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Please help! I have a 1999 grand am that when I start it the vowls rattle really bad and when I pull it in gear it dies....any advice on what it could be will be greatly appreciated.

I was on my way to work yesterday and it didn't want to take the gas, it lined back out then on my way home it did the same thing and the vowls started rattling and now when I pull it into gear it shuts off. It won't even start now.....please help!

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Sounds like timing belt or chain issue. Not really sure l follow the symptoms.

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This may not be valve noise, either you are lethally low on oil pressure because of inadequate oil or the oil pump may have failed.
If it is that loud, it is more likely connecting rod knock.

You need a tech to check before even trying to start it again, you could destroy the engine if you try restarting it several times before some things are checked first..

Posted on Feb 11, 2015

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    If there is no 'check engine' light lit, you will need either a scanner ($30-250) to retrieve trouble codes from the computer or a gauge must be attached in place of the oil pressure sensor, in other words there isn't much an owner can do to find the source of the noise. It won't be free but you need a tech to come and check to see if the car is drivable enough to bring it to a shop or needs to be transported. Sorry-

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