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Espinosa. issue regarding my 2008 subaru outback
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Customer: ***** ***** espinosa. issue regarding my 2008 subaru outback
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: was on the way to the airport yesterday when the engine light came on along with the cruise light flashing, etc. car seemed to run fine so continued my trip as i needed to get my wife to the airport, about an hour drive. by the time we arrived at the airport the car started losing power and wouldn't accelerate up an incline and a rattling noise started coming from the engine.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

I would start by checking the engine oil level. Rattling may be a sign of the timing being off, possibly because of the variable intake timing control. This uses oil pressure to work properly, so low oil can cause this type of problem.

Without codes it's difficult to know for sure, but it sounds like this or the timing belt may be the issue here. Also, if you have the car home safely, I would suggest you do not drive it if the oil is full. If the timing belt is having an issue, this will damage the valves.

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Thank you so much!

Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Hello again,

Do you need further assistance with this?