In Reply to: Re: probably :) posted by justin on December 21, 1999 at 15:50:09:
There you go! Start with a screw in type compression tester. Or get your friends to chip in on one so you can share it.
Be extra careful with the threads on the plug holes. Aluminum strips easy. What you do with a tester is check for leakage during the compression stroke for ea. cylinder then, compare the readings (in psi.) A good engine will run over 100psi. what you want though, is even compression. IMHO, If you are asking the question chances are really good it might be better for you to get more experience working on cars and, find someone who will do this for you.
These cars are cheap to run if you can do good work yourself. If you want to pay to have it worked on, it is a different story.
That aside, get a non biased professional mechanic to check it out. That is where your dad can participate. My old man used to steer me clear of the lemons.
The restoration book is great buy too. Nothin beats an old junkyard full of 2002's and their parts and time to paw through it all. But, those opportunities are gettin a little rare.
Middle of the week sittin around at 2002AD years ago was a good, fun, basic education in these cars for me.
Good people own these cars and, they will try to help, given a chance.
Good luck, whatever you do.