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Old 05-10-2008, 11:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question nasty sounds from top front of motor

My 82 E21 has started making some wicked noise from the top front of the motor, it sounds like real bad valve chatter, or timing chain rubbing something. I removed the valve cover and everything seemed OK and the sound stopped after a few minutes, what could this be?

Has anyone else had this happen?

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You say sound stopped after a few minutes. Do you mean permanently stopped? Did it stop after you removed and replaced the cam cover? How many miles on the engine?

If there was a foreign object in there, it could have been caught near the timing gear, or a rocker. If you didnt find anything, that doesn't mean it's gone. It may have settled out of sight.
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I was thinking it may have been something in there. I am swapping the starter right now (unrelated issue) so I won't know for certain if it is gone for good until then. i'll post after I get it running tomorrow.
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Have the timing chain and tensioner been serviced?
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