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Re: forgot to put my oil cap back on.
You need to get under your car and find where the oil cap fell. I have pulled many of these fantom noises out. They are usually at the bottum right above the egsaust pipes. where they cant fall to the ground. And may have some what melted to the engine. Did you go out and buy a new oil cap. Shou should have. Because on the new overhead valve engines, without a cap you are throwing oil out of the engine and making a nasty mess to clean up. Let me know how it goes or if you need more info.
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if it's getting hot also [ i guess if its getting hot it should be leaking out the overflow tube] i would think it's a worn radiator cap or check the oil for water in it [look on dipstick for cloudy looking oil] blown headgasket. radiator cap easy fix. blown headgasket, mechanics expensive fix
Uhh there are no rods in the head. That dealer has a loose rod in his head maybe. The crank, rods and pistons are all in the bottom end of the engine. What it likely is is either a broken piston skirt or a spun rod bearing. Spun crank bearings are rare and sound deep. A spun rod bearing can be fairly quiet on idle depending how bad it is worn out, but it will be really loud on acceleration. Piston slap from a broken skirt can be pretty loud too but it mostly sounds like diesel rattle only a bit less. Some have described it as a loud pinging sound like detonation. Drain the oil and check for metal debri. If you can tilt the vehicle a bit for the oil to drain more towards the drain hole that could help. Then look for metal pieces and judge their size. There should be NO glitter whatsoever in engine oil, or any kind of debri. Now a rear end or transmission is different. Those always have a little metalic sheen to them. Best of luck.