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Tapping noise in the engine

I have a tapping noise in the engine. I can only here it when the vehicle is idling. Not sure if it gets louder when driving it

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  • Rodolfo Moreno Oct 17, 2008

    Thanks will be talking to the dealer

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That noise is most likely cam follower noise ( formally know as lifters), this is common but no normal, it should disappear after a few seconds when the engine is started, talk to the dealer about the noise, he may be able to help even if you are out of warranty.

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