Hello everyone, I haven't been on here in a while! Something happened to my poor subie a couple weeks ago, and I haven't been able to put my finger on what actually took place. I'm hoping you guys can help shed some light on the subject!
So here's the information of the event:
Wife and I took it up in ze mountains, took her off road for the first time. We were about two miles into the woods, had it in 4wd Lo the whole time, went through some steep stuff, never had the revs past 3k though. Oil pressure was good, temp was good. We came across a log in our way and had to park the car. This is when the "something" happened. Looking back, I should have shut the car off... but I didn't. So she was parked at a downward facing angle, the front left of the car was the lowest point, the back right was the highest point. I don't think it was sitting at more than 20 degrees. So we got out of the car, and started trying to move the logs. The subie idled in that position for about 5 minutes. Getting back in the car I noticed a pretty loud ticking coming from the driver side of the engine(the usual valve?? tick but much louder than normal). As I put it in reverse to back out of the spot white smoke came billowing out of the exhaust, the ticking was really really loud too. I backed it up and put it on flat ground and shut her off for a while. Started it back up ten minutes later, there was a little more smoke, and then it went away. The ticking calmed back down about ten minutes into driving it again.
The only ill effect I noticed is that I seem to be burning through oil more quickly now. Other than that it seems fine.
Did I just burn some oil? Any chance of damage to my engine?
Thanks ahead of time