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A real Bad tapping noise

Heres what happened.. some body didn't put the cap on the radiator properly and yes the car really over heated... it was driven a couple of kilometres back home and now there is a real bad tapping noise coming from the top of the motor, I have a suspicion that the seals on one or more of the tappets (lifters) has been damaged (basicly cooked) or the worse case is that the aluminium head has been warped. The Head gasket seems to be okay, no water in the sump & water vapour spewing out the exhaust its summer in Australia at the moment

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  • Jayjayjo Oct 05, 2008

    I forgot to ask... any ideas what it could be?

  • Jayjayjo Oct 06, 2008

    Thank you Just,
    I will be change the oil this weekend, as of now the car will be driven twice a week and it will be the shortest of distances..


  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    this car has developed a fairly loud tappet noise. oil is at the right level but it seems that one of the lifters has lots it prime, and nothing to check how much oil pressure the head is getting



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Yeah it is your heads if there is water vapor coming out your heads are gone out not the gasket but the heads themselves and it is a very long process to replace them unfortunately as for the noise this is actually a seperate related issue due to the over heating the lifters are probably stuck also since it got really hot the oil most likely has broken down so I would also change the oil is there water in the oil ?

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