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My 1998 Beetle has a louder pinging now at start up--it's gotten worse. It's from the engine and it rattles. What is this

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    engines don't ping on start up, they ping hot under a load, so you have so,me kind of mecganical noise like valve tappets, pistons, or bearings going bad. how many miles, oil changed every 3-4,000 miles?

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Most likely loose lifters. Sorry, don't believe there are any adjustments that can be made if this is the case. Remove the cap where you add oil while the car is running. Does the noise get louder the closer you get to the opening ?? If so, that's your problem. The engine could be low on oil, the oil used during previous oil changes has been the wrong viscosity (too thin, etc.), or badly worn if the oil hasn't been maintained properly. If the oil level is adequate and the noise is coming from the lifters about the only thing left to try is adding some engine oil additives to see if it quiets down the pinging.

You may want to try a fresh oil cahnge with the 5W 30 motor oil that's recommended, leave the fill a bit short, and then add an additive to quiet the lifters.

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