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I changed oil in my 2001 izuzu rodeo and after it makes loud skreeching and knocking what could it be

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  • meloco1 May 11, 2010

    By loud screeching and knocking does it sound like a midget is in the engine with a ballpeen hammer? More knock that screech and localized on the front passengers side of the engine?

    If so it is more than likely your timing belt tensioner dying a slow (or maybe rapid) death. Not an easy change but a diy'er can do it if they have some mechanical knowledge. Get a kit on ebay for the timing belt and water pump (might as well change it while you have the front cover off the engine) for around 120-150 bucks. The tensioner sells by itself for around 80 bucks. Getting the cam banks to line up on time is critical. Make sure the cylinder on the front drivers side is at top dead center and the cam mark and engine mark match (remove the plug and insert a 6" socket extension to better tell if you have to). The bottom crank mark is a bugger and using a large make-up mirror with a handle works wonders and keeps you from hiring a circus contorsionist.



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Changing the oil is simple procedure.
it more sound like you left some thing close to a moving part.
Check over the engine very carefully. Around the belt area, by the fan.

Try to pin point the noise and add more information. Then I will try to gave you a better answer.

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