I'm a girly girl! I don't love the outdoors and I don't know much about cars, BUT, I do know when my car is all jacked up!
So, after a lot of time researching, ranting, and running my poor car all over town to have this and that looked at, it's finally fixed!!!
My mechanic got the PCV valve from the subaru dealership and replaced it today!! As soon as I started it, it was purring like a kitten! He saved the old valve that the Valvoline guys used and lemme tell ya, it didn't look new! I don't know where it came from, but it looked either used or like the same freakin' part that was already in my car! Lesson: PCV valves rattle when they are working properly but don't when they are clogged....
So, I took it to Valvoline and demanded my money back. The manager was all smug and shook the valve and it rattled and he made a smart comment about it being fine! I told him, that yes, it might rattle, but it looked all gummed up and that as soon as the other part was in my car an hour earlier, it was running perfectly! He didn't like that and gave me the money back. He asked where I got the part and who did it. Of course I told him that I got the part directly from Subaru and my mechanic did it without charging me LABOR! I paid double at Valvoline for that part!!! I'm sure he thought I was just a stupid girl that wouldn't question diddly about it! WRONG! I won't go down without a fight and I'm sure as hell not gonna let you walk all over me!
I will NEVER go there again. I will have Hubby changing the oil from now on and all maintenance will be done by my mechanic.
Just don't piss me off and we'll all get along fine!