Q: Noise in the frontal area off the engine near the fan

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after almost 100 km of off road travel, getting stuck, helping other by pulling them when they were stuck, in a lose sand area, when i arrived home, suddenly we are surprised by a a relative loud noise like something snapping and starting to knock in the frontal area off the engine, synchronized with the engine rotation noise. the noise i can describe as like if my engine was sounding like a Diesel engine, since my engine is a petrol one, the knock it makes is sound similar ( not in a literal way ) , but aware that it is something knocking. The car is moving, i can drive it, also i felt like it is somehow without his normal power, and seems being burning with some difficulty, some people say that may be a valve, or the timing belt, other may be the traction. Please Help me
My car has an automatic transmission.

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