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Check engine light came on garage says lambda sensor so fitted new one. now exhaust smelling - extremely stinking hot under passenger seat near battery. Engine tries to cut out when ticking over - gets right to bite and then picks up. Suzuki carry 1.3 van 2001 have ticked 'Swift' as no 'carry van' on list

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Check whether your Catalytic converter is clogged. does the emission smell like rotten eggs? also when accelerating check the output on the end of your exhaust is strong or poor.If so the cat is the fault thats why you had Lambda sensor faulty.

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SOURCE: Rapping/ticking sound in my 2001 Chevy tracker engine.

does it go tick tick tick tick and when it warms up it stops or goes quiet?
its your lifters not getting enough oil
when u change your oil it will stop till that oil gets worn out
you will have to replace the lifters or it can also be a slack oil pump not pumping oil around the engine like it should

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SOURCE: will any other radiator fit a suzuki carry van

unless seriously can have your radiator rodded and cored...usually carrying a better or equal warranty to new and costing much a good radiator shop in your area

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SOURCE: Ticking noise in engine

May be mice, but I had a truck that did that from a worn speedo cable.

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SOURCE: toyota mr2 roadster 2001 engine light on code po141 oxygen sens

bank 1 will be whichever side cylinder 1 of your engine is and bank 2 will be the opposite side. It's named bank 1 and bank 2 so that no matter how the engine is laid out, bank 1 is always on the same side as cylinder 1. I cannot say whether the right hand or the left hand one will be bank 1 as I do not know where your cylinder 1 is. The garage should know

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SOURCE: Suzuki Vitara V6, MAF sensor, white smoke.

i have a simialer problem but i was getting neat fuel out the exhaust as well . i removed the engine because id got a replacement then stripped the old one and as i thought it was a valve timing problem.looking at the engine from the front the cams on the left bank had jumped one tooth out of time so fuel was not being burnt and coming straight through the exhaust.strangely it didnt seem to have a big missfire and idling and smoke got worse when warm.

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