TTAC commentator Robstar writes:
I bought a new 2005 Subaru WRX STi in March of 2005, it currently has around 51k miles on it. Rotors have been replaced once, brake pads twice. The car still has it’s original clutch! It went from being an occasional commuting car in all city traffic to an every-day 60 mile RT jaunt mostly highway.
With all of that said I don’t think I’m rough on the car as it’s rated EPA 16/22 and over the latest 5300 miles (since I started keeping track) I’m averaging 23.5mpg in mixed driving. Before I present my issue, keep something in mind:
I’m hard of hearing and have lost roughly half my hearing since birth (I was born without normal hearing). I’m also currently demoing NEW hearing aides and I’m hearing new sounds I’ve never heard before. I recently heard my infant sons white noise machine for the first time as well as the doorbell.
On to the issue…..
I noticed yesterday after my drive home and parking in my driveway (faces uphill), after turning the car off that it sounds like “popcorn popping” under the hood! I’m not sure if this sound is normal or has always been there and I never noticed. This is with the CAR OFF/STOPPED/PARKED after a 25 mile highway jaunt at fairly consistent speeds in a straight line. I’ve search NASIOC and could only find people complaining about this with the car ON, so I have no idea what my issue could be. The temp gauge in the car didn’t go off and no smoke or excess heat seemed to be coming from the hood. After opening the hood, and calling my wife outside to listen, she pointed to the sound coming from somewhere around the inter-cooler or “red pipe”.Thanks for any help you can give.
Congrats on your invigorated sense of hearing! I can’t even imagine the joy you must feel. More to the point, about the Subie’s problem: Pop it like it’s Hot.
I have no idea what I just said.
Which makes sense, as I don’t have a good answer for your Subie’s problem. Perhaps you have some sort of pre-ignition backfire from a fuel pump/injector that won’t shut off when the key is out of the ignition. Or perhaps you are just hearing your extra hot, turbocharged exhaust popping as it cools down. I think the latter is likely.
Either way, if your fuel economy is fine and there are no trouble codes generated by the computer, I wouldn’t worry about this one. Enjoy the new found sound of your sweet ride. It’s just poppin…like it’s hawwwwt!
Send your queries to sajeev@thetruthaboutcars.