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    Broken turbo?

    I started driving home from work today and my '04 WRX started making a horrible rattling sound when I revved the engine over ~2k rpm or so. As I got to the stoplight on the offramp my engine died and the check engine light came on. I was able to get it started back up and I pulled off to the side of the road and opened the hood. The heat shield on the turbo was rattling like crazy and the engine was rocking more than usual. I have read other peoples problems with turbo rattling and it being one thing or another but didn't come across anyone else whose engine actually stopped because of the rattling.

    I got the car towed to my mechanic who will look at it tomorrow but I was hoping someone on here might have an idea as to what is going on so I can give the mechanic a heads up. Any help / knowledge would be appreciated. Car has ~135k miles on it and has been running great, just changed my oil last week.

    Thanks for looking!

    Dan

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    ^^^ What he said. Need the code.

    It definitely sounds like the turbo is a possibility, but there's a lot of other things it could be too.
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    Once you know what the code is maybe you'll have a better idea what's going on and of course see what the mechanic says

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    Hmm...I wouldn't expect a blown turbo to cause an engine to shut down...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Hmm...I wouldn't expect a blown turbo to cause an engine to shut down...
    It made mine shut down!
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    Just got a call from the mechanic. Code is P0303 - cylinder 3 misfire....
    Says I will likely need an engine rebuild and got a number for a Subaru specialist.
    If that is the case I am tempted to just part it out and buy a BRZ.

    Thoughts?

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    I'd fix the misfire first. Either that or I'll take it lol. Seriously, it could be as simple as a coil pack, or maybe the plug just fell off. Running on three cylinders would make it jump and rattle like you say.
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    So I got a diagnosis. Severe rod knock. Ended up selling the WRX and bought a BRZ

    Hope this helps anyone else with a similar problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan_k View Post
    So I got a diagnosis. Severe rod knock. Ended up selling the WRX and bought a BRZ

    Hope this helps anyone else with a similar problem.
    Hahaha anytime you lose power, sell WRX, buy BRZ! Problem solved

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    Sorry to hear it. I was hoping it would be something easy. A BRZ would be nice though!

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    Re: Broken turbo?

    Quote Originally Posted by dan_k View Post
    I started driving home from work today and my '04 WRX started making a horrible rattling sound when I revved the engine over ~2k rpm or so. As I got to the stoplight on the offramp my engine died and the check engine light came on. I was able to get it started back up and I pulled off to the side of the road and opened the hood. The heat shield on the turbo was rattling like crazy and the engine was rocking more than usual. I have read other peoples problems with turbo rattling and it being one thing or another but didn't come across anyone else whose engine actually stopped because of the rattling.

    I got the car towed to my mechanic who will look at it tomorrow but I was hoping someone on here might have an idea as to what is going on so I can give the mechanic a heads up. Any help / knowledge would be appreciated. Car has ~135k miles on it and has been running great, just changed my oil last week.

    Thanks for looking!

    Dan
    Damn, my 05 is 88 miles away from 136k.... better order my cherry red BRZ today =P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Hahaha anytime you lose power, sell WRX, buy BRZ! Problem solved

    Give us pics of BRZ!!! Start a new thread!!!
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    Damn she's pretty! So your engine blowing in the WRX was a blessing in disguise

    Congrats man!
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