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Tapping/Clicking noise from passenger side when driving in the rain at speed

When driving in heavy rain and at speed - usually happens on a motorway after driving alot of miles. Can hear an intermittent clicking/tapping sound coming from passenger side. (Type of noise that you get when a leaf is trapped on the fan) Sound can happen for a few seconds then stop for a few minutes then start again for a few seconds the maximum time you are likely to hear the sound for is 1 minute. We do not get this sound when driving shorter distances in the rain, even if we drive at speed. Car is a VW Golf SE 1.6 TDI (2010 model) Have tried turning off fans and air conditioning but still hear the noise.

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1. This could be because the fan motor is not workin. Check the fuse and check to see if you are getting power to the fan motor. If these checks are ok, then I would suspect the fan motor.
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A tapping sound could be lifter tick, or rod knock... if it goes away, what you have is lifter tick, check your oil, low oil makes it worse.

Oil pumps up the hydraulic lash adjusters in your valve covers, at lower RPMs, the oil pressure is lower and will not fully pressurize them. Try holding your rpm at about 3500 or so with the car in neutral (parked) and see if it goes away, it should.

In later years (I think starting in 97 or so) mitsu started using a larger bore so called "third gen" lash adjuster. They don't tick as much, but they still do at times.

The good news, lash adjusters are not THAT hard to replace, figure a set of 24 will run you less than 150 in parts.

The better news, it doesn't hurt anything, as long as you can live with the sound, there isn't any reason to change them.

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The fan assembly moved out of position during impact. Loosen the assembly, and remove for inspection. Sometimes leaves or debris come out of a vent during impact, and lie against the rotating squirrel cage assembly---thus the annoying noise.

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unhook your battery unplug the harness that's touchy get a sharp object that you can pry the connectors together with you will see them wide open crimp then tight enough to get a good tight fit, the amperage draw from the motor has stretched them out and when it gets warn with current passing threw it opens up and loses contact. while it's apart take a emory board and clean the flat spades on the other side so you have a good connection.

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