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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-16-2005, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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1st of all hello to everyone,i am a frequent viewing but 1st time poster

i have a yr 2000 318 ci

it needs your help!!!!

in the morning after a long night in the garage,,when i start the car,,it sounds like the 4 cylinder 318 i that it should be,,sounds just dandy
after the oil has heated a bit,it gets a bit rattly..
if i turn off the car and wait 10,20,30 40 minutes etc,,,,,when i re start it,,it rattles like a diesel...all from the top end,,,,but not like a click,,like an injector
it rattles like the hydraulic tappets....
if i allow the car to cool for a few hrs,,when i re start it,,it sounds ok again..

i have re placed the oil 4 times in the 3 mnths since i bought it...
i have put in 0w 30..5w 30...15w 50[to try a thick oil]
and have now put back in 5w30...all being castrol or mobil synthetic oil

by replacing the oil,it all sounds ok for a few hrs,,but then it is back to normal
a rattle on start up...
the car itself goes like a dream looks like a dream
what should i do???
get new hydraulic lifters?? or do i need a whole rebuild? the cam sounds ok,,,the is no constant ticking sound when driving ,,,just a tappety sound at low tick over,,when i drive it,,it has all but gone,,maybe a small ticking,,only to my ears

help me before i go tappety mad!! ghead

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You have the case of the "Tell-Tale Heart"? (Poe, 1843)

Man, I'm no mechanic and have NO IDEA what is wrong. Only thing I can think of is perhaps, if still under warranty, take the car to the dealer, have them do a full diagnositc on her. Have you had an inspection (service) yet? Now I'm just pulling this out of my ass.. maybe busted valve springs? stuck? I honestly have no idea man... never experienced this, sorry.

Still though, you sounded like the character from Poe's short story.


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