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NOISE COMING FROM ENGINE

1991 Ford Focus • 4 cylinder FWD Manual •

My Ford Focus ghia saloon started making a 'galloping horse' noise suddenly yesterday which increases on revving. Any clues as to what it is?
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Janeyh
April 3, 2011.



Sure this ain't a Mustang? Lol! CHECK YOUR OIL, 1st thing! Do you have oil pressure, has light or gauge indicated none? If so do not run it! THIS IS A BAD THING! IF YOU DO HAVE PRESSURE. If in park/ neutral and your buddy increases the RPMs, can you determine where/ what area, the noise is mostly coming from?---I may not be able to assist you the rest of the way (I do not know your rig) someone who does will surely, jump in here too!----Anything lead up to this problem--Lack of oil? We need to know HONESTLY what the deal is to help you efficiently. Please respond with Mega-Detailed info--We like that, and will not have to drag it out of you a little at a time, under the bright, beaming light bulb!--Your Turn--The Medic


Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
Apr 3, 2011.
The oil was changed at the service in December, so its not the oil, I might be a woman but Im not stupid lol. Yes its a Ford Focus and yes I have pressure, there are no lights on in the car indicating anything.

The noise is coming from the cam area of the car and increases on revving, whether parked in neutral or increasing in speed, plus it seems to be intermittent, as in its not there ALL the time, but most of it. The only thing I can liken it to is if there was something caught and flapping against something, but it really does sound like a galloping horse!
Cant really give anything other than that. I am gonna have someone look at it on Wednesday, but in the meantime I am not gonna drive it.


Tiny
Janeyh
Apr 4, 2011.
Not driving--Great idea! X-Evil female was driving our Cutlass about 1990 "I" had changed the oil several days before--Suddenly Low on oil on Saturday, My Weekly Routine Oil Check Day for all of our vehicles. Rock or road debris knocked a hole in her oil pan. No light or gauge to show any problem---SHE WOULD'VE DROVE IT TILL THE WHEELS FELL OFF. CRAP HAPPENS. YOUR OWNERS MANUAL, MOST LIKELY SAYS CHECK IT ONCE A WEEK---"YOU" OR "SOMEBODY"---THE SERVICE GUYS WILL TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR "BAD THINGS", IF IT "KICKS OFF". IF YOU ("THEY") ARE DOING 5000 MILE DIPSTICK CHECKS, OR EVERY 3 MONTHS. AND THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES CHECKING. REALLY NEED TO BRUSH UP ON THAT PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE. MIGHT SAVE MR. ENGINE IF YOU CATCH PROBLEMS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. JUST TRYING TO HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF. NOT A "MAN THING".I DO THIS TO ANYONE WHO THINKS THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO OPERATE ANY MACHINE, SPARE NO ONE! YOUR TURN--THE MEDIC


Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
Apr 4, 2011.
Oil is checked every weekend along with water levels, tyre pressures & screen wash. As I said before I am NOT stupid, Ive had a car of some sort for 26 years since I passed my test and its the same routine that Ive gone through in all that time. In addition I have a friend who is a mechanic who checks the brake fluid every few months too, along with brake pads and clutch, which is why my 10 year old car has never failed an MOT. I have also checked under the car for signs of a leak. I wont drive a car that has an unexplained noise coming from the engine as it would be madness to do so, and could mean further damaging something that is already damaged and perhaps lead to a breakdown.
I was merely posting on here to see if anyone had a clue, but I am taking it to the professionals on Wednesday and I am sure that it will be sorted out then.

Thanks for your 'input' however.


Tiny
Janeyh
Apr 4, 2011.
Your response of, "The oil was changed at the service in December, so its not the oil", really sounds like so many others I have seen 1st hand. Like being at the auto parts store and watching someone pour in 3 quarts, to get it to the "safe mark" (Sorta never pulling that dipstick till something bad starts happening!).I sorta understand your situation with your driving history, that you responded with. Still, you must insure someone does your services and checks, If you cannot---As I do for my Mama (Late Dad and I have run her thru the drills of "Overheating", "Oil Pressure", "Flat Tires", over the years--What to do, where to stop safely, when to immediately shut car down, when you "can" squeeze in an extra 1/4 of a mile to be in a safe place). Mama and my Wife, both let me know when it's time for oil changes (I make labels for all of our vehicles. Just an example of "Better Remembering") I place the labels, DIRECTLY UNDER THE ODOMETERS ON "ALL THE VEHICLES I AM IN CHARGE OF"--There is no excuse, not to see it constantly, and EZily compare it to the Odometer. Pics below are of MY DAILY DRIVER 1977 JEEP CJ 5 (MR. JEEP) and my 1946 WILLYS JEEP ("WILLY")---Look at Speedometers on both. Without a narrowed down, "WHERE'S THE RACKET COMING FROM?"; I could name off a bunch or stuff that could make a "clatter" or a "gallop" sound---people interpret sounds differently.I am so sorry I cannot say, "Its the 'Gizmo' push the purple button, 3 times and it will be fixed!".I cannot. It probably would be "SMART" not to drive it, until someone can determine if it's SAFE FOR YOU TO OPERATE, and will not COMPOUND A REPAIR BILL, IF YOU CONTINUE, TO DRIVE IT! Please do return with info and we can try to help---or at least let us know what the issue was. The Medic (this is my hobby)


Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
Apr 5, 2011.