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Loud tapping under valve cover
Hello. If the noise is coming from under the valve cover I am certain there is an internal engine problem in the cylinder head. The easiest way to test engine internals is by performing a compression test. However, a compression...
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Tapping noise at high rpm only.
Hello, thanks for writing in about your Ford E-150. The noise may be the engine is pinging from pre-ignition. This can be due to ignition timing that is too far advanced. Another possibility is that the EGR valve is not...
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Weird tapping sound when turning on heat or seat warmer.
It sounds like it could be the blower control module in the dash. It will be hard to get to and you should have a technician repair it.
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Slight tapping after overheating.
The freeze plugs were designed to pop out if your coolant froze to prevent damage to the motor. They do not come out from overheating. The leaking water from the freeze plug means that it rusted out from the inside....
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Tapping sound near brake pedal.
The clicking noise is one of the relays under the left side of the dash cycling on and off. I have seen aftermarket alarm relays do this and this may be the reason it is killing the battery. Most factory...
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oil pump drive
Hello there, thank you for asking about your 1993 Pontiac Grand Prix. The pump is self priming. If the red Oil Pressure Warning Light is not on, there is sufficient oil pressure. When engines are assembled, the oiling system is...
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Tapping problem
Hello there, as the vehicle ages and goes up in mileage it is not uncommon to hear a tapping noise such as this. Many different things can cause this noise but in all cases the noise is not normal. The...
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Torque converter vibrates - 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 2500
Torque convertor "shuddering" is a cycle where the torque convertor tries to lock up, can't, and re-cycles repeatedly. General Motors has a service bulletin - TSB Reference #3438A, that addresses this issue. Discuss this issue with your dealer.
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Engine makes tapping sound
The design of this engine often leads to sludge build up, even when regular maintenance is performed. This can cause oil restriction. The hydraulic lifters inside the engine are oil dependent, and will not "pump up" without proper oil supply....
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Rocker arm would i know about it or car be normall
A broken rocker arm would definitely make a lot of noise and cause a constant misfire in the cylinder it is related to. My best advice would be to hire an experienced technician to look over the work to see...
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Noise after oil change
Hi, thanks for writing in. I'd be happy to offer my insight. It seems that the oil pump lost its prime when it drained for 8 hours with the oil filter off. I recommend removing the oil filter and filling...
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Engine makes tapping noise, exhaust blows bluish smoke
If you are burning oil and you have a noise in the engine, then you need to have the noise checked to see if it is coming from a piston. You may also have valve problems and oil getting through...
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Timing kit squealing after new one was installed
It sounds like something might have been misaligned or not installed correctly during the previous service. I would recommend retracing your steps to see if any steps were not done properly or if any steps were missed. I would go...
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The engine klunking and tapping, needs engine replacemet
The reason the shops told you to replace the engine is that they do not overhaul engines. They can only replace it for you with a remanufactured or used engine. An overhaul is a third option but would most likely...
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Ticking and knocking sound and follows as the rpm's increase.
I would have to listen to the noise firsthand to know for certain. However, one guess is that the noise you're hearing is from the valvetrain. Valvetrain noise, such as worn lifters or misadjusted valve clearance, is generally characterized by...
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My car started running louder than normal about 2-3 weeks ago and I can not decipher why
Two possible sources of the engine noise should be ruled out first and those are exhaust leaks and possible bearing failures (causing noise) in any of the belt driven accessories. When the engine is cold, you can quickly "feel" for...
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I have a 2011 Ford Fusion that has a tap/knock while idling. Normal for this motor?
Hi there. Typically this is normal for this engine. The design of the valve train causes this engine to make more noise than a lot of engines, but it does not create any issues. The fuel injectors tend to also...
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Loud lifters. No power 2008 Ford Fusion
Hello - the lifter noise and loss of power are, I believe 2 separate issues. The noisy lifter problem is somewhat common on this engine - sometimes caused by poor oil supply (oil sludging). The loss of power issue is...
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I hear a knocking sound coming from the engine.
Hi there. The sound could be the lifters sticking and not getting oil to them. This would be for the noise lessens as the rpm's goes up. Add 1 quart of ATF Type F to your engine oil and run...
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Loud, grinding noise notice when I start my car.
Hi. These cars have a know problem with the push rods and or the lifters going bad causing knocking and tapping noises. There is also the possibility that the ball bearings in the alternator or A/C compressor are going bad...

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