It’s been over a year since my STI engine caught fire at Super Lap Battle. After collecting some funding to purchase replacement parts and finding the motivation to pull the motor, I spent my weekend tearing apart the slaughtered mess. I hope to continue the process next weekend in hopes of salvaging any reusable parts. Stay tuned!
My DC2’s 210K-mile engine surprised me with a loud tapping sound on the freeway late one recent nightnot good. It’s stock, aside from tuning and bolt-ons. Sudden, repetitive, loud noises from hard-driven 200K-mile engines usually means rod knockas in replace/rebuild your engine. In a moment when Murphy (of his aptly titled Law) wasn’t looking, I popped off its valve cover and discovered that only the retaining nut of one of the #1 cylinder’s exhaust valves had come loose. I’m not sure what caused this to happen, but I took the opportunity to give the aging B18 a much-needed valve lash adjustment across the board. No more tapping, ticking, or knocking (knocks on wood)she purrs like a kitten and registered positive butt-dyno gains. Not bad for 20 minutes of work.