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I have a loud tapping noise when im driving,it does not sound like a lifter, good it be a timing chain slapping?

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Maybe. If you have the 2.2L 4 cyl. they have a history of the timing chain tensioner failing. This will result in the timing chain to come loose and jump time. This results in head damage to the valves. If you have more than 60000 miles on a 2.2L engine you are running on borrowed time. It is not a case of IF it will happen, but WHEN. I had a 1997 Cavalier and it happened 2x. Once at 65000 miles (fortunately the thing broke as I shut the car off and no head damage), and again at 135000 miles....got the full monty that time as I was on the Interstate.

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Usually it is the rings from piston to cam that cause a loud chatter similar to a lifter tic on 4 cyl olny

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Check Utube for lifter tap, valve tap, and rod bearing noise. If you pull each spark plug one at a time, plugging it back in after each one, the tapping will go away if it's a rod bearing. At any rate, on your next oil change add some valve-medic or similar additive for valve noise. Make sure you follow direction or you will get massive lifter tap if you pour it into a cold engine.

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What motor is it? Some of the V-6's will always make the noise no matter what you do! Gotta love GM for this!

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It could be lifters but its more likely that your not getting oil to the top right away. Probably plugged oil passages in the cylinder head. Remove the valve covers and clean it out. Change your oil and see if it helps. The damage may alreay be done though

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