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Old 30-07-2003   #1
Neil
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Strange engine noise

I have just bought a Fiat Brava S 1996 model last weekend. Driving around is fine, but on some journeys I hear a kind of metallic "ticking" sound when I'm using the accelerator. If I release it, the "ticking" sound slows down so I figure this is something to do with the revs. But it just doesn't seem a normal noise - especially when most journeys don't have that noise.

Any ideas on what it could be?

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Old 30-07-2003   #2
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Re: Strange engine noise

Engine size and mileage?
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Old 30-07-2003   #3
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Re: Re: Strange engine noise

The mileage is 57800 and the engine is a 1.4. Sorry, I meant to say that!

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Old 30-07-2003   #4
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Re: Re: Re: Strange engine noise

Most likely is the alternator. Could also be cam tensioner or camshaft.

First job would be to make sure the little fan on the front of the alternator is not bent.
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Old 30-07-2003   #5
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Strange engine noise

I'll take a look, but if it was the alternator, wouldn't it do this on every journey? For me, I only get this noise on SOME of my journeys (which is the strange thing!) - and it might have gone away if I turn off the car for 5 minutes and then come back to it.

In fact, yesterday, when in a traffic jam, I switched off the engine and then turned it back on and the noise had gone away although this could just have been luck.

Anyway, thanks for the tips, I'll take a look. It's very weird, that's for sure!

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Old 30-07-2003   #6
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Strange engine noise

It will be heat related, something is expanding/contracting and hitting something else.

It could always be something like a worn tappet. I think the 1.4 is well known for bad oil flow to the head.

How black is the oil?
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Old 31-07-2003   #7
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Re: Strange engine noise

my car has a ticking sound too.
i have been told by 2 sources that it is normal and it is the fuel pump.
drive your car in 5th gear slowly and then pump the accelerator open and closed, not so as to make the car jolt, just listen for the noise increase in relation to how far your accelerator is pressed and not your engine rpm.
fuel pumps do make a slight noise especially when running at full flow i.e. 100% throttle
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Old 31-07-2003   #8
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Re: Re: Strange engine noise

I get a similar noise from my HGT, i just thought it was my exhaust, maybe i'll have another check.
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Old 01-08-2003   #9
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Re: Re: Re: Strange engine noise

I cant hear nothing except my exhaust.

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Old 01-08-2003   #10
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Strange engine noise

Take your gf's tits out of your ears then
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Old 01-08-2003   #11
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Strange engine noise

I know I could count on you for any type of advice.

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Old 01-08-2003   #12
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Strange engine noise

Tom - well said. I liked that one a lot.

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Old 01-08-2003   #13
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Strange engine noise

Maybe he will let us see them one of these days!
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Old 01-08-2003   #14
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Strange engine noise

hmmm tomorrow's Kylie Friday right?

but Uncle Nige wouldnt let us anyway.

nah naahananahaa

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Old 01-08-2003   #15
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Kylie Friday right?

Man that makes fridays worth while
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