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Q: Tapping noise when accelerating. 2010 Nissan Altima

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My car gets tapping noise when accelerating from stop. Once it pick up speed it doesn't do that. And the noise also comes back when going up hill. I have checked oil level. It is good. Please let me know what could be the problem. I can upload a clip of sound as well. Thanks.

My car has 58500 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there - engine tapping noises under load are usually connecting rod bearing problems, although it is possible that it’s just a weak valve lifter. Hard to say without hearing it. If you have a sound byte to pass to us, that would help a lot. Otherwise, I recommend an engine noise inspection performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, and give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

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