Knock knock! Engine knock.

Discussion in 'Drivetrain' started by ForeverDriven, Nov 29, 2019.

  1. ForeverDriven

    ForeverDriven New Member

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    Just bought a 97 GT for $2600 (basically $2k for the car itself because it came with winter tires, rims, etc). Has some knock, but here is my trouble.
    It's random.
    The car makes the sound under half of the time, and goes away fairly quickly too, which makes me think bad damage hasn't really been done yet. It's that high-pitched rattling that sounds like something's just loose and banging around.
    Any suggestions for the cause? I'm just a teen who messes around with his cars. I've heard of simple things like carbon deposits or timing chain stuff, or worse things like bearings. Worse case scenario, I just take the engine out over the winter and have it taken to a shop, but I'm curious as to possible causes.

    If anybody is wondering why I bought the car at all:
    1. I'm an idiot and have never heard high-pitched engine knock. Thought it was just a loose part or something ‍♂️
    2. Everything else on the car works perfectly, not even a light. Perfect leather interior and everything. Only problems are a scratch on a rear quarter panel and reverse being tricky lol.
     
  2. ttocs

    ttocs Legend

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    Where is the noise coming from? I recently had a cat converter go bad and start rattling/knocking. IF I put my head under the car I could tell it where it was coming from.
     
  3. 96blak54

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    Be sure the oil isnt drowned with gasoline. Super thin oil can cause alot of problems.
     
  4. ForeverDriven

    ForeverDriven New Member

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    All good guys. Turned out to be a loose exhaust header.
     
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    Sounds like a cheap fix. Win!
     
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  6. ttocs

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    its times like this you consider locking header bolts. Installing them is when you consider going with out the locking part.......
     
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