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Old 08-23-2007, 02:48 PM   #26
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You can replace shims without having to remove the cams, but you need a $250 special tool to do it.
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Old 08-23-2007, 10:18 PM   #27
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Oh yeah, quick question too...I've put 5 quarts of oil in the engine, but it's still reading low on the dipstick..should i just add more? My guess is yes...

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Did you start it and get the engine up to running temp? Also, your not checking this on an incline are you?

Manual states 4.8qts - so theoretically it should be at the full level.

Oh - stupid question here - did your dipstick seat ALL the way down before being pulled back up and checked?

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Old 08-23-2007, 10:45 PM   #28
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I thought there were special cometic headgaskets you were supposed to use for a hybrid. I know that Axis has them. I don't think that the headgaskets are the noise obviously, but just putting my $.02 out there if you're gonna take it apart, you may wanna' make sure the STi HG's are up to the challenge.
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Old 08-23-2007, 11:20 PM   #29
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I thought there were special cometic headgaskets you were supposed to use for a hybrid. I know that Axis has them. I don't think that the headgaskets are the noise obviously, but just putting my $.02 out there if you're gonna take it apart, you may wanna' make sure the STi HG's are up to the challenge.
You only use the Cometic's if you want to alter the compression ratio down. Run a search on "quench", long standing argument on that.

Nothing wrong with the STI gasket, it's arguably the preferred way to go.
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Old 08-24-2007, 12:11 AM   #30
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Oh yeah, quick question too...I've put 5 quarts of oil in the engine, but it's still reading low on the dipstick..should i just add more? My guess is yes...

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Did you replace the oil pan with a STi pan? If so, you have to replace the oil-pickup with a STi one. If you don't, you will get a very inacurrate reading and have WAY too much oil in the motor if you go off the markings.
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Old 08-24-2007, 10:12 AM   #31
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SOrry I haven't been too attentive to this thread (just busy withwork and travel), but I am using the stock 2002 WRX oilpan/tube/dipstick

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Old 08-28-2007, 06:37 PM   #32
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SOrry I haven't been too attentive to this thread (just busy withwork and travel), but I am using the stock 2002 WRX oilpan/tube/dipstick

-JT
Yeah thats not rod knock. This is rod knock. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9LJP1mw0es

I just replaced my SB to the EJ257 too. I am getting what sounds like some kind of valve noise but its not as loud as yours. I am going to give it about 2k to quite it self. if it gets louder or is still there I am going to take it back to the shop.

Keep us posted with what you find. Maybe I have the same issue as you.

As for the oil issue. not to sure. During my 1k break in i pretty much stayed at the same oil level. I am using the stock 2002 oil pan, dipstick etc., but my tuner did recommend upgrading my oil and water pump.

What kind of oil are you using?? 5w30?
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:03 PM   #33
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Yeah thats not rod knock. This is rod knock. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9LJP1mw0es I just replaced my SB to the EJ257 too...
WOW! That's gotta be the worst sounding Subie block I've EVER heard!

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Old 08-28-2007, 07:34 PM   #34
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WOW! That's gotta be the worst sounding Subie block I've EVER heard!

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It IS the worst sounding subie you've ever heard!!
That thing sounded like a machine gun under my hood.
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:14 PM   #35
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I dunno, burnin4's blown cobb block sounded pretty bad too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11I_TOQLgOU
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:16 PM   #36
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holy crap those are bad...i guess mine doesn't sound liek THAT...sheesh..

sorry about the lack of updates by the way, just have been way too busy, and by the time i get out of work I'm pooped. I'll run some tests tomorrow though, for sure. Stay tuned, and thanks for all the thoughts and help.

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Old 08-29-2007, 12:08 AM   #37
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I dunno, burnin4's blown cobb block sounded pretty bad too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11I_TOQLgOU
Go listen again. It ain't the same. I've heard both types on my engine and I got a shiny gold dollar says it's his valves.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:26 AM   #38
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ok, got some testingdone...

I pulled off the injector harnesses on thedriver's side one and at a time, and to me it didn't sound like the noise diminished at all...so that's a good sign it isn't the rods...

but i pulled the dipstick and looked closely and saw little flecks of metal could this be normal though? it's an engine with about...5 miles on it at this point...

Thanks for bearing with me!

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Old 08-30-2007, 11:34 AM   #39
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Have you changed your oil since the first startup?

Some people say that it's normal. I dunno, we changed my oil right after the cam break-in, and I did it every 300 miles for 1500 miles after that, and I never saw any fleks of metal in the oil. And I looked at it pretty closely.
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:27 PM   #40
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No, haven't changed the oil yet, i will probably try that today...ugh.

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Old 08-30-2007, 08:23 PM   #41
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Slight metal gathering in the pan is normal for intial start-up of any engine. Subarus OEM oil filters are some of the most efficient in the world, so don't stress it. Your valve lash is off, I wouldn't even bother beating around the bush hoping something else will fix your problems.
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Old 08-31-2007, 03:39 AM   #42
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Oh yeah, quick question too...I've put 5 quarts of oil in the engine, but it's still reading low on the dipstick..should i just add more? My guess is yes...

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good guess, but make sure its not using oil, also you got to remove the cams to replace buckets, sux.
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:05 AM   #43
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good guess, but make sure its not using oil, also you got to remove the cams to replace buckets, sux.
Negative ghostrider, he has a 2002 so he can replace shims without removing the cams. What sucks is you need a $250 tool to do it with the cams on. Otherwise, yes, you will need to remove the cams. I think I've said this before....
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Old 08-31-2007, 01:50 PM   #44
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hey guys, sorry i haven't been on here in awhile -- busy.

I doubt it has even had the chance to burn much oil if any at all... I've driven it about 5 miles, and no sign of smoke. I'll check the oil soon though, probably change it.

I'm going to be taking it to a respected subaru shop here -- hoping they can just fix the valve adjustment for me if that's the case. Thanks for all the support again guys, I'll make sure to get back here with a resolution -- hopefully a positive one.

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Negative ghostrider, he has a 2002 so he can replace shims without removing the cams. What sucks is you need a $250 tool to do it with the cams on. Otherwise, yes, you will need to remove the cams. I think I've said this before....
I did not know that, good call, you can be my wingman anytime!
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Bumping an old thread.. Any update on the ticking noise, did it end up being the valve clearences? Hows the car running?
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