What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

Update: clean oil fixed her. She isn’t acting up and I no longer have a christmas tree on my dashboard. I’ll be less of a dumb ass moving forward.....hopefully.

I let time escape me and did not take care of my car. I don’t know what I was thinking but I was reminded today that I missed a normal oil change on my Subaru that is now 165K+.

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How do I know I missed my oil change and why am I stupid? Well this is what you call a two-fer.

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Half way home, entering the high way I gunned it to get up to speed with the heavy traffic. My engine sputtered a little and then my dash lit up like a Christmas tree.

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The CDL is for error codes P0028 & P0026, which I was able to read thanks to my ODBII wifi sensor and DashCommand app.

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After a quick search, the error is for the left and right intake valve control solenoid; where the most common theme on the cause for the error is low oil and/or going to long between oil changes. I normally stay within the 5-6k window on synthetic, but this time I done f****d up because I couldn’t change it myself.

My wife kindly took it for a change. Upon return I noticed it said 3k; or norms oil. This is 100% not her fault because I would have screwed up anyways. The service due was 160k; meaning if I was on synthetic I would have been pushing almost 2,500-3,500 over my normal usage. Yes, I know synthetic can typically go 10k, but with an older engine I like to baby it so I don’t have these issues.... seems I’m going to now.

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Let’s hope this doesn’t penalize me in the future and this can be fixed with an oil change. I’ll update tomorrow. Cheers!

Late side note: my tire pressure is actually good, but the sensors died around 120k miles and I didn’t find value shelling out the $20 or whatever is to fix it because I check my tires every 4/5th fuel up anyways; 1,600-2000miles.

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