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Car is tapping
Occasionally, belt driven accessories are the source of noise so you can try to isolate all belt driven components by removing the serpentine belt and briefly run the engine. If the noise remains, a common source of tapping is the...
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Why would my 2002 Honda Odyssey make a tapping noise when idling in park
Hello. Most of the time when a tapping noise starts on this engine it is from the valvetrain. It can be a failure in the clearance of the valves, or more commonly it is a failure in the variable valve...
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My Hyudai elantra 2014 stalled and stopped after the battery light, engine light and oil light came on
Hello, thank you for writing in. With check engine lights on, the first step is always scanning the vehicle for codes. These help direct your attention and ease diagnostics. The main concern is that the engine is making a loud...
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So I recently left my 2010 Dodge Charger with out oil and it started a tapping noise inside the motor.
Hi there. When operating an engine without any oil in the oil sump (oil pan), then the bearings, rings, valves, and lifters will starve of lubrication and begin to tap and knock. The lifters were closed up causing the valves...
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I've replaced everything from tie rods, upper and lower ball joints, the whole cv axle including cv joints and boots, and I'm stil
Hello, thank you for writing in. The noise you are hearing may be a result of a wheel bearing or a shock issue. There are several tests that can be done while the vehicle is parked, and some while it...
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Knock when I turn the steering wheel
Hello, thank you for writing in. You will want to do a full inspection of the steering and suspension components. The CV joints can get damaged from sudden impacts such as you described. The axles, hubs, and steering components can...
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Sound coming from front wheel when driving / steering wheel vibration
Hello, thank you for writing in. When dealing with these types of situations, start with the simplest possibilities, and work your way up in complexity. Start by having the tires balanced. Make sure you have not lost a wheel weight,...
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My chevy hhr is having sluggish accerlation and knocking sounds in the front and rear wheels
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having engine issues, or it may be having wheel/suspension issues. The first thing to determine is if the noise occurs as long as the car is on, or if it...
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After changing leaky valve cover gaskets and oil, I'm getting a rattle under cover and oil light and buzzer is now on 2000 Chrysler Town and Country
Hello. If you are getting this light and noise then you have low oil pressure. I would drain the oil and change the filter as it is possible that you got a bad oil filter. If the problem persists then...
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Tapping noise when accelerating. 2010 Nissan Altima
Hi there - engine tapping noises under load are usually connecting rod bearing problems, although it is possible that it's just a weak valve lifter. Hard to say without hearing it. If you have a sound byte to pass to...
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Engine light was on it started with a slight knock on a cold morning. It didn't stop and it got worse.
Hi there. Depending on the sound of the knocking noise and where the noise is coming from on the engine will determine if the engine needs replaced or not. If the noise is near the top of the engine, then...
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Tapping noise when under a load.
Hi there. The sound that you provided for the tapping noise sounds as if your engine is dieseling when operating. This is a noise that occurs when the engine is either running too hot or has too much carbon on...
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Engine noise 2012 Toyota Sienna
Hi there - when the oil is changed, the first start-up afterward causes a real surge in oil pressure, enough so that the oil pressure relief valve is activated, and sticks open. (This is nothing the oil change people did...
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My truck is doing a very loud thumping sound and wont go over 25
In most cases a loud low thumping noise is an indication an engine main crankshaft bearing has gone bad or you are losing oil pressure in the engine. I recommend not driving the vehicle and contact a mobile mechanic like...
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We have a tapping noise coming from our 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan
Hello. If this noise is coming from the starter and it has been occurring ever since installing the starter then first make sure that the starter is securely mounted. If it is then it may not be fully engaging or...
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I'm looking to buy an 01 cobra but the guy selling it says there is a lifter problem. How serious is this and should I buy?
The lifter is not too much of a problem, but it could be costly to replace if you are having a technician replace it. You can try changing the engine oil and filter and running a oil treatment in the...
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I have valve lifter noise on the right side of my engine.
The lifter is tapping as either the oil pressure to the lifter has dropped or the lifter is sticking from old sludge build up from the mileage. Try changing the engine oil and filter and see if the lifter noise...
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Car has Knocking at startup... Sounds like a diesel 2011 Hyundai Elantra
Hi there - your engine, like many others, uses an oil-pressure operated mechanism, sometimes called a cam phaser, to vary the camshaft timing (aka variable valve timing). This mechanism delivers additional power and fuel economy for more recent engine designs....
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Will it damage my Honda Civic Hybrid 2005 engine to drive it with a bad lifter? 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid
Hi there - no, a tapping valve lifter won't cause direct damage per se, but will run less efficiently (on that cylinder) while clearance is excessive and tapping occurs. Since the lifters are adjustable, you would certainly want to have...
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Tapping on acceleration Honda hybrid.
Hi there. The noise could be from the lifters not filling up with engine oil until the engine is warm or the pistons have too much clearance causing a condition called "piston slap". Check to see what brand of engine...

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