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Old 03-25-2004, 01:03 PM   #1
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Does any body have an idea what might be causing a loud click/tick noise when the car is cold? it will continue to make this noise until about 15 mins. after the car has warmed up.
exhaust leak maybe, i did just put a spt exhaust on it...sounds kind of like it is coming from where the header meets the cat. any helps is greatly appreciated and thank you in advance.

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Old 03-25-2004, 09:21 PM   #2
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Old 03-25-2004, 09:29 PM   #3
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Is it kind of the internal click? Almost like a slight rythemic knock?

It may be the valve train noise, it's been common among the EJ engines. I even have it in my EJ25. And yes it goes away when it's cold. Subaru tells us it is normal, however if the noise doesn't go away after warm up, there may be a problem.

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Old 03-25-2004, 11:12 PM   #4
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Does any body have an idea what might be causing a loud click/tick noise when the car is cold? it will continue to make this noise until about 15 mins. after the car has warmed up.
exhaust leak maybe, i did just put a spt exhaust on it...sounds kind of like it is coming from where the header meets the cat. any helps is greatly appreciated and thank you in advance.

Jeff
You may have the same problem I had.

Read through my old thread and see if it is or isn't.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=297045
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Old 03-25-2004, 11:26 PM   #5
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it doesn't sound like the normal ticking, it does have a rythem to it...as the revs increase , the noise also speeds up with it, anyone think it could be an exhaust leak? thanks again for the help.

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Old 03-25-2004, 11:29 PM   #6
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The only think I can think of now is a near rattle of the heat shield. It doesn't have to rattle, but just "tap", near the threashold of the shield loosening but not loose.

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Old 03-25-2004, 11:34 PM   #7
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i just had the timing belt replaced...so with my luck it is a belt tensioner going bad...i guess 170K miles isn't too bad but the point at which it happens is skewed a bit. thoughts? inspirational speeches? i am open for anything at this point.

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Old 03-25-2004, 11:40 PM   #8
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i will check the heat shields tomorrow when i replace some gaskets that need replacing, thanks for the tip!

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Old 03-26-2004, 12:05 PM   #9
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It could be a noisy lifter
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Old 03-26-2004, 02:21 PM   #10
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Don't worry about cold clicking. all the EJ25 does that. Well it can come from the timing belt tensionner. this source worth repairing, because if the tensionnor break, say adios to your valvetrain. otherwise it's piston slapping caused by too much clearance when cold. as long as it's only when the engine is cold, don't worry about it. if it still does after hour of driving it's a concern. I've been told at the dealer i work in the summer that even if the engine still tick at hot, it can do a lot of mileage. we've seen a legacy GT with 400 000 km on the first engine...
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I had it for a long time.
They replaced the Timing Belt Tensioner and the noise did not go away.
It sounds like piston slap or bearing knock when you are driving.

The dealer, put in a new shortblock. problem solved.
The fix now is to replace the pistons with better fitting ones as the sleeve is short on the existing piston and causes them to wiggle a bit when cold.


Good luck with it.
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Old 03-26-2004, 09:22 PM   #12
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I had it for a long time.
They replaced the Timing Belt Tensioner and the noise did not go away.
It sounds like piston slap or bearing knock when you are driving.

The dealer, put in a new shortblock. problem solved.
The fix now is to replace the pistons with better fitting ones as the sleeve is short on the existing piston and causes them to wiggle a bit when cold.


Good luck with it.

My belt tenioner was the cause for mine...and I had the exact same issue Wagons.whatever has....I'm just saying...
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Could be power steering aswell, but that would only happen when you're turning.
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All Subaru's valves tick when they're cold, my 02 RS and also my 00 RS both do it. This is even at idle, and not like David said, the sound that David said is more of a grinding, dying sound..
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All Subaru's valves tick when they're cold, my 02 RS and also my 00 RS both do it. This is even at idle, and not like David said, the sound that David said is more of a grinding, dying sound..
........um. Mine doesn't tick, when cold, anymore. The sound of the engine note, from the compartment, stays reletivly (Sp?) the same as it's warming up and after it's warmed up.
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i got my noise figured out...simply an exhaust leak that a $7 gasket cured, but thanks for all the help...thankfully it wasn't a belt tensioner.

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i got my noise figured out...simply an exhaust leak that a $7 gasket cured, but thanks for all the help...thankfully it wasn't a belt tensioner.

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where was ur exhaust leak?
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