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My Renault Clio 1.6 16v 2000 has started making a tapping noise from I think the top of the engine. Oil is topped up and no decrease in performance. Just tapping away! Any idea's and would it be an expensive job?

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Hi, just because you topped it up will oil it do'snt mean the oil good. the oil could be 4 years old and full of sludge the oil pipe filter filler can be partially blocked ( in the sump), the oil releif vale can stick open and pass oil back to the sump. the oil filter (changable external) can be partially block. to test oil is free to circulate START ENGINE TICKING OVER and TAKE THE OIL FILLER CAP OFF to see if oil comes out of the ROKER COVER. if not then the above applies

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Testimonial: "Thanks, I will check this, Just a thought, I recently added an oil additive that can repair seals in the engine. Could this have caused a blockage?"

  • Gazpower Sep 09, 2010

    Thanks, I will check this. Just a thought, I recently added an oil additive that can repair seals in the engine, could this have caused a blockage?



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