So...I must admit my guilt
Much like John's (man_show) post in the drivetrain forum. I too have experience some set backs with my car lately. It actually happened the day that I left to go up to the rally. I changed my oil earlier that day before I left with my girlfriend; side note is that I've changed my oil since I was 16. So, I'm not that much of a dummie. But, the confusion happened when I drove up the highway and I heard a pop noise. I saw something rolling behind my car. So, I was confused to what that was. I made my way up the highway and very shortly after hearing the sound I saw white smoke coming out the back of my car. So, I took the off ramp and tried to find a spot to pull over. I heard my engine make a weird noise and stall. It turned back over and I pulled into the gas station. Shutting it off again to coast it into a parking spot. Where I noticed small puffs of smoke come out the hood. I was freaking out and called my dad to come and help us. I got the car jacked up before he got there and saw that the oil drain plug was what popped off the car. My car was covered in oil underneath. My dad and I got a new drain plug and new oil. The car started and sounded ok after a brief rough sound at start up. My dad said there was no way to know if the car was ok or not. I was skeptical that the engine was already screwed. But, since I didn't have any time to change the plans. I continued to drive up to the rally on thursday night. Made it there fine, the car drove fine friday, and drove fine up to about 3 pm saturday. When I started to hear a knock sound. I pulled over and had a car pull up and ask to help. Here it was two out of state Subaru mechanic from a dealership. They listened to it and said the knock sounds like a rod or bearing failure. The two guys said sorry for my luck and it'd be best to get the car towed or attempt to drive it back into wellsboro and risk damaging the heads. They left and I tried to see how the car would move. It sounded worse, so I turned it off, and luckly got a ride back to the Tioga Fairgrounds through a very nice representative of Rally America Mr. Hearst. He got me some phone numbers for local tow trucks. I had the car towed back to York that night for a good price and the car is now finally weeks later stripped of the engine at CBRD.
Where the turbo will be sent back to Blouch to be inspected and the engine is being shipped friday to Chad's new engine builder. Who is classified at this point because he will do the business but does not want the word of mouth business. Why would he want that? Because Chad said its a guy from Chad's history in road racing that builds engines for SCCA and Rally cars. He has built two EVO engines and chad said that after break-in they were the smoothest running built EVO engine he has heard. So, Chad has confidence in the guy. This builder will inspect the whole long block; including tanking the heads. I'm just hoping it is mostly just a bearing failure. But, I guess I will find out soon enough. Wish me luck. I miss the car and want it back asap. The only good thing is that if the damage is low, I will have have head work done before putting the car back together. Maybe a small bright side to a series of bad luck.
378awhp/373wtq Custom Dom 3 & CBRD tuned 2006 STI.
"When in doubt...flat out" - Colin McRae