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Recommendations for "Refreshing" engine?


akujiki1987
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1241735 posted 02/23/18 11:32 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Hey guys, so as you may have seen I recently picked up 979/1000. As stated in that, it has 23x,xxx on the body, and the prior owner said the prior prior(blah blah) owners replaced the engine at I believe 160k. How true this is I dont know, obviously as it sets i wouldn't know how to verify that claim. Anyway, plan is to get the timing componants all swapped out, T belt, BS Belt, Water Pump, Tensioner, etc. But while this is being done, what else should I look for or have done? My uncle will be replacing the ECU capacitors this weekend pending time allows, so that will be a peace of mind thing. Ill probably be changing out the trans and all those oils as well(feels pretty "notchy" shifting). Supposedly from an old post on here from a prior owner its supposed to have a "stage II TRE tranny". But again who knows. I do know the clutch feels like a performance clutch, its more of an on off switch. There's also somewhat of a "clunk" from the rear end when shifting sometimes so thats something else II need to research. Its also only boosting 8lbs, which if i am correct is under stock? Ill attach a couple engine pics though I doubt it will show anything. Sorry for the rant guys! Any advice from you VR4 gurus would be much appreciated.





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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1241736 posted 02/23/18 01:47 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Before anything do a leak down test. That will tell you some what of the motors condition and if you need to replace pistons/rings. I would def do valve stem seals, a head gasket, resurface head, some arp head studs and all new gaskets, seals and hoses for the cooling system, the vacuum/boost system and anything that comes in contact with oil. The clunk you hear, be more descriptive, is it under Excel, decel, cruising? More then likely it's the driveshaft.


Also do a boost leak test, i'm sure you have a few vacuum leaks in there and the exhaust manifold being in covered is not helping that soft and probably brittle imtercooler pipe that is going over the top of it.



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Edited by transparentdsm (02/23/18 01:53 PM)

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akujiki1987
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1241737 posted 02/23/18 01:53 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Its under acceleration right after a shift.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1241738 posted 02/23/18 01:54 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
That sounds like a blown out carrier bearing and when you shift it slams up or down hard.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1241739 posted 02/23/18 01:57 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Go lay under the car and grab the driveshaft and push it real hard up and down to see if it clunks.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1241740 posted 02/23/18 02:08 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Will do, Ill probably take it over to my grandpas house tomorrow and pull it over his pit(he has a pit he built for working on cars) to check everything out underneath it. Is there a go to place for getting driveshafts rebuilt? Or just find someone local?

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1241741 posted 02/23/18 02:10 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Whoops, didnt see the post about the carrier bearing. That would make sense.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1241743 posted 02/23/18 02:26 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Jnztuning.com for driveshaft rebuild kit. There like 380 or something, but we'll worth it.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1241752 posted 02/24/18 10:33 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
i also just noticed, you have extra drill holes in your strut towers, so if you ever decide to upgrade your suspension the front is already set up for EVO8/9 front top hats, then you need 2mm shims on each side of the knuckle and 3sx actually makes an adapter for the bottom of the rears. super easy and relatively inexpensive, amazing upgrade for the car. i have personally had them myself and if it weren't for the decision to use coilovers i would still be running the EVO8 MR bilstiens and swift lowering springs.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1241753 posted 02/24/18 10:54 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Awesome! thanks for the tip! Suspension will be on my list after I get it to where I feel safe driving it. I did try to start it today and noticed the battery was dead. I believe due to the radio, as it is not set up right and I guess turns on and off when it wants, and I also believe this is part of the culprit as well as when I got in this was on. I am not sure what it is as it just seems to flash random numbers. I THINK its part of the after market hands free set(notice the little mic on steering wheel) but not positive. Any ideads?

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1241763 posted 02/25/18 09:53 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
i think i have an idea of what it may be, but i could be wrong, what does it max out to? .999 ? im thinking its an old school narrowband gauge that reads 0-1 volts. if you look under the passenger side glove box there is a gold box with a wiring harness attached, there should be a free wire attached to the clump of wires with a a single male spade connector, that would have a wire attached to it and feeding that little box... again i could be wrong.

my buddy had a remote start in his car for like 4 years and 1 day it decided that it was going to start to drain his battery nightly. i removed it and the car hasn't had a charging issue since.

here is a picture, best i could find.




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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1241768 posted 02/26/18 11:24 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
Thanks for the tip, I will see if I can get my fat head under there tonight and take a peak. Im not sure what the numbers max at, I just see it hop around while driving. The guy I got the car from though maybe it was A/F meter but wasnt sure.

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