Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car not idling correctly.

asked by on

I have something hitting my passenger side valve cover in the side while idling.

A: This sounds like something in the valve tra...

This sounds like something in the valve train may have been damaged. I would recommend having a professional from YourMechanic come for an inspection on your vehicle to find the noise. The technician should remove the valve cover and examine all the springs, rocker arms, and push rods for damage. If any parts are broken, severe engine damage may have occurred. It is possible that the broken parts can be replaced and the engine run good but if not engine replacement may be necessary.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How do I open a driver's side door when the closing latch is broken?

If the latch itself, the one bolted to the inside of the door, will not grab the hook on the car body, then the latching mechanism may be the part that needs to be replaced. Sometimes dirt and grime can...

Q: No fire when starting my car

Hey There: Sorry to hear about the problem you're experiencing with your 97' Pontiac Firebird. What you're describing actually happened to an acquaintance of mine last year. He tried every trick in the book, including the "gas in the spray...

Q: Engine clicking and shaking

Hello. The symptoms you describe can be caused by a few different things. A few possibilities are an exhaust leak, or some sort of engine performance issue, such as a misfire. If the noise appears to be coming from the...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...