My husband and I have a 2002 WRX wagon with about 70,000 miles on it. We just purchased it this summer and we have had numerous problems with it, although it is a sweet car
The most recent was after my husband went driving it in the snow. I am sure he "got on it" a little harder than he normally does, and ever since, the turbo has been making a high pitched whistling noise. I saw other people describing this on the forum but our turbo doesn't seem to be affected by it, it's just really annoying. The whistling begins when the turbo kicks in and as you push the pedal harder, the sound gets higher (almost like letting the air out of a balloon).
We took it to the Subaru Dealer yesterday (which is 70 miles away) and they didn't even look inside the hood; they just drove it and assumed that it is a bearing in the turbo and wanted us to just get the whole turbo replaced, but we declined because 1. we can't afford to right now 2. the car drives just fine 3. we're not sure that's actually the problem.
Does anyone have any idea what this might be? Could there be some sort of hose or connection that is loose?
Another weird thing that started happening after my husband took the car for a joy ride is that the clock on the dash randomly stopped working (we thought it was cold weather, but maybe it's related to the turbo issue). Just the other day the CD player turned off for a second and then turned back on along with the other electronics in the center console.
I am not an expert in cars, much less Subarus, so I would greatly appreciate as much explanation as possible if you think you might know what's going on with our car.