Please, please, help!
Long story short is, I bought a 2011 WRX that got in a collision where the frame crushed the timing belt covers. The guy who worked on my car said that the timing belt had 2-3 teeth shredded. He said the PSi on the cylinders was 130+ Psi, and he may be concerned about the engine... but I decided to take it home anyway.
After I got all frame work done, and new timing belt and covers... I started it up. I've never owned a WRX before, so I don't know if my engine is shot, or if the WRX is suppose to sound like this.. but It's a consistent ticking noise..
It idles at 1500 rpms, right at startup. Than it starts slowly dropping to 500-700rpms and starts to sound like it's gonna stall out. I also live in new york, and it's 20 degrees outside..and my car hasn't started probably in 5 months... When I rev it up, the ticking noise gets faster and doesn't seem louder. But reving it up doesn't make it sound like a "Growl" in the exhaust, it makes it sound like a honda civic...but when it goes back to idle, it has that growl sound to it. Also, the car started to shake when reving it a little at 2500rpms.
Please help, what should I look for? Maybe a tensioner? Maybe it's normal? Maybe I'm just a first Subaru owner.. or what?
I been researching like crazy, and I keep seeing that it's either... normal... or bent valve play.. or a spun rod bearing.
Here's a video of it..