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Cold engine tapping noise

Discussion in 'Engine Tech / Drivetrain' started by C0mradeAlex, Jan 15, 2011.



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  1. C0mradeAlex

    C0mradeAlex New Member 5+ Year Member

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    When the my civic starts up there is a tapping noise coming from the valve cover area. After about one minute it goes away as the motor gets warmer. I heard this is normal for high mileage civics and I shouldn't worry about it but i would like to get another opinion. Also The tapping noise frequency matches the engine rpm.

    1998 civic dx

    183,000 miles

    5 speed.
     
  2. 12.8:1 Ls/vtec

    12.8:1 Ls/vtec IT'S OVER NINE THOUSAND!! Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member

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    Its normal in the cold. My gsr does it for about 15 seconds until I guess it gets lubed up well.
     
  3. UCCRacing

    UCCRacing No Fun Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    It is a normal Honda noise...

    However some of it can be helped....

    New oil Pump and a valve Adjustment can help.....

    Also make sure you run a good quality oil, I prefer Synthetic for that kind of mileage...

    Stay away from:
    Fram Fileters
    Honda Filters (made by fram)
    Penzoil
    Quaker State

    Go with:
    Valvoline, Castrol, Mobile 1

    Filter:
    Purolator from Advanced is great and good price
    Most other filters are fine, Wik if you can find it is great

    These are my opinions and possible solutions but no guarantee ...
     
  4. C0mradeAlex

    C0mradeAlex New Member 5+ Year Member

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    Funny you say fram, because i just put a fram oil filter in last oil change, and since then this tapping noise has come about.
     
  5. Mad-Mike

    Mad-Mike New Member 5+ Year Member

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    Mine does the same thing and I got about 60k original miles.
     
  6. UCCRacing

    UCCRacing No Fun Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    :shock: Nuff said
     
  7. steviezee47

    steviezee47 New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    ^ :word:
     


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