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This is a discussion on Seeking for engine advice within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; So I recently bought a 2002 wrx sedan with 148k it was running fine up until 4 days later I ...

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    Seeking for engine advice

    So I recently bought a 2002 wrx sedan with 148k it was running fine up until 4 days later I heard the knocking on my engine, check my oil it was full, it's bone stock except for a aftermarket blow off valve. I live in the Bay Area east bay I was wondering if anyone can help me what's the best thing to do now I'm on a budget, I appreciate it for your time

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    Any CELs?

    Get a compression test done.
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    No cels yet I'll try posting the video later on that I took yesterday to see and hear what's going on

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    worst comes to worst, you can find a used stock short block somewhere for $700 and swap it in (labor will be $1000+ if you can't do it or don't have a hookup).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    worst comes to worst, you can find a used stock short block somewhere for $700 and swap it in (labor will be $1000+ if you can't do it or don't have a hookup).
    I finally got around to upload the video in pretty sure I have a rod knock going on
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    I fixed the video link for you

    I would take the car to a mechanic and have the mechanic use a stethoscope to determine the exact location of the noise, but I can tell you it sounds a LOT like rod knock. Sadly, bearing failure is likely. In the interim, I would drain all your oil and look for chunks of metal (especially on the drain plug).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Get a compression test done.
    I'm not sure what you'd expect to see with a compression test... a motor could have complete bearing failure but still hold compression just fine
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    I'm not sure what you'd expect to see with a compression test... a motor could have complete bearing failure but still hold compression just fine

    Thanks a lot for helping me with the video link and the advice today a mechanic is going to come by and check it out I'll keep you posted to what the mechanic says

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    So update on the car it is a rod knock, is there a website where I can get a short block? I'm a college student so I'm in a budget, I found an engine in Craigslist but I was looking for something that has some kind of warranty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theiggy23 View Post
    So update on the car it is a rod knock, is there a website where I can get a short block? I'm a college student so I'm in a budget, I found an engine in Craigslist but I was looking for something that has some kind of warranty
    You could have the motor built. The builder my warranty the motor for a short time. Aside from that, you'd have to pay top dollar for an OEM piece with a warranty.
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    Hey zax so I have been looking around for a block I came across one and I was wondering if it would work its a 2005 sti short block, I have a 2002 bug eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theiggy23 View Post
    Hey zax so I have been looking around for a block I came across one and I was wondering if it would work its a 2005 sti short block, I have a 2002 bug eye
    Yes, the short block will work.

    You will need head gasket spacers or volume-matched heads to keep the compression ratio reasonable when bolted to your EJ205 heads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Yes, the short block will work.

    You will need head gasket spacers or volume-matched heads to keep the compression ratio reasonable when bolted to your EJ205 heads.

    Would I need to special order that? Still a newbie to the subaru if so would I have to order saying the 05 sti block or the 02 wrx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theiggy23 View Post
    Would I need to special order that? Still a newbie to the subaru if so would I have to order saying the 05 sti block or the 02 wrx
    I don't understand your question. No, Subaru does not offer any of this since it's not a warrantied product.
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    Haha sorry about that I just re read what I wrote and I said it completely wrong, so my only options is to machine the heads or run the sti oem headers right?

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