Looking at a 2004 mazda6 and seems great except for noise
This does have 109,000 miles (but I thought (hoped) mazdas had the kind of engines where this would not be a concern :))
The car had not been started for a few days and when they started it for me, there was a valve clatter/ticking noise. It went away and when started the next day wasn't even present. Is this something I should run from and not buy the car?
Re: looking at a 2004 mazda6 and seems great except for...
I just brought mine in under warranty for the same problem. it is most likely the purge valve like mine. mazda replaced it and it does the same thing. it is nothing to be worried about it is just the sound of the valve opening and closing. these are great cars.
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lets break this down ,there is a little sensor on the air intake known as the air filter [i hope you have changed] it detects the amount of air flowing into the engine.it can be faulty.2if your weather is good for a long time little rubber joints get dried up and like to make noises but sometimes its good to get them checked out,adrian
I would check to see if your distributor cap has a crack on it somewhere close to the diodes,and you can check for a bad plug wire also,I do this when its dark so I can locate it easier,most of the time its the boot that is dried and cracked,amd is arching on the eng. block.
If it was your cranshaft making that kind of noise.your motor would have frozen up already.it seems more like a tranny problem than an engine problem. Take it to a good mechanic. It sounds like your tranny is about to go.
Invest the <$30 US in an aftermarket service manual for your car.
Haynes or Chilton (same publisher) will have one and you will find it a great way to answer those kinds of questions and maybe, save you from an unscrupulous service shop, if you can check the book to see if the problem they want to fix can have anything to do with a failure you are experiencing.
You can buy these on line or at any auto parts store.