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#1 2020-02-18 12:04:36

00aas
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From: San Francisco, CA
Registered: 2014-09-10
User Number: 22217
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I think I spun a rod bearing. Should I save?

Hi everyone,
This forum has been so helpful over the years of Saabaru ownership-- I'm so sad to have to post this but need some advice:

2005 9-2x Aero, bought it in 2011 with 66K, it's now at 130K miles, did some minor mods, catless uppipe, catted cobb downpipe, Stage 2 tune years ago, otherwise kept up with maintenance
- timing belt at 87K
- valve cover gaskets at 100K
- new clutch at 115K

And it's been rock solid with oil changes every 3K (liquimoly) and routine other maintenance (100K, etc).

Sadly driving back from Tahoe to SF on Sun night I started hearing some occasional unusual ratatatting when putting into gear (the noise would go away when I engaged the clutch) with a Check Engine Light that blinked occasionally, and over 10 miles the noise became more persistent and louder with the gears, and then changed in character to some squealing, and then permanent Check Engine Light so I pulled over and then car wouldn't restart.  Fortuitously I pulled over 0.5 miles from a local Subaru specialist in Newcastle CA (Subaru Specialist Barsotti's) and so I towed it there.

Steve there thinks 99% it's prob a rod bearing or something deeper, as there was no oil in the dipstick and he's about to take a look at the timing belt, which looked OK from an initial inspection.  I just changed the oil 3K ago and so am surprised that the oil was that empty (never been an issue before!).

He'll know more in a few hours, but thinks likely the motor will need to be rebuild/replaced, and looking at $6000.

Would you guys replace the motor?  Or scrap it at this time? The care is otherwise in good shape, clean interior, and I need to check the rear strut towers, but they I think have always been fine (New Mexico since 2011 and now CA).

thanks!
A

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#2 2020-02-18 12:51:12

snowphun
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From: Central CT
Registered: 2005-11-09
User Number: 890
Posts: 613

Re: I think I spun a rod bearing. Should I save?

Have a used ej205 put in, that's ~$1k plus labor. If you love the car and want to hold onto it $6k is getting you into IAG block territory which gets you more and better power.

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#3 2020-02-18 15:59:01

slowautoxr
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Registered: 2019-07-26
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Re: I think I spun a rod bearing. Should I save?

I thought you were initially describing a throwout bearing but the low/no oil is not a good sign.  If the no start means it didn't turn over, chances are that it is seized.

$6k is a really high price.  A quick search shows that a new short block is around $2k.


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#4 2020-02-18 16:23:33

00aas
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From: San Francisco, CA
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Re: I think I spun a rod bearing. Should I save?

yeah I think he said about 3.5 quarts of oil were still in when he drained it, but nothing on the dipstick, and then after draining he took a look / used a magnet and found metal in the oilpan.  OK good to know re price being steep.  Everything is expensive in Northern CA but I'll ask more about the price or consider getting a quote from someone else

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#5 2020-10-17 08:45:58

njsaab
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Re: I think I spun a rod bearing. Should I save?

I just had my motor replaced with 66k miles. I took the old one out but didn’t have time to get the new one in. They replaced some minor things, Cost me about 2800 total. So if you’re on the east coast near Philly I would recommend PMP auto in Mertztown fantastic guys.

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#6 2020-10-17 22:54:04

Rodman
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From: Long Island
Registered: 2006-03-01
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Re: I think I spun a rod bearing. Should I save?

njsaab wrote:

I just had my motor replaced with 66k miles. I took the old one out but didn’t have time to get the new one in. They replaced some minor things, Cost me about 2800 total. So if you’re on the east coast near Philly I would recommend PMP auto in Mertztown fantastic guys.

Oh yes, he is around the corner in California.


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm EJ205 avcs.
2005 desert silver aero, traded.
2002 bugeye, sedan, JDM STi ver 7 swapped.

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#7 2020-10-18 16:15:37

racerjim
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From: Kennesaw, GA
Registered: 2005-06-16
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Re: I think I spun a rod bearing. Should I save?

lol


My Car:  2009 Mercedes Benz SLK55 AMG
SOLD August 2016:  2005 Saab 9-2x Aero 5-Speed, Cold, Premium, Arctic Silver
Her Car:  2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

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#8 2020-10-18 22:58:23

Rodman
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From: Long Island
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Re: I think I spun a rod bearing. Should I save?

Op, you sure it is rod knock and not a failed gates timing belt tensioner ?
https://youtu.be/tAxiFJ2rHBE


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm EJ205 avcs.
2005 desert silver aero, traded.
2002 bugeye, sedan, JDM STi ver 7 swapped.

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#9 2020-10-19 10:37:58

racerjim
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Re: I think I spun a rod bearing. Should I save?

Listen to him, OP, why do you think they call him Rod-Man.....


My Car:  2009 Mercedes Benz SLK55 AMG
SOLD August 2016:  2005 Saab 9-2x Aero 5-Speed, Cold, Premium, Arctic Silver
Her Car:  2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

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#10 2020-10-20 08:33:21

saabroo
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From: Yardley PA
Registered: 2015-07-02
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Re: I think I spun a rod bearing. Should I save?

Hmmm....  lol

racerjim wrote:

Listen to him, OP, why do you think they call him Rod-Man.....


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