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Old 04-17-2004, 20:37   #1 (permalink)
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EL I6 Rattle

Hey all i have this rattle coming from my engine! Its been doing it for a while now, just noticable if starting in front of car, but lately it seems to be getting louder. I can notice it in the car now, and seems to get a tiny bit louder when the revs rise.

The sound seems to be like a metal vibrating on another piece, but its fairly quiet, but enough to make me wonder what it is.

The noise seems to be coming from the front of the engine, under the rocker cover.

Should it be anything i should worry about?

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Re: EL I6 Rattle

The most likely cause will be a broken timing chain guide, I'd suggest removing the rocker cover and inspecting the plastic guides, while you are there check to see how much slack is in the chain itself. Other than that it could be a lifter, idler pulley, its really something you have to search for with a screwdriver to your ear
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Timing chain

it will rattle until the guide snaps off then your really stuck

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ah ok! so removing the rocker cover would reveal this? Where bouts is the guide? whats it look like?

also taking off the rocker cover, do i have to replace the gasket? Also new bolts or reuse them?

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Re: EL I6 Rattle

take the rocker cover off, then at the very front you will see the timing chain, there are 2 grey plastic guides, that tension/direct the chain, look down (although i think you can only see one)


The rubber gasket is re-useable and so are the bolts
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thanks mate! if the guides are broken how much are they each? hard to replace?

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Re: EL I6 Rattle

I paid around $110 for a full kit - guides, chain, tensioner etc
Not extremely hard to fit, Buy yourself a workshop manual or do a search on here, quite a few threads on it
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yeah i got a workshop manual. Do i have to reaplce every part you mentioned or just the guides?

how long will it take to do?

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the guides will do ... also removing teh radiator to do this job will make everything a lot easier
u wprolly will only need teh right and left guide ... thats it ... i paid 50 bucks for both guides and took me and afternoon to do
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Make sure it's not simply that the tensioner's blocked :)
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