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    02 WRX Engine problems

    I bought an 02 wrx new and after some aggressive driving (downshift to 2nd near redline) and the engine is knocking (73,000 miles). I don't know if it is a connecting rod, or loose rod bearing or what. I would like to get the engine fixed, but two mechs said I should get another engine. It still runs, and drives. Any advice?

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    What do you mean knocking? Like, it's reading knock via the sensor? If so, where in the RPM/load range?


    And downshift to 2nd near redline.. does that mean you were redlining it in 3rd gear then shifted into 2nd? If that's the case I would suspect you have bent valves.

    You should data log and perform compression and leakdown tests if you think you're having a mechanical issue with the engine.

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    do the the bottom end now. rod bearing & connecting rod are a big deal. crack it open soon save a little money. truly if thats whats wroung. its going to not be cheep. if you do it fast you may save the crank shaft. thats were the money in parts is. i hope you can do some work your self. could save a lot

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