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Tapping/ticking noise when rpm goes above 2000 with check oil warning on my chevrolet lumina ls 2005 model

The oil and oil filter was changed but did not have any effect. once the vehicle goes above 2000 rpm the ticking noise starts wit the check engine oil warning and the ticking noise is constant even when the engine is in idle. if you don't go above 2000 rpm there is no ticking and no warning, even if you drive above 100 kph. in morning when u start the engine the warning comes on for a few seconds but goes away. the mechanic who changed the oil said it may be a bad oil pump. any suggestions or help would be appreciated. the vehicle is a chevrolet lumina ls 2005 model with almost 200,000 miles run.

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  • Rizk Jan 14, 2013

    the tapping/ticking noise is louder on higher rpms and is coming from the front top side of the engine... from the right side (if you are looking at the engine from the front)

  • Rizk Jan 14, 2013

    sorry it is the left side... if you stand infront of the vehicle looking at the engine then the noise is from the front top left side.

  • Rizk Jan 15, 2013

    after changing the lube oil & filter and the transmission oil and filter the sound has gone but the check oil comes on and off specially while braking or driving slow. it goes away when the speed is above 30 kp/h. and there is no tapping / ticking noise, i've not driven it with rpm greater than 2000. the idle rpm is just above 500 rpms.

  • Hector L. Morales Jan 16, 2013

    Price will depend on labor rate in your area and will vary from shop to shop. To get to the pick up screen you will have to remove the oil pan. I strongly advise having the oil pressure check first.



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You will have to take an oil pressure reading and compare to specifications. It could be that the pick up screen is plugged. Do not drive the car as damage to engine will occur.

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  • Rizk Jan 16, 2013

    thank you for your reply. can you tell me how to unplug/unclog the pickup screen or how much would it cost to have it replaced? thanks again.



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