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Old 05-30-2006, 02:35 PM   #1
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Started my car up this morning and a very loud clacking noise started coming from the engine. My valves have always made a little noise, but this was a lot louder. Checked the oil, it could use changing but it's at a good level. I can't pinpoint the location of the sound, but it's definitely coming from the engine itself (as opposed to the power steering or any of the other stuff like that). Otherwise, the car is running fine. I haven't noticed any drop in performance and the engine is relatively smooth (as smooth an engine with 192,000 miles can run). Any suggestions as to where the gremlin may be? Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-30-2006, 02:38 PM   #2
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Stop driving the car and get it checked out! You may be causeing additional damage.....could be a lifter or a rod or something....one of the valves could have let go and the piston is hitting it....but I dont think it would still run....but anyways....get it looked at by a professional
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Old 05-31-2006, 12:13 PM   #3
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Ever changed the timing chain? Where is the sound coming from (front, rear, left or right side, bottom, etc?)
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Never changed the timing chain, and the sound is coming from that side. But it sounds more like the "normal" valve clacking has just gotten louder. What would the chain sould like? I'm going to have my friend (ASE master mechanic) take a look at it. She seems to think it might be the valves from what I've told her. The car is still running well, just more noise.
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Old 05-31-2006, 07:26 PM   #5
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Ok, so my car is a spaz. It stopped doing whatever it was doing and is back to "normal" (knock on wood). I'm still going to have my friend look at it. Go figure. It's nearly 14 years old.....it must be going through puberty. Until then, I'll keep my ear on it.
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..........I'll keep my ear on it.
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