I picked up a 98 Legacy Outback 5sp with 229K on it. The PO had spent over $1400 on engine work. I didn't get all the details.
Anyway, 12 months and 1 week later (week past the 12 month period) it just stopped on him. No more money going into the car so he sold it.
When I opened it up the intake cam on the driver side had exploded. Nothing left of it. All of the other cams and cranks seem good.
It was very low on oil so I'm think oil starved.
Anyway, with all the cams closed the crank does turn over fine and it seems like there is good compression and its even on all 4 cylinders.
What are the odds, the cam just froze up and took out the gear and if I swapped out the head it might be OK. Long shot I know but I thought I'd ask those with much more engine experience than I.
Just talked with the PO and he said the engine was rebuilt in 2010. No oil light on, He had heard some noise but it went away when hot. He was in the parking lot, started the car and it just stopped.
Oil starved Cam, I'd think.
Edited by lmdew, 19 March 2014 - 09:02 PM.