Close
Q:

What causes sudden loss of power, engine shaking and loud valve tapping? on 1996 Volvo 960

Rookie cbe0621eac06868b3efe0d8d1d3611e23c60d3114864ea2ec19a68cfbd3eebab
Getting on the freeway check engine light started flashing. Engine started running rough, with poor acceleration. When accelerating, can feel engine shaking. Idle surges. Valves tapping loudly. All symptoms occurred very suddenly. Car had no issues, idled smooth and ran quiet then boom.
(2) Answers
| |
flashing light means do not drive or u will cause futher damage. have codes scanned to determine misfire data or other codes
| |
Any time the Check Engine light flashes, it means that there is a misfire present that will damage the catalytic converter. As the previous answer stated, stop driving the car until you can address the misfire.

It also sounds like there is a mechanical failure if you are hearing a loud tapping sound. You should have someone familiar with these engines diagnose the problem. Has the timing belt been replaced within the last 80k miles? It is possible that the belt has jumped due to a mechanical failure of a timing belt tensioner, roller, or water pump.

We would be happy to look at it for you.

Thanks,
James
EuroAsian Garage
Seatac, WA
www.euroasiangarage.com
Qualified Local Volvo Shops
Qualified Volvo Shops For This Repair