Hey folks, I'm new to the board, but have been surfing it for awhile and it's been extremely helpful.
* 2004 WRX,
* 59000km when I bought it - now at 86,000km one year later.
* No modifications to engine/performance to date.
* No major work done prior to my ownership.
* No major work done since (she's been a sweet ride).
About two weeks prior, I got an oil change, and transmission oil changed as well. There has been small amounts of residual dripping ever since, but they warned me that this might be an issue for a week or so.
A couple days ago, my car started making a racket. Not your traditional belt squeal, but a combination of belt squeal and metallic scraping.
Yesterday, I brought my car in to get my summer rubber switched out for winter rubber. I went to the cr@ppy garage up by my house in the north of Calgary because they do an "ok" tire job for a decent price. Also asked them to have a peak under the hood for an hour and identify if it was a "simple" belt issue or maybe the timing belt.
Being a crappy garage, they couldn't access the timing belt, I guess you need the proper tools for this. They tried to charge me for an hours work with no results, I told them where to go.
Drove the car 5 minutes to my house and had smoke coming out of the engine bay. Cracked the hood and it looks to be coming from below the timing belt area that they said they couldn't access.
Thought that maybe they had used some oil or grease to help them get access to some engine components but I ran the car at idle for like 5 min and never got any smoke.
Tried to drive down to the subaru garage this morning and I got the smoke again.
Basically, I'm worried that my timing belt is gonna fail while I'm driving down one of the busiest roads in the city, ruining my engine and doing god knows what to the people in the cars behind me.
I brought it back to the crappy garage, a few minutes up the road to give me some closure on what the h*ll they actually did under the hood.
Sorry this is so long winded but I'm p*ssed off at sub par service.
Anyone with any ideas?