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Taping noise when I start the car

Every time I start my car a tap sound comes from the bottom of my engine I think it,s the conection of the starter and fly wheel

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  • Anonymous Oct 29, 2008

    I was having the same problem and after about a month the crankshaft censor went on my car.. so becareful with that.



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Oo i had that problem with my dads chevey and mi eclipse.. its a 300 dollar repair i forget wat it is its a few bolts that arent tightend and something its really loose

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