Engine oil leaks are common from the valve cover gasket and camshaft & crankshaft seals. Replacement of leaking seals and gaskets is recommended.
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1990 Subaru Loyale
1990 Subaru Loyale Problems
A hydraulic lifter type noise may be noted, often worse at idle. This can be caused by air being drawn past the oil pump seal allowing aerated oil to reach the valve lifters. Replacing the oil pump seals generally will correct this issue.
Premature timing belt failure is not uncommon. The recommended service interval is 60K, but belt failures before that mileage have been noted. This 1.8L engine is considered "free-wheeling", therefore the chances of valve damage if the timing belt fails is minimal.
1990 Subaru Loyale Recalls (Recent)
Summary: THE FRONT SAFETY BELT BUCKLE RELEASE BUTTONS CAN BREAK. THESE RED PLASTIC RELEASE BUTTONS ARE MARKED "PRESS." IF A BUTTON BREAKS, PIECES CAN FALL INTO THE BUCKLE ASSEMBLY CAUSING THE BUCKLE TO OPERATE IMPROPERLY.Learn more »
Summary: UNDER CERTAIN LOAD CONDITIONS, THE PARK GEAR MAY NOT DISENGAGE IMMEDIATELY WHEN THE TRANSMISSION LEVER IS MOVED FROM PARK TO REVERSE.Learn more »
Summary: TRANSMISSION SHIFT LINKAGE MAY BE INCORRECTLY ADJUSTED AND WOULD NOT BE ENGAGED IN A FULL PARK POSITION WHEN PLACED IN PARK.Learn more »
Summary: WHEN THE VEHICLE IS DRIVEN CONTINUOUSLY UNDER EXTREMELY COLD TEMPERATURES (-22 DEGREES F.) AND HIGH HUMIDITY WEATHER CONDITIONS, THE TRANSMISSION BREATHING (AIR) VENT CAN BE BLOCKED DUE TO MOISTURE FREEZING AT THE OIL LEVEL GAUGE. IF THIS OCCURS, PRESSURE INSIDE THE TRANSMISSION CASE WILL INCREASE AND PUSH OUT THE REAR OIL SEAL, CAUSING TRANSMISSION OIL LEAKAGE. THE LACK OF LUBRICATION CAN BURN THE INTERNAL COMPONENTS OF THE TRANSMISSION, CAUSE THE TRANSMISSION TO SEIZE AND THE VEHICLE TO COME TO A SUDDEN STOP.Learn more »
1990 Subaru Loyale Questions and Answers
Everything's fine 'til the engine warms up, then there's a plume of vapor from the tailpipe. It's definitely steam, as it smells of glycol & dissipates right away. However...
makes a cracking noise in right front wheel. then it quit only will drive in 4wheel drive the drive in 2 wheel drive will not turn
is one axle longer than the other causing it to not turn
...to the insert the 2 bolts...I have tried everything you could think of for the past 10 hrs. the bottem one is in but the top is a hair line amiss..what do you suggest?
when i go up hills it wants to cut out and it sort of learches forward. as long as i down shift and get a good head start, i will make it up the hill. but once im in first i cant do enymore then pu...
1990 Subaru Loyale Reviews
my subaru has lasted me the last four years. i love driving it and it handles fairly well in the snow. but in the last two years i have noticed when i go up hills it seems that the car wants to die and break down under the preasure. if i down shift up the hill it seems to help as long as the RPMs r high enought. but if im in first gear i cant do enything but rev the car up the hill. what part is fouling? o2 cencer? a foul plug? i just dont know
308k and still running