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I have a Subaru Forester 2005, 2.5 (non turbo) engine..

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I have a Subaru Forester 2005, 2.5 (non turbo) engine.. About 145k miles...I hear what I think is valve clatter under load. The timing belt has been changed, head gasket... water pump recently..
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Subaru
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Do these cars require periodic valve adjustments? And.. Should that have been done when the head gasket was replaced?
Expert:  wrxteck replied 2 years ago.
Hello..Yes they should be checked technically every 60,000 could have been done with the head gaskets but it's not too common that they need much the noise at all engine temps? cold warm and hot?? simple procedure very time consuming
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Seems the noise is mostly when engine is hot . Like a rattle sound .. Usually as the engine is put under sudden stress like accelerating
Expert:  wrxteck replied 2 years ago.
Exhaust heatshields will rattle as well..very common...more so than valve train noise
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I've already secured the losse heat shields ... (Had that problem already) . Noise is from the engine ... Much different from that tinny sound.
Expert:  wrxteck replied 2 years ago.
Could be valve train noise...could also be lower end such as connecting rod bearing...if you can post an audio file with the noise it would help