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Old 01-24-2004, 02:49 PM   #1
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Default Ticking noise in engine area

Have a 93 SC2 with 127,000 miles started hearing a ticking noise on the left side of the engine. Checked the exhaust looks good. Need some help on where it is coming from. Engine runs good, good idle and acceleration. Only here the ticking at idle, both inside and outside of car... Thanksfor any info!!!

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Old 01-24-2004, 02:59 PM   #2
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How's your oil level?

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Old 01-24-2004, 03:39 PM   #3
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Oil level fine...uses about 1gt per 3000 miles. I check it once a week.

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Old 01-25-2004, 02:59 AM   #4
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how is the tension on the belts?

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Old 01-25-2004, 08:40 AM   #5
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Is the ticking noise regular or irregular? Regular would point towards lifters/cams, irregular would lean more toward timing chain.

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Old 01-25-2004, 07:16 PM   #6
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Sure it's not the injectors? 1st generation low impedance injectors emit a noticable tick that slowly goes away as RPM is increased.

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Old 01-26-2004, 02:15 PM   #7
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Noise is definitely coming from the front of engine(passenger side) pulled the oil cap off and diddn't here anything oulder sound. The sound is kinda erratic not regular. Sounds like marbles in a tin can rolling around. Going to pull the cam cover off and check the timing chain. Is there a gasket for the cam cover or just use RTV to form a gasket? Hopefully the timimg chain isn't loose.

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Old 01-26-2004, 05:57 PM   #8
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Use RTV on the valve cover for 1991-1995 DOHC and all SOHC engines.

1996 and up DOHC engines with the composite covers require a preformed gasket.

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Old 01-27-2004, 10:27 AM   #9
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My bet is on the timing chain.

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Old 01-27-2004, 10:37 PM   #10
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Sounds like marbles in a tin can rolling around
...how about quarters clanking around in a drying machine?

If you search the boards, you'll find that's Wolfman's description of a failing timing chain.

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Old 02-05-2004, 10:31 AM   #11
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I have no idea if this was a problem in the S series or not, however, I had a similar noise on the same side of my 01 L200 and it was the evaportator purger bracket that was mounted in the wrong place. They got a newly designed bracket and remounted the thing somewhere else.

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Old 02-09-2004, 08:35 AM   #12
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Finally got the time to remove the Cam cover... Haven't been driving the car since the first post. looking down inside the timing chain cover, there it is about a 1 inch piece of the timing chain guide broken off and laying across the chain. So looks like new tming chain time... Roughly how long to change the chain, guides, and tensioner?

Also going to change the water pump. Anything else while I have the front cover off? Is this a common problem with the guide breaking off?

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roughly a six hour job going by "book time" - count on the better part of a weekend if you haven't done one before.

Make sure you replace the chain, guides, tensioner and sprockets - using Saturn parts (available as a complete kit from a retailer). Also, make sure that you replace the two oil pump seals that reside in the block (they mate up with the front cover.

As far as other items, the water pump is not a bad idea, if it has not been changed in a while. Idler pulley and tensioner are cheap and easy to replace while you are there too...

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Old 02-14-2004, 06:49 PM   #14
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Finally had time to tackle the timing chain. What mess when I got the front cover off. The right side guide was about 60% gone. The left side was still there, but with a serious wear groove. Boght the timing kit from Saturn and all is well now. Still need to drop the oil pan and clean it out due to wear of the guide. Thanks for all the help...Any tricks to removing the oil pan!!!

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