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2000 AWD Xploder from Turbo back to NA

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      That K-seal brand sounds familiar. The one I used the most was Alumiseal, it came as a powder in a small clear tube, silver is the normal version.
       
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      I read a number of reviews and even posts on this forum and everyone said it worked great, sealed the leak(s), and no adverse effects. Ordered a bottle of it off Amazon and will see how it goes this weekend. It seems you are to pour it in (it's a small 8oz mini-jug), run the car for around 45 min to an hr.. and then let it sit for a few days.
       
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      I hope it works, good products are great to find, and the more the better. I was searching a while ago, and discovered a Lubegard coolant additive I didn't know about. I liked the sound of it, and ordered one along with an "Add-on item"m my favorite dental floss.

      I recommend this if you need any floss, best stuff and great price. In store it used to be $3ish before the name change, I haven't bought it in store for over a year.
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      Check for coolant along the top of the oil pan to block rim. This is the path coolant takes from the timing cover area to the rear-
      Hoses new? The smaller elbow hose sometimes develops a leak to the rear , inside the elbow area. You can see it spray when the engine is revved. This leak will also travel along the oil pan lip
       
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      Hmmm.

      All of the hoses that I am aware of are new... Upper and lower radiator, the small t-stat elbow hose, the entire metal tube setup that runs on the top of the valve cover to the heater core hoses, which are both also new, and the heater core valve thing is also new.

      Which smaller elbow hose are you talking about?

      Thank you! :D
       
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      Ahh, then yes, that one is good.. Not leaking.
       
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      K-Seal works. I used it to stop a timing cover leak once. Then it started leaking again after I back flushed it with the engine running. Doh!

      Are you sure it's not from when you replaced the heater tube? Forget to a tighten a hose from the tube to the core?
       
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      Triple checked that entire area and found no leaks from any of the connections from the tube on either end.
       
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      Perhaps it's simply that I am cursed :D lol
       
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      Put in the K-Seal Friday (last week) and ran it for about an hour (mix of idling and driving it around) and let it sit for 2 days. Have not had a drop of anything leaking since (so far, lol).

      Picked up a new to me (used) 2017 WRX limited 6 speed yesterday. Now to sell my SVT Focus lol :D

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      Ditto, those are fun cars I hear, a coworker bought a red one last year.
       
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      Thanks!! Trying to get use to a different clutch after driving my SVT focus manual transmission for 15+ years is a bit weird lol.
       
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      A few things I need to address on the WRX like a tad bit of rust under the hood on a couple bolts...

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      I read that some IronX paste maybe can help with the rust and then a good cleaning (simple green for automotive) and a light coating of WD40 to help keep it from returning.. and maybe wd40 for the aluminum?
       
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      Xploder seems to still be leak free and driving strong... still need to swap in new transmission fluid to hopefully address some shuddering when it shifts under low acceleration (shifts fine if I'm punching it). Also still need a new windshield and the plastic wiper hood vent piece and some other odds and ends :D

      Have been messing with the WRX over the past few weeks... added a Cobb Accessport stage 1 OTS and have a Cobb big sf intake to install as well as a short throw shifter and shift stop.

      Still need to get the SVT focus up and running again as well, blah. Has been raining a ton and it's been COLD out :-/
       
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      Still need to get around to installing my driver side window motor when the weather acts right :D
       
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      Not much has changed. Driving the Xploder a day or 2 each week and when it's nasty out (supposed to get ice/snow tomorrow so will be driving it tomorrow if I have to go into work).

      Have someone coming to possibly buy my old SVT focus Saturday.

      Xploder has been driving nicely. Once I sell the SVT focus I'll be buying some AMSOIL transmission fluid and draining and filling the Xploder.

      Will just dropping the pan, draining the fluid, and also draining it from the converter (pop the plug), and filling it be good.. or should I try to flush it through the cooler lines or something (if that works?)

      I also plan to change my front and rear diff and transmission (shares with front diff) on the WRX with AMSOIL sd gear oil.

      Installed my Cobb big sd intake on the WRX a few weeks ago as well... Not to difficult and looks great (and sounds awesome) :D
       
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      You'll do great with just draining the pan and TC. The only fluid you can't get out will be up in the VB and above. It'll likely be about 10+ quarts, the total being a little over 12 if you dropped the VB.

      Check on the WRX trans and diff, for the right fluid, the typical gear oil is too thick for a trans. Amsoil might have the right fluid needed, but start with the recommendation from the manual.

      I hope the snow/rain/ice isn't bad tomorrow night. I had my snow tires on one day and took them off. I don't want to do it again so soon. I did buy new snow tires, Nokian studded, but I didn't have 17" wheels yet. I just got a used set, and half cleaned them today. I might try to get them mounted tomorrow if I can, I like to get the road force balance done on bigger or nicer wheels/tires. So Ted Russell will get my call to see how busy they are. Stay warm.
       
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      Yeah.. the WRX takes 75w90 and a lot of people seem to say it does quite well so that is what I'll run with.

      For the Xploder I will probably go with AMSOIL OE Multi-Vehicle Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid and if I can swap out about 10qts without needing to do more than just draining the pan and tc I will be happy with that though I did see the capacity is something like almost 14 quarts total.

      Thanks and enjoy the snow/ice! ;) lol
       
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      Don't forget the trans filter too, those should be done with fluid.
       
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      Ahh, yes. Def will be replacing it, thanks!: D
       
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      The Amsoil ATF is available in a 10 quart size, 2.5 gallons. I've bought those twice before, but it is easier to pour out of the gallon size. That big size is about the only savings there is, usually the quarts are about as good as the bulk sizes.
       
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      Truck still seems to be running well... Haven't seen any more coolant leaks.

      Plan to do the transmission fluid soon, maybe in 2 weeks or so.. kind of waiting on some nicer weather :D

      Do notice a split second of a belt chirp/squeak when I first start the truck up when cold out but sound goes away as soon as the truck fully turns over and fires up. Don't think that is of any concern?
       
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      Just maybe,

      Try this. Grab a 1/4" drive 5.5mm socket, a 1/4" swivel, and long extension. 12" or greater is better.

      This will get you into the cam sensor to remove just the cap. Use a syringe with a little trans fluid ( marvels oil is better) and squirt some under the rotating piece. Slowly. Stop when you see it run out the weep hole of the synch unit. Wipe up the little mess, let it soak in a while, and see if the chirp goes away on start up. If it does I'd run it like that.
       

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