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My car makes a tapping sound when i start it
1999 Ford Explorer

My car makes a tapping sound when i start it

(1999 Ford Explorer)
Repeated tapping or knocking when i start car then it slowly fades ones i start to drive what is the problem
How long have you had this problem? 1 week
Tags: ford, explorer
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on February 05, 2019
Hello, if the tapping noise is coming from your engine, it could be the sign of a serious issue occurring due to a lack of internal lubrication somewhere. The trick will be to find out if it is due to an upper engine or lower engine noise. You could have a concern with the valve train (you did not share your engine size, so I cannot comment more specifically), you could have a lower end noise with main crankshaft bearings or connecting rod bearings. You could have other internal components making noise.

You absolutely should seek local professional guidance on this to determine the proper diagnostic step depending on the noise.

Beyond all: the simplest thing you can do to ensure you have done all you can: ensure your engine oil and filter have been changed -- preferably with a Motorcraft oil filter to eliminate that variable and also the proper grade of oil for your vehicle as per the owners guide. Even the wrong oil grade can cause some noise. And definitely oil level can.
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on February 05, 2019
Hello, if the tapping noise is coming from your engine, it could be the sign of a serious issue occurring due to a lack of internal lubrication somewhere. The trick will be to find out if it is due to an upper engine or lower engine noise. You could have a concern with the valve train (you did not share your engine size, so I cannot comment more specifically), you could have a lower end noise with main crankshaft bearings or connecting rod bearings. You could have other internal components making noise.

You absolutely should seek local professional guidance on this to determine the proper diagnostic step depending on the noise.

Beyond all: the simplest thing you can do to ensure you have done all you can: ensure your engine oil and filter have been changed -- preferably with a Motorcraft oil filter to eliminate that variable and also the proper grade of oil for your vehicle as per the owners guide. Even the wrong oil grade can cause some noise. And definitely oil level can.
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