Q: I have a tapping noise coming from left side of motor on top while pressing the gas on cold starts.

asked by on

When I push the gas to accelerate in the morning or during a cold start period I hear a tapping noice only when I push the gas. Has been going on for about 2 months now. Oils never been ran low and I use 2nd grade gas. It idels fine with no taps at all or even revving the engine while in park it still doesn't tap. But if I put it in gear and take off it'll start tapping while I'm pressing the gas.

My car has 197234 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. The most common cause of this noise in your vehicle is a leaking exhaust manifold. It is common for the bolts on the rear of the manifold to break, causing a small leak. Most of the time you will hear it in park, but if the leak is very small you will not hear it until you start driving which puts a larger load on the engine. If the exhaust manifold is fine then it may be caused by a lifter that is collapsing. I would usually pull the valve cover off to inspect the rocker arms for looseness. If it is loose then it may need a lifter. If you plan on having the vehicle looked at as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose the source of the sound.

Was this answer helpful?
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. I have a tapping noise coming from left side of motor on top while pressing the gas on cold starts.

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: My car won't go in 2nd gear

If you can select all other gears but 2nd, then the issue is likely to be internal to the transmission (as opposed to the clutch). To be sure, the external shift mechanism should be inspected but if that checks out,...

Q: Q: cylinder 2 misfire.

Engine misfires can be caused by many different things, but there are a few suspects that occur more than others. Generally, misfires are caused by either a spark or fuel issue or in cases, a combination of both. Spark related...

Q: Q: Speedometer broke.

The vehicle speed sensor (VSS) is the most likely cause of your inoperative speedometer. The powertrain control module (PCM) uses the VSS signal to determine the control of outputs such as speedometer operation. The VSS circuit or speedometer gauge could...

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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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.