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Loud engine knocking

I have a 1993 Chrysler LeBaron. I was told it just had the heads replaced. It has a loud metal to metal knocking that gets louder with acceleration. I can drive it for a short time then it dies. Once it cools down it will start again. I pulled one of the valve covers and found that only one of the lifter appeared to be damaged. I do not have any fluids leaking - Oil, fuel, coolant. What is this I cant afford to replace the engine. Do i just replace the lifter? Do I need to replace the valves? Rod bearings? How do I do these things?

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Valve/lifter problem will certainly sound that way, however it should not necessarily make it overheat. You didn't clarify which engine it is, since valve covers could be removed easily, maybe 3.3? If there is a damaged lifter, then there is going to be metal filings in the pan, so if you fix the problem, oil and filter will have to be changed. It sounds like maybe they did not install one on the valves on that head correctly and maybe not the heads were installed right. You could even have piston damage from that valve. I would suggest that you take it to a mechanic to look at it if you are not capable of fixing it yourself. If you can't afford the repairs, there is always cars out there for that run good for what it would cost to repair yours if the motor has to be torn down. Rick

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