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Old 08-29-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
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Default 1994 legacy ej22 engine tick!

I recently spent days removing the head gaskets on my 1994 Subaru legacy with 233, 000 miles on it I got the heads boured and resurfaced and put everything back together. I replaced the water pump, timing belt and changed oil now I seem to have a fairly decent engine tick. What could it be? Bad valves? Seals? Please help this is my only car and I've been without it for almost a week now.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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timing might be off slightly
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:45 AM   #3
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The early EJ22Es run hydraulic lash adjusters (HLAs) which is probably the source of your ticking.

What weight/brand of oil are you using?
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:42 PM   #4
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+1, probably a collapsed HLA. You'll need to pull the valve covers and figure out which one it is an bleed it. I'm sure there is a writeup somewhere, it's not too bad a job.

Might also want to verify the tensioner is good, not sure if it's common on that gen for them to go bad.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:19 PM   #5
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Definitely a HLA, especially if they were allowed to drain out while the heads were off. The tensioners on those never fail (old school piston type)
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:10 PM   #6
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Definitely a HLA, especially if they were allowed to drain out while the heads were off. The tensioners on those never fail (old school piston type)
The problem was the timing belt tensioner allowed the timing belt to jump but I adjusted it and she now runs great thanks for the heads up!
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