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Rattling in engine

I'm getting a rattling noise from what seems like the timing chain. Has anyone else had this problem? My car almost sounds like a diesel! Is there anything else it could be?

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My car had been worked on by its previous owner and he replaced all the rocker arms,valves, and push rods, but didnt put the head on perfect and it caused one of the rods and the rocker arm to break to a exhaust valve and created a banging noise that made my car sound like a diesel. I hope I understood your question.

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