Q: Fuel filter failure or timing chain?

asked by on

A couple months ago when I got in my car to leave work my car was making a Awful rattling noise... That evening I checked the oil it was empty I had no previous trouble with oil leak, I was about 1000 miles over due on oil change.. Had a family member who's not a mechanic but fixes a lot on cars look at it had him to change my oil and filter.. A day or so later the noise stopped he said that the timing chain gasket blew off.. I had two different mechanics to look at it and said its not using any oil that was a couple months ago since that happened... They think that the oil filter gasket blowed or either busted.. I did hit a rather large pot hole that caused my car to scrape on the way to work that morning.. He is adimatr that he seem the gasket cover hanging from the timing chain... Car has been driving fine the only noise you can really hear is from the compressor when you turn the air off it stops... Neither of the other mechanics looked under the car just inspected it from the top.

My car has 215000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

I’d suggest to have a mechanic do a complete under car inspection. You need to verify what your friend said about the timing cover gasket coming off, as this may be a problem that needs fixed immediately or not. The running of the engine with little or no oil may have done some internal engine damage. However, if it is running quiet, then just maintain the oil level and change it as necessary. Running the car without oil can damage the bearings.

Get the inspection done to make sure everything is okay and so that you get some piece of mind. You may have just damaged the oil filter when you hit the bottom of the car or damaged something else which is why a full inspection is necessary.

If you decide to get it looked at, consider enlisting a certified mechanic who can perform the necessary checks to properly diagnose the rattling noise. An accurate repair can be made once the issue has been pinpointed.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Fuel filter failure or timing chain?

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: Radiator leaking

With the radiator leaking, I would refrain from driving the vehicle for fear of overheating the engine and causing further damage. Radiator leaks are a common issue caused by excess heat and pressure inside the radiator. I would recommend having...

Q: Transmission

When replacing the transmission, it's actually the easiest and best option to replace with the exact same transmission. Just make sure to get a high quality new or rebuilt unit, or if you insist on a used transmission, get one...

Q: nissan sentra 2001 break and engiine lights on

Hi there. The warning lights on today's cars, trucks and SUV's are triggered when an on board sensor detects a fault within an individual component or vehicle system. When the ECU on your vehicle discovers a fault, an error code...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.