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Old 10 Jan 2007, 07:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Canister Solenoid

Hello there; first and foremost let me explain my... less than delicate situation.

First: I bought this car when I got my license at age 18; since I've received my vehicle my insurance has doubled, and not because of anything I did, just because of the profiling of insurance companies.

Second: I was dumb, (naive if you would) and let some car salesman talk me into buying the vehicle.

Third: I am broke from the incredible ($3700) costing of my insurance premium, and my car payment (3200 a year), maintenance, etc.

Fourth: This is my first post here, so, hello.

Here's the problem. While, I have lurked and seen that there's Car Buffs here, so maybe these (self-proclaimed or actually licensed Subaru mechanics) can help me... I have a malfunctioning Canister Solenoid and have reason to believe that it is actually affecting my MPG on my daily driven Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Coupe (1999)

I live in the USA, Connecticut if you would want to know, and my Subaru has been through a lot of shit. Initially, after I got it, I was rear-ended by a 1991 Pontiac Bonneville and the damage was about (As far as my Insurance company claimed) $1900.

I got a new bumper, taillight and kind of hammered the thing back together myself for about $600.

But, I got hit on the Rear Right side (Passenger area) on the corner of my bumper. That's right where the Carbon Filter Canister is. Here's my problem; recently, my check engine light has come on and is blaming a failing canister solenoid. My question to the car buffs is: Will this be an intricate fix or will I be able to fix this on my own accord at my house? And, secondly, if the right side of my frame was bent in a little near the trunk and lower down towards the canister, is that going to deter my ability to fix this without bending my frame (again, with a hammer)?

I can supply pictures if anyone is really interested in helping me look at this.

Now, I have one more question, this one is much bigger, but easier to explain:

I am VERY interested in a transmission conversion. I bought this car young, wanted a Manual transmission, BUT, there was none to be found in Connecticut. So, I settled with an Automatic and at 45,000 miles (2000 miles after I got it) the transmission failed according to the dealership. After complaining for months I got a new one (not new, but new to me) and now THIS ONE is starting to show the same stuff that I saw happening before. I am worried it will fail, but I can't complain myself to a new one now. So, how hard is it to actually convert a car to a standard transmission?

I know it's a big question, but if anyone can help, please let me know.

Thanks!
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