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Trying to figure out where the knocking is coming from, on engine

Have a knocking coming from under hood. what could it be bad pulley,valve,rod,timing chain,belt, water pump,lazy lifter??? can you help just started n driving me crazy,, i'm disabled n need my car for transportation or else im stranded???

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Check your oil pump.when the oil pummp is not working properly.your pump could be dirty,

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It all depends how loud the knock is. A tapping valve can be caused by low oil level, or dirty oil. Topping up or changing oil will solve the problem. A really loud valve tapping is abnormal. Cars sometimes make what you call a spark knock when accelerating hard. Extremely loud knock coming from deep within the engine is a bad sign, which means the engine has failed. Further examination would reveal metallic residue on the dipstick.

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