Hey all, I'm back with a video this time.
2002 Subaru Impreza WRX cold start - YouTube
This is a cold start at about 50 degrees F.
Recently, I've noticed a ticking noise that is a lot more audible that it used to be. When I bought the car, there was a ticking on the drivers side head area, now it's from both sides of the motor. I do believe I hear an exhaust leak too when it's colder out, as I heard one last night when I took a ride to McDonalds in ~30 degree temperatures. The valve tick is also louder during those temperature parameters.
Any insight on this noise is very much appreciated to help put me at ease about my motor not blowing up. I don't hear a rod knock, so I don't believe anything catastrophic is going to happen soon. I need this car to last me until Feb 2013 when I graduate from college, so I've been easy on it. I just wanted to see if these noises were out of place and I should be weary about driving the 1400 miles round trip back home for Thanksgiving and soon Christmas.
Thank you very much,