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southpoleman69
08-04-2009, 03:36 PM
My friend just picked up a 02 wrx, all stock. had 117000 on it. sunday he had to get the cv boot fixed. his turbo doesnt spool, at all. :p: so he went to subaru and they said it doesnt spool because he doesnt have the master key, only the valet key. then he went to his uncle who is a mechanic who said his turbos fine, that it spools. imo, the uncles an idiot, it doesnt spool at all. another friend of mine claims its not even the turbo, just the housing. anybody got any ideas on why his car is doin this other than its from jersey?

dman4486
08-04-2009, 03:38 PM
maybe you should take some pics and vids....then get back with us.

fasfocus00
08-04-2009, 03:39 PM
too many possibilities to say. if the dealership says it's the key than I'd go with that. I do know that some companies do have a valet key that shuts off certain things and engauges a very low speed limiter.

dman4486
08-04-2009, 03:41 PM
pretty sure Subaru's valet key is grey though....check that.

the other issue may be someone having fucked with the wastegate and or actuator.

Hii Im Justin
08-04-2009, 03:42 PM
on my audi with the valet key, it wont let u go faster than 30mph and yes it can control the boost as its electric on wrx's

k_schutte
08-04-2009, 03:42 PM
N/m

KyleBechtold
08-04-2009, 03:46 PM
what makes you say its not spooling? have you looked under the hood?

dman4486
08-04-2009, 03:49 PM
what makes you say its not spooling? have you looked under the hood?

Lawl....your sigquote is hilarious

KyleBechtold
08-04-2009, 03:51 PM
Lawl....your sigquote is hilarious

ya its old news i only keep it since he has a shop..

dman4486
08-04-2009, 03:52 PM
ya its old news i only keep it since he has a shop..

:omg: dude runs a shop and comes up with **** like that!? what a tool

KyleBechtold
08-04-2009, 03:55 PM
:omg: dude runs a shop and comes up with **** like that!? what a tool

thats what i am saying lol.. so i keep it for that reason alone

southpoleman69
08-04-2009, 04:22 PM
ok to answer some of the ?'s.

Ive been under the hood and had him get on it, no spooling, no blow off. Ive been in his car, doesnt even pull. ive been in stock wrxs before to be able to compare them

Next, my friends 01 protege, with a intake beat this kid in a race, thatd shouldnt happen, at all.

I told him the same thing, because he went to subaru, and the first thing they asked to was c his key, and siad ur turbo doesnt spool because you dont have the valet key. Im telling him go with that, i think subaru would know more about the car, than a mechanic, just my thoughts. He is insisting it cant be that, but it makes sense since his **** key doesnt open the trunk.

dman4486
08-04-2009, 04:25 PM
"makes sense because it doesn't open the trunk":rolleyes:

the reason it does not open the trunk is because of the cut.

does the key have a chip? if it does not, then most likely it is something else.

how about those pics and vids?

johndoe1234
08-04-2009, 04:25 PM
ok to answer some of the ?'s.

Ive been under the hood and had him get on it, no spooling, no blow off. Ive been in his car, doesnt even pull. ive been in stock wrxs before to be able to compare them

Next, my friends 01 protege, with a intake beat this kid in a race, thatd shouldnt happen, at all.

I told him the same thing, because he went to subaru, and the first thing they asked to was c his key, and siad ur turbo doesnt spool because you dont have the valet key. Im telling him go with that, i think subaru would know more about the car, than a mechanic, just my thoughts. He is insisting it cant be that, but it makes sense since his **** key doesnt open the trunk.
Yeah it the key... If it doesnt open the trunk then its the valet key

southpoleman69
08-04-2009, 04:32 PM
thats what i mean about it makes sense because it wont open the trunk. i was always under the impression valet key makes car run the way it should, and opens trunk and doors.

the key hes using doesnt do that.

Ill get pics and vids when he gets off work

l7runner
08-04-2009, 04:39 PM
Can't he just get a new key from the dealership? They can usually just run the VIN and get one to you

southpoleman69
08-04-2009, 04:44 PM
He talked to the guy that sold it to him at the place he bought it and from he said the guy refuses. says its not his problem

ejschultz
08-04-2009, 04:45 PM
It sounds like a valet key issue. I'd pay the dealership to cut a new regular key for the car. It'll probably be like $40 plus for it but it beats having no turbo. Valet keys are cut slightly differently than a regular key. The ignition and doors on the car are made to accept either key. The ignition will shut down some features if the valet key is recognized. The trunk lock is made to only recognize the regular key for the car. This is for the safety of your belongings in the trunk.

ejschultz
08-04-2009, 04:46 PM
He talked to the guy that sold it to him at the place he bought it and from he said the guy refuses. says its not his problem

I'd throw a brick through the windshield of the most expensive car on the lot and tell him "Now it is your problem, mother f*cker."

southpoleman69
08-04-2009, 04:55 PM
I'd throw a brick through the windshield of the most expensive car on the lot and tell him "Now it is your problem, mother f*cker."


LOL thats actually exactly what i said lol

But yeah he went to subaru and they said itd probably be around 100 bux for it to be cut. he just wanted to make sure it was the right thing, which i think it is

TimtheAxe
08-04-2009, 04:57 PM
Definitely the key.

Tell him to sue the seller.

Hii Im Justin
08-04-2009, 05:14 PM
could be a boost leak too, the smallest crack in a cupler or anything will cause it not to boost

ejschultz
08-04-2009, 05:19 PM
could be a boost leak too, the smallest crack in a cupler or anything will cause it not to boost

Well, because the dealership said it's the key and the key he's using doesn't open the trunk, his best bet would be to try a new, regular key. This is most likely the issue.

ejschultz
08-04-2009, 05:21 PM
LOL thats actually exactly what i said lol

But yeah he went to subaru and they said itd probably be around 100 bux for it to be cut. he just wanted to make sure it was the right thing, which i think it is

$100 is a little high for a key, most are around $40 to $60. Still, if he wants to get that turbo to spool, it's worth the $100. I would tell the guy that owns the lot that you're getting a lawyer because he didn't give you the regular key with the car. See if your buddy can get the dealership to pay for the key. Have him say his dad's a lawyer or something. That usually scares the **** out of people and he'll probably get the money for the key. It's worth a try.

Hii Im Justin
08-04-2009, 05:23 PM
like i said before, my audi wouldn't boost with the valet key and wouldn't go over 30mph

southpoleman69
08-04-2009, 05:35 PM
$100 is a little high for a key, most are around $40 to $60. Still, if he wants to get that turbo to spool, it's worth the $100. I would tell the guy that owns the lot that you're getting a lawyer because he didn't give you the regular key with the car. See if your buddy can get the dealership to pay for the key. Have him say his dad's a lawyer or something. That usually scares the **** out of people and he'll probably get the money for the key. It's worth a try.

Lol i think im gonna have him do that. see where it gets him

audioatg
08-04-2009, 06:16 PM
$100 is a little high for a key, most are around $40 to $60. Still, if he wants to get that turbo to spool, it's worth the $100. I would tell the guy that owns the lot that you're getting a lawyer because he didn't give you the regular key with the car. See if your buddy can get the dealership to pay for the key. Have him say his dad's a lawyer or something. That usually scares the **** out of people and he'll probably get the money for the key. It's worth a try.

Actually a 100 is not that far off for keys of today's cars.

The valet key opens the doors and turns the Ignition to run. It will not open the trunk being it is a valet key.

ejschultz
08-04-2009, 06:41 PM
Actually a 100 is not that far off for keys of today's cars.

The valet key opens the doors and turns the Ignition to run. It will not open the trunk being it is a valet key.

You know what? I was thinking of dealer cost for the keys with no labor. I used to work at a dealership and that's what the key cost the dealership to cut if we lost a key. I've never had to pay retail for a key because either my father or I have worked for a dealership.

EDIT: GM dealership so there's no way I can get a key for a Subaru, nor any car for that matter, I do not work at a dealership anymore and I do not take advantage of my father's job.

ltr450racer690
08-04-2009, 06:44 PM
my 09 legacy gt valet key will not kick the turbo boost on either. i would start there. those boxer engines are bulletproof

southpoleman69
08-05-2009, 04:44 AM
so talked to the dude tonight and passed on the info, turns out we know a guy who works a batteries plus store, and for some reason the can get keys done. so hes going tomorrow, and the key hes getting from this place is about 40 bux instead of 100. overnight shipping so by the end of the wek, hopefully ill have some updae and see if everythings straight

ejschultz
08-05-2009, 09:48 AM
Let us know what's going on with it. I'm curious.

Skip01
08-05-2009, 09:56 AM
Check all ur vacuum lines for leaks or off completely

southpoleman69
08-16-2009, 06:30 PM
just got back from the beach and got hold a the kid. he ordered a key thru batteries plus for 29 bux shipped, with overnight shipping.

needless to say, the turbo spools, and the car is the beast it should be

silvercookie
08-16-2009, 06:33 PM
you can get stock td04's on nasioc.com for less than like 80 bucks shipped.

southpoleman69
08-16-2009, 06:52 PM
you can get stock td04's on nasioc.com for less than like 80 bucks shipped.

his turbos is fine tho, thanks tho ill let him know but im sure hes happy with what he has for right now