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Oil light came on and there was a moaning tapping noise....... then the check engine light came on... then there was only a slight tapping sound... i added a qt of oil and tried to drive the car home and the engine stopped. the commputor check on the engine said the crank angle sensor was bad along with the egnition sensor. If it is only sensors where did the noise come from?

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    Becky Zaddack Sep 26, 2009

    the car has only 160,000 on it and i had it for over 100,000 of them. well taken care of with sinthetic oil it was not running hot and there were no smells or smoke (steam) when i opened the hood. It was a service computor check but i don;t have the code numbers.

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Was the oil low before you added any? What computer check? You went to a shop to have it scanned? Have the code issues repaired first then move on to the noise issues. Not a very new car I hope your not the original owner because you should not have these problems if you maintained it over the years and don't have 250,000 miles on it. If that's the case get rid of it

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Hi There CITM,

It's unlikely it was only the sensors. The noises were probably the result of running the engine while low on oil.

How low was the oil before you added the quart?

Did the level register on the dip stick?

Did the engine over heat?

Does it turn over when you try to start it?

There are so many possibilities. The more detailed a description, the better we are able to provide help. So please comment back with the answers, and anything else that you noticed or happened recently

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HI tapping noise came from lack of lubrication to the lifters and crank possible engine damage.

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  • jesus Rojo Sep 26, 2009

    HI do you remember if it was cam or crank sensor code


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