How to diagnose and repair a Loyale cold start problem?

Asked by Apr 22, 2013 at 01:42 PM about the 1992 Subaru Loyale 4 Dr STD 4WD Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 1992 Loyale engine is turning over on the crank but not catching.  All on the cold start.  It takes 3-5 tries and doesn't seem to want to take fuel, and has low rpms.  Then it shudders when moving out of first gear.  Once it is warmed up, it drives great.  Suggestions?

3 Answers


A good tuneup and check for vacuum leaks.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

also check your compression both cold and warm, if there's a big difference it could be that your cylinder rings or cylinder walls are worn just to the point that when cold they don't seal well but seal fine once they've warmed a bit.


I think that's normal, I've got a 92 Loyale here in Canada, In winter it gets down to -40 here, The trick is when you start cranking pump the gas peddle half way a few times as needed to assist the fuel flow, should do the trick. My car loves to rev close to 3000 rpm in those temps. Also let it warm up for a while too, these engines need to be almost at op temp to run smooth. I can cycle through gears when it's cold but it will hesitate in acceleration and some times stall in first, so just give it time to warm up.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 91 Subaru loyale lifter knocks really bad 5 answers

    Flushed out and knocks when cold stops when hot.

    1991 Subaru Loyale 4 Dr STD 4WD Wagon


    Maintenance & Repair

  • 92 subaru loyale that has a problem shifting gears 1 answer

    92 subaru loyale that has a problem shifting gearsalong with high rpms however it only does this when its hot outside or it gets to hot. never when its cold when i go to work

    1992 Subaru Loyale 4 Dr STD Wagon


    Maintenance & Repair

  • 91 loyale charging problem 6 answers

    alternator went out. have tried 4 different new ones and cannot get proper charge under load. have checked all wires and fuses. charges until you put any kind of load on it then it drops and sometime...

    1991 Subaru Loyale


    Maintenance & Repair

  • is there a secret to timing a 1991 subaru loyale? 5 answers

    I had to change the oil pump seal. now even following the book to the letter I cannto get my 1.8L engine to start. I have spark to each cylinder. Is there a secret? I do not have the fan belts on,...

    1991 Subaru Loyale 4 Dr STD Wagon


    Maintenance & Repair


Looking for a Used Loyale in your area?

CarGurus has 3 nationwide Loyale listings and the tools to find you a great deal.


Search Subaru Loyale Questions

Subaru Loyale Experts

#1 Rowefast
Reputation 250
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 160
#3 Jack Thomas
Jack Thomas
Reputation 110
View All