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Old 12-24-2015, 09:47 PM   #1
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Default 2009 FXT spun bearing. Need some advice.

Bought this car for my wife last year. 2009 FXT with 55,000 miles. No warranty.

I have changed the oil and filter religiously every 3k miles with rotella T6 and Subaru OEM filters. We are at around 65k miles now and car has been idling a little rough for the last few months. Nothing too crazy, although I'm used to my 04 STi so I might be a little biased.

Anyways, last night I changed the oil. Everything went smoothly, checked oil after running a few minutes and topped off. No crazy noises. We left the house this AM and waited in a 10 minute drivethru for coffee. No strange noises. Fast forward 20 minutes and we are 20 miles into our highway trip to the inlaws... All of the sudden my wife notices knocking. We pull over and sure enough, knock knock knock, speed changing with revs. Check oil level, it's perfect. Hold up to the sunlight and tiny metal glitter on dipstick. Bummer.

I see there was a "stop sale" do this model year back when it was new but no recall.

So what now? I've swapped engines before, but not on subarus. Am I looking at a shortblock, new oil cooler and new turbo because of metal? Anything I can do with SOA because of the stop sale or is it way too late? Honestly, life is busy and I'm not sure I can find time for this. What'd the trade in value for a spun bearing :

edit: there's no check engine light... Seems strange.
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Old 12-24-2015, 10:25 PM   #2
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New shortblock, gasket kit, oil pump, oil cooler. Have the heads and pan cleaned. Turbo should be fine.

Ends up being around like $2500-2700 in parts if you do the labor your self. It is not too horrible to pull these motors. If you buy a new oem sb from a dealer order it from the dealership in Colorado that is a sponsor on iwsti they have a good discount thats where i bought my last one.

Trade in value of a spun bearing 09 fxt is most likely very very low and youd be better of swapping the motor first.
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Old 12-24-2015, 10:28 PM   #3
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where are you located? I don't know if a spun bearing will set off a CEL unless something else starts to fail from the metal in the oil.
maybe you can get away with replacing the bearing instead of replacing the engine? I have no experience with this sort of thing but it sounds like you've found the issue right away (vs the "turn the radio up louder" solution). IF you have the ability to pull the motor and start tearing it down before deciding if you're going to rebuild or swap that would be ideal (imho) But if it's truly borked.

This reminds me that I need to send a sample for oil analysis next time I change my oil.
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Old 12-24-2015, 10:30 PM   #4
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while you're in there install an non OEM oil pickup tube (I think that questionable part is shared among all EJ motors)
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Old 12-24-2015, 10:43 PM   #5
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I can tell you in Mass. The going price for a 09 wrx with bad motor is 3500 dollars I checked at 3 dealers all the same it is because for a dealer to make it worthy of there reputation on selling it back to any one they will replace the whole motor with new one and that is ruffly 16,000 dollars. I know that is customer charge and they obviously would not be that bad if they owned it for labor would be dropped and other various stuff stuff but that is how things here goes. So I have found rebuild is best way to go and fix all of the Subaru imperfections along the way.
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