Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Sf Bay area
Car: 2004 Subaru LL Bean Outback
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Yesterday I brought my 2004 Subaru Outback in to have the oil changed at 34, 300 miles. The work was done my a trusted and highly regarded auto mechanic in my town. After the oil change I drove the car about 20 miles when I notices my once quiet engine was making a flapping sound, something like the noise made when you clip a playing card to a bicycle spoke. I drove immediately back to the mechanic, thinking something had been left loose.
After two hours, including changing the oil again, the mechanic advise me not to drive the car as I had what he believed was a problem with the valve train. He wasn't much more descriptive than that. He told me I needed to have the car towed to the nearest dealership. This at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon.
I'm totally floored by this news. This car has been wonderfully trouble free. I have maintained it regularly as recommended in the owner's manual. Though five years old, the mileage is very low as my work has, until recently, had me traveling abroad frequently.
Due to the weekend I can't do anything about this until the car is towed to the dealer Monday morning. Meanwhile I am trying to learn more and be prepared to ask questions. Except for maintenance schedules, I am totally ignorant about cars.
Anything comments or information on this topic will be gratefully recieved.