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Old 04-12-2012, 03:49 PM   #1
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Default Whirring noise and not starting

I have a 2003 Saturn Ion sedan.

On the way to work this morning the car started making a clicking noise which seemed to be correlated to acceleration. It would be steady at idle and increase frequency as I accelerated. When I pulled into the parking lot, it was much worse and I left the car on and stepped out to get a better chance to listen to it, it sounded like there was also some type of grinding noise.

Now I went out to start the car and it will not. All i get is a whirring noise. The battery seems to be okay because the headlights do no dim when trying to start the car.

Any idea what could have happened?

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Old 04-12-2012, 04:09 PM   #2
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Check your oil level recently?

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Old 04-12-2012, 04:12 PM   #3
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Nope, I am due for a change

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Old 04-12-2012, 04:16 PM   #4
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related?

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Old 04-12-2012, 04:42 PM   #5
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:facepalm: not the oil quality, the oil level.

sounds like you had a starter or engine failure, tow it to a reputable shop.

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Old 04-12-2012, 04:49 PM   #6
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that really sucks, thanks for your help

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Old 04-12-2012, 09:20 PM   #7
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that really sucks, thanks for your help
Hope it turns out OK.

Did you double check the Oil Level yet? If it's good... suppose it might have been a failure with the Oil Pump. But be it Oil pressure or level I'd have figured you might have seen an Oil Warning Light if it was low enough.

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:14 AM   #8
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The oil was very low, must have a leak. I live in a condo development so i'm not always in the same spot, so i must have missed a leak or something.

I added oil, still won't start. When trying to start i did notice a quiet tapping noise inside the top of the engine.

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:43 AM   #9
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The oil was very low, must have a leak. I live in a condo development so i'm not always in the same spot, so i must have missed a leak or something.

I added oil, still won't start. When trying to start i did notice a quiet tapping noise inside the top of the engine.
How low? (In Quarts)

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:55 AM   #10
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call around for prices on a gently used engine from an 03-04, sounds like you toasted yours

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