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My 98 Camry has a tapping sound from the engine as it runs. Is this normal? It sounds like the pistons.

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Well that is not normal go to a nearest mechanic and then advise them to check the valve of your engine maybe it needs some adjustment. And check the oil level of your engine also.

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