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Old 09-20-2013, 11:47 PM   #1
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Default Am I being paranoid about my engine noise?

I've got a 2013 Sport Premium. I don't know if i'm being paranoid, but when it's quiet enough to really listen to the engine, I can hear what I can described as a slight rattling. It's kind of like a higher pitched rev sound when accelerating, pretty much undetectable while coasting or idling.

It's quite possible that it's nothing and it's simply me learning to focus more on the sounds my engine makes, as this is my first boxer engine and first subie (coming from a jetta).

I've heard about the piston slap of boxer engines but I'm not sure if that's what i'm hearing. The car only has 4000 miles on it and the dealer told me not to bother with my first oil change until 7500ish.
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:14 AM   #2
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I'd go ahead and change first oil now. Not sure your sound, but injectors are loud on these. Same as my bro's new Tacoma.
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:57 AM   #3
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I'd go ahead and change first oil now. Not sure your sound, but injectors are loud on these. Same as my bro's new Tacoma.
Yea i'm planning on it. Naive question but is there anything special about a subaru oil change if I do it myself? I was going to just take it to the dealer but $60+ for synthetic is kind of a rip off when I can do it myself for $30-$40.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:07 AM   #4
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Juat get a filter, crush washer and some 0w20 from walmart or somewhere. Its easy. oh and you'll need some boards or ramps.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:08 AM   #5
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Ive changed mine at least a half dozen times and its really easy.
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:26 PM   #6
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I always did it myself on my old car but was just hesitant on the brand new car. But i guess the consensus is i'm probably just being paranoid about the sound? haha
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:38 PM   #7
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Just let the dealer test drive it at the next appointment. It's under warranty if something fail.
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:16 PM   #8
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Or get in another Impreza and see if you hear the same sound. And yes, oil changes on the Impreza are easy. Have you seen where the filter is on these cars? Awesome.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:52 AM   #9
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Oil changes are extremely simple on these cars. While the crush washer is supposed to be replaced at each oil change I've done 8 changes without replacing it and I have yet to have any issues. Just use a high quality oil and a good filter and you will be fine.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:35 PM   #10
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^Fumoto valve... just sayin...

Easy install, easy oil changes, $25 mod, never have to make a mess or buy washers again.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:41 PM   #11
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I've been changing oil on vehicles my whole life since I was a kid. I've never replaced a washer on an oil change and I've never had any problems as a result. Replacing it every change is pointless.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:50 PM   #12
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Regardless, the Fumoto valve with a nipple is a good way of making the oil change a neater job. You connect a tube to the nipple, which allows you to direct the oil into the pan.

Hot 0W20 flows VERY FAST, and makes a big splash when using the drain plug. The Fumoto fixes that problem, and also prevents the need for crush washers, prevents you from accidentally over-tightening the plug and stripping the threads out of the aluminum oil pan, and so on.

It's a great mod.
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:28 AM   #13
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prob inside your trans mine made noises
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Old 10-12-2013, 04:32 PM   #14
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Mine car the time belts were loose and I still hear odd sounds I'm paranoid any sound I hear I worry I don't want my car to.have issues. Look at ur engine when its on see if a belts are all good.
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