I have the same motor in my 95 cav. it does it, i think its a lifter, but my aunt bought a 2004 cav. it started tapping at 24,000 miles. mine has over 175,000 on it. sorry i couldn't be of more help. Tim
I also have a 95 Cavalier with a 2.2, and the car has made a disturbingly loud tapping since I bought it 3 months ago. Last week, the tapping became louder and constant, and about 10 miles later, it stripped the timing gear. The mechanic said that I had a sticking valve, and that 2 pistons had not been firing for some time (I'm sort of upset with the shop that performed a tune up 2 weeks ago, You'd THINK they'd have noticed!). You might want to get it checked out. Oh, it DID last for 240K miles. Steve
Engine rod? Engine bearing?
The loud tapping sound can be caused by a complete heating of the engine. Worn tappets can also cause the tapping sound.
that year had the jet engine option
It turned out to be the alternator going bad. Replaced alternator. No more growling.
chances are good in your 1996 Chevy lumina if there is a slight tapping noise, check the oil. it may be low, or you may need to add a thicker additive. good luck!
A tapping noise might come into the engine because of heat damage to the lifters of the motor. You might also hear a tapping sound if the engine has been damaged due to a blown head gasket.
The audible warning sound, for your 2000 Chevy Cavalier, can be fixed by replacing the sounding device. The sounding device can be purchased at most auto-parts stores.
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The noise has been coming from the engine for the past week and I have been told it might be the oil pump not providing oil to the sump. The tapping sound comes from the engine and increases when i change into a higher gear and drive faster. Please help!
Sound like your fuel/air ratio is not correct.
If the ticking sounds like a "normal" ticking, it is probably the fuel injectors.
does the sound come from the engine,or the radio???
The A has a short A sound, and the I has a short I sound.
can you elaborate? engine noise? stationary/moving? ticking, tapping or a definite knocking?
The 2001 Chevy Cavalier may need a valve adjustment. Loud valves tend to create a clacking noise which could mimic popcorn popping.
A "clacking" "tapping"sound
because you suck at driving it
No. There is only a short A sound and a short I sound.
Not to worry it is the valves in the engine tapping because there is not enough oil pressure yet for the fluid lifters to take up the slack in the valve train, that is why it goes away after a few minutes and also why you should always let your engine warm up before driving. a rod nock
it might be a bent piton rod if you or water or somthing into the engine
piston tapping, change your oil from 10 30 w to 5 30 w, that fixed my tapping sound. when the engine warms up it goes away?
In most cases, you can tell that your lifters are bad, in your car engine, by the ticking noise. A bad lifter will make a tapping sound.
Typically vehicles that use hydraulic lifters & have more miles on them, tend to have a tapping sound until the engine is "warmed up." The hydraulic valve train is designed to eliminate the gap at all operating temperatures, though overtime the lifters wear out and don't fill with oil as quickly resulting in the tapping sound you hear until the engine has warmed up, and the lifters have been properly filled and lubricated.
Location of clicking sound not stated but: My 95 S-10, 4.3L engine was clicking when it was running. Turned out to be the fan tapping against the fan shroud, motor mounts were wearing, causing fan to hit this shroud. This may be your problem but you didn't state what area of vehicle sound comes from.