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This is a discussion on Knocking/Rattling Mystery Noise in 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Originally Posted by RubyBliss I'm new to posting on a forum, but does this happen a lot...threads get hijacked because ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubyBliss View Post
    I'm new to posting on a forum, but does this happen a lot...threads get hijacked because two people have a disagreement? I just was looking for honest advice about my car.
    Definitely. Don't mind these guys, they argue a lot.

    Back to your thread. Your motor sounds like it's toast. It stalled when it was chewing up one of your little rod bearings. Save your pennies for an engine. I may be wrong. It's happened once or twice. Take it to a specialist and let him listen to it in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubyBliss View Post
    Yes, there is oil pressure. No rise in temperature. The engine light is not on and never did come on. There was nothing to indicate any sort of problem until the stall at the red light and then the ensuing noise.
    The stall worries me. I don't see how a timing belt tensioner could cause it. I'd recommend a local specialist look at the car. If it's just something under the front cover, great; you can have everything changed for less than a grand. If it's not though it could be in the motor, at which point you should post back with an estimate from the shop for a rebuild vs. remove/replace with a used motor.

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    I'm new to posting on a forum, but does this happen a lot...threads get hijacked because two people have a disagreement? I just was looking for honest advice about my car.
    Only once in a while. It's a good site, I think you will enjoy it.
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    I was told by a friend to take it down to Cobb Tuning Surgeline in PDX for them to take a look at it. I know they know what they are doing, but I hestitate getting sold on stuff that doesn't need to be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubyBliss View Post
    I was told by a friend to take it down to Cobb Tuning Surgeline in PDX for them to take a look at it. I know they know what they are doing, but I hestitate getting sold on stuff that doesn't need to be done.
    A correct diagnosis will save you money in the long run. The worst case scenario is someone says something like "you need a tensioner" when it's the bottom end of the motor, or "you need a motor" when it's a tensioner. The bets in this thread are toward the motor at this stage, and it would be to your benefit to get a valid, correct local diagnosis before proceeding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    A correct diagnosis will save you money in the long run. The worst case scenario is someone says something like "you need a tensioner" when it's the bottom end of the motor, or "you need a motor" when it's a tensioner. The bets in this thread are toward the motor at this stage, and it would be to your benefit to get a valid, correct local diagnosis before proceeding.
    This makes me a very sad bear. I find it so hard to see why it would just spin a rod when it's babied. Why did I desrve this?! Grrr.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    A correct diagnosis will save you money in the long run. The worst case scenario is someone says something like "you need a tensioner" when it's the bottom end of the motor, or "you need a motor" when it's a tensioner. The bets in this thread are toward the motor at this stage, and it would be to your benefit to get a valid, correct local diagnosis before proceeding.
    This. Let an experienced Subaru mechanic get under the hood with a stethoscope. He/she will be able to tell you whether the sound is from the heads, pulleys, or bottom end. It's very difficult to troubleshoot over a youtube video: a lot of things can "sound" like a spun bearing. And if it is, you can thank Subaru's poor oil channel design.

    Quote Originally Posted by RubyBliss View Post
    I'm new to posting on a forum, but does this happen a lot...threads get hijacked because two people have a disagreement? I just was looking for honest advice about my car.
    sorry, just go with the flow... no disrespect intended
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    First, let's verify that's what happened. If and only if that is the case, I'd suspect an oil supply issue. One step at a time. Let us know what the diagnosis is, and people will advise on what's the most frugal way to deal with it based on their own experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    This. Let an experienced Subaru mechanic get under the hood with a stethoscope. He/she will be able to tell you whether the sound is from the heads, pulleys, or bottom end. It's very difficult to troubleshoot over a youtube video: a lot of things can "sound" like a spun bearing. And if it is, you can thank Subaru's poor oil channel design.


    sorry, just go with the flow... no disrespect intended

    Will take it in ASAP. Calling AAA so we don't do anymore damage* than what's been done already. Also, I appreciate the throwing in the "she" part in reference to the mechanic.

    *Hypothetically speaking if there really is any real damage. Let's hope there isn't!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    First, let's verify that's what happened. If and only if that is the case, I'd suspect an oil supply issue. One step at a time. Let us know what the diagnosis is, and people will advise on what's the most frugal way to deal with it based on their own experience.
    Will do. I appreciate the support!

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    Good luck with the car. Definitely needs a look from an engine guy.

    Why do you change your oil so often? 3000k miles or 3 months is a very short time period and you're just throwing money down the drain.
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    ** Oh, I'd also send in some oil for an oil analysis. In most cases, a spun bearing can also be identified from an oil analysis. I'm surprised a neodymium magnet didn't pick up any metal shavings in the oil
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    It's on its way to the shop. We couldn't get in till this morning. Keeping positive it's something minor. I've just never seen it on a bed before and it looks so sad.

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