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Engine noise This car has less than 100,000 miles, orginal owner. The engine has a noise that sounds like something knocking.

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  • bkerl Feb 03, 2009

    We checked for that problem, wasn't it.

  • bkerl Feb 04, 2009

    Thanks, we will try anything!

  • bobscamry Feb 05, 2009

    My 1998 Camry has a LOUD clanking sound coming from the engine. Also around 100,000 miles. It seems to run fine, but the sound is so loud that it's obvious that something in the engine is broken. Paid a local mechanic $65 for a diagnosis. He claims it needs a new engine which he says he can get and install for about $1500, but he'll want to do it in my driveway to avoid having to deal with sharing the job with the shop he works at. Not sure if I can trust him, not to say anything about warranty or the condition of the replacement engine he would be putting in there. He offered me $500 for the car, but I'm more inclined to get it fixed since I really like the car. Asked a really competent shop about a replacement and they quoted about $4,000 ... way over my budget and probably about what the car may be worth all total. Not sure what to do from here and would appreciate any feedback at all. Thanks.

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If its sounds like its under the valve cover then it would be a valve lash adjuster on the rocker.

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    James Bradburn Feb 04, 2009

    Have you checked to see if its coming from your alt, because when the bearings start going out on them they tend to give off a knocking noise that sounds like its the engine. Place your hand on it while its running and see if you can feel the knocking rythem.

  • James Bradburn
    James Bradburn Feb 07, 2009

    i wouldnt go with changing engine in drive way because he dont want to share money. Just because you have a knock dont mean you need a new engine. Let me know if you still need info on this.

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