This is a discussion on 02 Outback ticking when engine under load within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; So I drove my sisters outback today and right away I noticed a ticking sound coming from the engine. Here ...
So I drove my sisters outback today and right away I noticed a ticking sound coming from the engine. Here is what I know so far.
02 Outback, bone stock, 87 octane, automatic
Idling, coasting, holding a steady RPM in Neutral, put it in third and coast - no sound
When I give it some gas it starts clicking, it seems like the more engine load the louder it is.
I can't think of what it would be. If it was something in the engine, it would be happening when it is coasting. Something in the drivetrain would make the sound when I force it into third.
Any ideas? BTW, this might be hard to troubleshoot since I won't be down here for long.
The problem got worse and it was clicking all the time. I climbed under while it was running and felt hot exhaust blowing on my face. Right under the driver, the screw that holds the heat shield onto the exhaust header was gone. So it was leaking out a lot of exhaust and the heat shield was rattling.
Last edited by Ryouko; 06-03-2012 at 10:57 AM. Reason: problem solved. Posted solution