (WA) - Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 21:35

Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 21:35
Ah ha, thanks wayne I didn't see that one coming more fool me, I'm not usually that slow off the mark, 15 - love........................
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Reply By: Member Colin - NSW Bungendore - Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 14:45

Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 14:45
Good advice Martyn
We used this (in the dark) trick years ago on our 'rally' cars to find dust leaks. Cover the windows and put a light inside, then look under and around for any light escaping! Also to trace electric leaks as you mention.

Those spark plugs are worth the extra $ spent - made a big difference to the Forester.

SAND - whats that - no I remember, I am a West Ausie myself afterall! Our 'car' Club had gymkanas at Moolyabeenie (spelling) landing ground near Gin Gin - good fun. The Subaru Club still use this site.

I'm off to WA to taste the sand in June - up the CSR to the Calverts with the Subaru Club.

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