Ok, so my car has had quite a few problems recently that I've just kind of let go and things came to a head today... I need some people who know something about cars. I've been religious about changing my oil every 3000 miles (currently 1000 miles since my last one, and I put it an extra half quart a week ago). My coolant used to leak, I kind of rigged it and it's worked ever since... I put a cup in the other day and after five minutes of running it was below the full line. I drive a 96 Subaru Impreza.
They make a weird, grinding noise every four or five times I press on them. If I let off the brakes and then press them again, it goes away. I think it's the ABS, but I'm not sure. Anyone know? Anyone know about how much whatever it is costs? Would it be better just to disconnect the ABS system (if that's the problem?)
I know this thing is shot, but I'm going to explain what's wrong with it because maybe (hopefully) it's causing some of the other problems as I'm getting it replaced Monday. Basically, it's been soft as shit since I've owned it, But what's recently been happening is if I press the gas down past a certain point I'll gain RPMs like mad, completely randomly. For example, I do around 2500 RPM at 45mph in 4th gear normally, but if I press down on the gas much past halfway it shoots up to 3000-3500 and stays there until I let off the gas. So that's that, the clutch is sticking, I just need to know if this applies to the following problem.
- Engine Temperature
The other day I saw my temperature spike and return to normal. It started running hot whenever I was doing "abnormal" driving, such as keeping it in 1st gear for extended periods in heavy traffic. Today when I drove it, the temperature started to climb... then went right past halfway where it usually sits and went straight into the red zone and stayed there. I also noticed that my car was only blowing cold air when I turned the heat on, even though the car had obviously been running long enough to get warm air going. My hope is that when the clutch sticks and I gain RPM like I explained earlier, I'm flooding the engine a little and so by the time the car warms up, it's been fed enough extra fuel and whatever else happens when the clutch sticks to overheat it. But I honestly have no idea. It was dark but the coolant looked like it was where it was supposed to be when I checked it out. My radiator is in great shape, although it is possible the hose leaks where I rigged it.
Thanks much, sorry for the novel...