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This is a discussion on Valvetrain clatter....drivers side. within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; OK, 02 WRX 65K miles..been stock until a month ago. Last night I started hearing a clatter from the drivers ...

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    Unhappy Valvetrain clatter....drivers side.

    OK, 02 WRX 65K miles..been stock until a month ago. Last night I started hearing a clatter from the drivers side head area. It sounds to me like a collapsed lifter would sound in a V8 car. From what I hear my car has the shim on top of the bucket...what is the chance I spit the shim and what I am hearing is the lash in the val;vetrain? Also, I do not hear it till about 2500rpm's....it seems to follow RPM...but does not get louder (not rod or main knock)...


    If I whiped a cam....I might as well get aftermarket....any thoughts on good ones for street car with the upgrade train approaching?

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    hmm. could be a split shim cas i know there was a discussion about it for the 02 wrxs.
    for me, i would go for helix cams and crower valve springs
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    Easy things first: how's your oil level?
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    wow im in the same boat as you, bout to hit 69k miles, about a month ago my motor starting tapping/crunching, took it to subaru, it got warrantied(exntended warranty) for a timing belt tensioner, but theres still a tap..and it really comes on about 2500-4000 from the drivers side head just like yours.. cant tell after that because of engine noise... its just a consistant tap, does not get louder with rpms or anything.. so is this a problem with the 02s? i hate for this shyt to happen to my car... im waiting for my oil change ( coming up in 100 miles) to check for any foreign objects in the oil before it goes back to subaru.. any other ideas out there?
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    I know this is a dead thread, but I thought I would ask here to anyone can follow along to see if my problem is similar.

    got an 02 wrx and until this past weekend things were fine, I parked it at a friends for a few days and when I get back in to leave, it starts a small clatter from what I believe is the front passenger side of the car. The really odd part is it only does it in first gear, only from a dead start, and only uphill. On flat ground there is nothing. I checked the oil of course and it is fine. Any thoughts are where I may start looking and why it is only happening on an incline?
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    still looking for any help with this. It sounds like a clatter sound when I start out from a start, mostly uphill. Not sure if the clutch makes a clattering sound under low rpm load when it is going out? thanks for any replies
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    so this is a normal sound and I shouldn't worry? or just a common problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by perfect8 View Post
    so this is a normal sound and I shouldn't worry? or just a common problem?
    I have a tapping or clicking what ever you want to call it comming from both sides. Driver side is louder than the passenger side. I dont know if its normal but I know I've heard it for quite some time now. I wasn't to sure if I heard it when I first got the car cause I got it while I was on leave from Iraq. But when I came back and payed attention to the engine it seamed to have been there. Hopefully its normal. Haven't had a problem yet. It might go away a bit after a oil change so start with that. If your really worried take it to a mechanic you trust. Thats all I can tell you .

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