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Old 09-21-2010, 08:25 AM   #4
David 93 SL2m
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2004 VUE 2.2L
2007 ION-3 Sedan
Post Re: Changed 4-cylinder engine oil, now have ticking noise

Hmmm. It could be the belt tensioner, or one of the components that get turned by the belt. This evening I'll temporarily remove the serpentine belt, run the engine for less than 1 minute, listen for the noises, replace the serpentine belt, and report back here.

I forgot to mention none of the idiot lights are coming on, which is a good thing.

I briefly searched the SaturnFans ION forums where the Ecotec engines are also used. It seems the Ecotec engines can be a bit noisy; are not uncommon; they get louder with age; and sometimes the noises are due to lifters, injectors, faulty oil filters, for 5-speed manual transmissions a heat shield under the exhaust manifold, and maybe oil issues.

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