I have a 2003 pontiac vibe, and I maintain it very well. however lately when I first start it up, more so when it is cold out side, it has a rapping sound coming from the front of the engin. as the engin gets warm it quits. I check underneath the engin and it is not a rod knocking. I am pretty good a fixing stuff but I doint like ripping in to somthing without knowing what causing the problem. I think it might be the timing chain tensinor.
noise in engine on 2003 Pontiac Vibe
by bigdodge in Indian Trail, NC on February 12, 2011
ANSWER by Tyreguy , February 12, 2011
More than likely, you are experiencing (and hearing) a 'dry start' due to the cold temperatures. Its simply a lack of oil getting to the valve train due to the oil being 'thicker' due to extreme cold temps. Its a very common issue.