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Old 03-25-2008, 12:49 PM   #1
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My 2002 WRX developed a noise in the engine around 50k miles, I'd describe it as a knocking sound that varied with engine speed. I took it in to the dealership and had it fixed under warranty. They told me it was the timing belt tensioner.

It began making this noise again recently, and is now outside of warranty. The car also needed an alignment, so I took it in to Firestone in Woodinville this morning. I told them the history of the problem; the guy behind the counter acted skeptical that it was the timing belt. "The timing belt is encased inside the engine so if that's it you've got bigger problems." Ok, this is making me nervous, because this doesn't jive with what I already know. But I told him to give me a call when the tech starts looking at it.

The tech called me and said that he didn't hear the noise I was talking about. But that he does hear an exhaust leak. He didn't know where it was coming from but he said that he could smell it. I asked him if he would be able to isolate it and he said yes. He is supposedly doing this now.

What do you all think? Do I let him run with this or do I tell him to put my car back on the ground and I will come get it and let someone competent take a look? How likely is it that my 80k stock car has an exhaust leak? I am pretty certain that the sound it is making now is the same sound as the previous issue.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 03-25-2008, 12:53 PM   #2
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My 2002 WRX developed a noise in the engine around 50k miles, I'd describe it as a knocking sound that varied with engine speed. I took it in to the dealership and had it fixed under warranty. They told me it was the timing belt tensioner.

It began making this noise again recently, and is now outside of warranty. The car also needed an alignment, so I took it in to Firestone in Woodinville this morning. I told them the history of the problem; the guy behind the counter acted skeptical that it was the timing belt. "The timing belt is encased inside the engine so if that's it you've got bigger problems." Ok, this is making me nervous, because this doesn't jive with what I already know. But I told him to give me a call when the tech starts looking at it.

The tech called me and said that he didn't hear the noise I was talking about. But that he does hear an exhaust leak. He didn't know where it was coming from but he said that he could smell it. I asked him if he would be able to isolate it and he said yes. He is supposedly doing this now.

What do you all think? Do I let him run with this or do I tell him to put my car back on the ground and I will come get it and let someone competent take a look? How likely is it that my 80k stock car has an exhaust leak? I am pretty certain that the sound it is making now is the same sound as the previous issue.

Thanks for any help.
You got some BIG cojones taking your car to get anything more than aligned at a Firestone...BIG.

its could be the same issue again, could be alot of things. My first and best suggestion is to not let them mess with your car and take it to the closest speed shop that specializes in Subaru's. I know you have great shops that are accessible in your area.
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:16 PM   #3
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first the obvious... do you check your oil at every gas fill? have you checked it lately? low oil, even just a quart, causes suby engines to make all kinds of bad noises.

but i agree with the post above, firestone has no business doing ANYTHING more then alignment/tires. don't let them pull anything apart.
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:29 PM   #4
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The timing belt is encased in the engine? LOL Firestone techs.
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:36 PM   #5
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You got some BIG cojones taking your car to get anything more than aligned at a Firestone...BIG.
There's a fine line between bravery and stupidity, my friend.

Honestly, I figured if I TOLD THEM WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS they'd have no problem fixing it...

Ok I'm calling the guy and telling him to get his filthy hands off my car.

BREAKING NEWS: He called me and said the alignment was done, and then something about regasketing the exhaust. I told him to button it on up. I will be picking my car up shortly.
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There's a fine line between bravery and stupidity, my friend.

Honestly, I figured if I TOLD THEM WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS they'd have no problem fixing it...

Ok I'm calling the guy and telling him to get his filthy hands off my car.

BREAKING NEWS: He called me and said the alignment was done, and then something about regasketing the exhaust. I told him to button it on up. I will be picking my car up shortly.
now you'd think that any mechanic however dim witted could accomplish that, but that would be a giant leap of faith.

Like said make sure your oil level is ok if you don't check it regularly. And get your baby into some lovin hands.
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