I think Im going to order a knock sensor right now.
$30 and change on ebay.
Also, where and what is the torque convertor?
it's between the engine/transmission and is huge. but it's between the housing on the front of the trans and the engine so you can't really see it. you can get glimpses of it and narrow access to remove the torque converter bolts (like if you're pullnig the engine/trans) but otherwise it's not a part you ever look at for any reason.
if the TC is bad then you have to pull the engine/trans to replace it. subaru TC's almost never fail though, i'm sure it can but i've never seen it happen.
Ive never worked on or dealt with AWD before.
they're really easy. an AWD subaru and FWD subaru are the same thing really - there's no difference in terms of "working on them" except just a few more parts on the back of the trans and the rear of the car. when i converted my AWD to FWD i didn't even change the ECU or TCU....been driving it 50,000 miles like that!
you can convert AWD to FWD or FWD to AWD all day long, it's not that hard on a subaru because they're so similar. all that to say - hang in there for the learning curve, Subaru's and AWD are actually really easy to work on.
i work on my friends cars all the time and it's a rare day when they seem easier than Subaru's except for subaru's horizontally opposed engine doubling the amount of work for a headgasket, seals, and valve work, etc. but that layout makes more common things really simple, like 15 minutes to replace an alternator, a/c or power steering pump, so it's a trade off.
good luck keeping her on the road.
Edited by grossgary, 26 July 2011 - 09:28 PM.