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i just bought a '03 WRx with 83,000 miles. i was driving it with a friend. showing him what it has stock. when i hit 60 the check engine light came on.:unhappy: i pulled over to check it out. Carbon from the exhaust was a lot stronger in the smell. it was idling a lot ruffer than normal.
could this be a timing sensor? i just want to get it fixed asap so i can stop taking my sisters car.
please get back to me with help and answers.
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What code is stored in the ECU? This would be my starting point
 

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Could be a lot of things. Get the code read and then get back to us.
 

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i took it back into the dealership and they said it was water in the second cylinder from when they power washed it. but could that mean a bad head gasket that would allow the water to get in it?
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i took it back into the dealership and they said it was water in the second cylinder from when they power washed it. but could that mean a bad head gasket that would allow the water to get in it?
thanks for the help.
They lied to you, there is no way that is the problem. I would get a second opinion
 

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they said thats what the codes said. something wrong with cylinder 2. then they checked it out and came to that conclusion. im going to let them "fix" that. then if i feel its still messed up ill take it to another place. got to remember im on a high schools budget. ha.
 

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What did the CEL read?
This. This is the one and only starting point. Get the code read and then come back and we will be more able to help you.
 

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they said thats what the codes said. something wrong with cylinder 2. then they checked it out and came to that conclusion. im going to let them "fix" that. then if i feel its still messed up ill take it to another place. got to remember im on a high schools budget. ha.
Water in the cylinder would do 1 of 2 things. Best case, misfire constantly. Worst case, hydrolock your motor. I would rule water completely out. It could be anything from a fouled plug, blown ringland, bad coil pack to bad gas. I'm assuming you didnt buy it from a Subaru dealership.
 

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Water in the cylinder would do 1 of 2 things. Best case, misfire constantly. Worst case, hydrolock your motor. I would rule water completely out. It could be anything from a fouled plug, blown ringland, bad coil pack to bad gas. I'm assuming you didnt buy it from a Subaru dealership.
your right, i bought it from the dealership my dad works at. got a good deal on it. thats why i did it.
 

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they never told me. all i was told is that it was water in cylinder 2. they said they were going to fix it all.
Coolant (water) is totally possible, but power washer water is impossible. If it is coolant, blown head gaskets are not uncommon and if they're willing to fix it, that's great
 

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Coolant (water) is totally possible, but power washer water is impossible. If it is coolant, blown head gaskets are not uncommon and if they're willing to fix it, that's great
yea thats what my buddy who owns a Legacy GT said it could be the gaskets. he knows the motor inside and out. yea my dad worked it out with them. good thing he is high up on the latter there. ha
 

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Coolant (water) is totally possible, but power washer water is impossible. If it is coolant, blown head gaskets are not uncommon and if they're willing to fix it, that's great
If it's leaking enough coolant into the cylinders where you can, without a doubt, tell there is coolant in there, you got bigger problems than a head gasket.
 

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Without a code there's absolutely nothing anybody here can tell you.
 

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