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Car makes a loud clanging sound when started

My 1999 Cougar V-6 was running fine - good gas mileage - slight ticking in engine, but nothing else. One day as I'm driving home, the oil light started to flicker slightly, but it never stayed on for more than a fraction of a second. I pulled it over & checked the oil - oil level seemed to be fine. I tried restarting the car, but it was making such a loud noise so I turned it off. Had the car towed & the mechanic said the power steering pump was so loose bad it was barely attached. (Prior to this, I had absolutely no steering problems.) He replaced it with a used or rebuilt part (I really can't remember if it was used or rebuilt). The mechanic called and said the car still sounded really bad and suspected it was a rod bearing. He said I'd probably have to have the engine replaced, it would cost several thousand dollars to do so AND it wasn't worth it. I've taken care of my car - regular oil changes. The car is beautiful - no scratches, pristine interior. What should I do?

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That's a judgment call, that particular car is a nice vehicle and may be worth an engine change. You may have turned a main bearing but you could have had an oil pump go out, but odds are the motor will need to be replaced or rebuilt. You just have to determine if it is worth the cost of a major repair.

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