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Why would a 95 Chevy Cavalier with a 2.2 engine make a very loud tapping sound?


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2011-09-13 17:14:59
2011-09-13 17:14:59

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

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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

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