Click/flick/spark coming from front passenger engine area.
I noticed the click/flick noise first, then open hood and could see a spark near the belt area. (Belts changed in January '09) Spark also visible while kneeling and looking through right passenger wheel well. So I had a non-dealership garage troubleshoot and change spark plugs. 1 week later, spark/noise is back, now the check engine light is on.
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if the noise is definately from the front engine timing chain cover area then the first thing i would do is remove the auxillary drive belt/fan belt then start the engine to see if noise is still there? if so the only option is to remove the front engine cover and from remember you may have to remove the cylinder heads also, even remove engine for access\,big job, the engine is normally a bullet proof unit, if the oil has been changed at service advised intervals then the hydraulic chain tensoiner etc should be ok and most noise problems at the front of engine area are caused by. ie. belt tensioner, air con compressor,pas pump etc. so if noise goes when aux belt removed look at the that area. hope this helps.
start with premium gas or injector cleaner, could be a low octane ping. this may be hard to diagnose with out hearing the noise so the other thing i would have you do is remove the belts and run the engine. sometimes when a bearing in an alternator, idler pulley, a/c compressor or belt tensioner goes bad they can make a clicking noise. try to listen if the noise is coming from the belt area, the transmission area or some other spot. spin all the pulleys with the engine off and wiggle them to see if any are bad
Turn your A/C off, the compressor can make noise if bearings are dry or system is low on compressor oil. Remove your serpentine belt. Turn pulleys by hand to check for roughness. Bearings in those pulleys routinely go bad. You may get computer warnings with the following test, but with serpentine belt removed, run engine for 2 or 3 minutes. Do this on a warm engine after serpentine belt is removed. The warm oil will not mask the problem like cold thick oil can. Noise generated means problem is internal. If this is a stick shift transmission sometimes the clutch bearing can make noise and is a sign that bearing is bad.
If it's leaking that bad, open the hood take off radiator cap and fill with water (without making a mess and spilling a bunch. Then simply watch for where the leak is at, if it's leaking from a hose, the radiator, or from around the area where the belt is located on the passenger side of the engine compartment. If it's leaking from the passenger side around the belt area your water pump is the most common cause. They are made so when the bearing wears out around the shaft the pulley bolts, it has what are called weep holes and the water just runs out to tell you to replace the water pump.
Yes please keep me informed. It is odd that a big place like Goodyear would pull any nonsence. I would say more to the coinsidence theory on this one. Of course they hire sub contractors to do there mechanical stuff so who really knows. If the mechanic gets a salary and a commsion then anything is possible. You might grab the front of the water pump and shake it back and forth and see if there is any play in it. Your uncle will know where to do this. Its up by the fan on the engine. I am not saying you don't know to and i am not trying to insult your intelligence. Just making sure. The water pump should not move at all. If it is going out then under more pressure from the AC might cause it to make noise only sometimes. Just another thought. The Raz
Hi, First of all if you are talking about the 2 fans in front of the radiator, they do not come on until the engine warms up and gets to a certain temperature. As far as this rattling noise, I would have someone help you by giving it gas as you try and locate the noise. It could be something loose not related to the engine. I am not sure about the rough sound you heard, but I would keep looking for it if this continues. Shastalaker7 PS Be sure its in park and the brake is set!
yoy could have a bad t belt tensioner or bad t belt pulley. get this looked into right away. you have what is known as an inteference engine. if you lose that belt for any reason, it WILL drop a valve, and your're looking at a lot of money for an job.