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Old 05-30-2011, 01:13 AM   #1
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A couple of days ago, I started hearing this "click-click" coming from under the hood. It varied with engine rpms. Then I noticed the idle was low. The next morning, it turns over but doesn't start. I suspected the PCV valve, but replacing it didn't solve the problem. It sort of acts like a fuel or vacuum problem. But is vacuum that important on an EFI? And the only way I know to check fuel is to turn the key and listen for the fuel pump, which I will do shortly. I was hoping someone here might be familiar with the symptoms;i.e. the "clicking" sound, the low rpm.

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Old 05-30-2011, 12:02 PM   #2
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Check the oil level the clicking noise is most likely your lifters.

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Old 05-30-2011, 02:50 PM   #3
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Oil level is fine. As a matter of fact, I changed the oil maybe 2 weeks ago. I am going to assume that lifters can go bad anyhow. If that's the problem, is it something I can take care of with your basic ratchet and socket set?
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Before you go off tearing into the engine you gotta find the root cause of the engine clicking. If it is the lifters you will need to back up the prognosis by hooking up an oil pressure gage to the engine. The problem may not be limited to the lifters, the lifter noise could be just the symptom. The real culprit may be a bad oil pump or poor circulation within the oil pathways. If you can get your hands on a good tech book, with a decent ratchet set you will be able to fix the problem.


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I've got a new development. A: when the engine "turns over", I don't hear any noise. B: I had somebody turn the key to "on" while I stood over the gas filler and heard no "whirr" of the fuel pump. I'm thinking I should investigate the fuse(s)/relays associated with the fuel pump first. Only I'm not even aware that there is a way to test a relay and the fuel panel door only shows glyphs which are supposed to tell you what fuse is what. (I bought the car used without an owner's manual). In a way it's good news because I think I can handle the labor of replacing the fuel pump.
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Its a good idea to start at the fuel system , yes there is a way to test a relay or any relay for that matter by using an old school method with simple connections and a test light. To test the relay first remove it from the fuse/relay box. Take any copper wire you have lying around and strip it, remove a single hair strand but make sure it covers the height of the relay. Take the strand and make a few turns around the first pin on the coil side of the relay, take scotch tape and stick the excess strand on the exterior of the relay. Do the same thing on all 4 pins of the relay until you got 4 strands of wire sticking out on both sides of the relay, but make sure that none touch each other. Re-connect the relay to its post, turn the ignition on and with a test light you can probe the copper strands on the power side and switching side to see if it works.



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