2002 malibu LS, 3.1 V-6, 62,000 miles
I was on a return trip from a conference, highway travel, engine started making 'clicking' noises (sounded like valves and/or lifters). Shortly thereafter it stalled out on low rpms. I was in live traffic with no shoulder. Had to restart and drive, which it did, but would not idle. No indicator lights on and engine temperature was at normal.
Travelling to nearest exit clicking got louder, then 'bang'. I made out the sight of a few pieces rolling off the highway behind me. And the engine died.
Pulled onto shoulder and unable to turn engine over. Checked around front end of car. No leaks or obvious holes etc.
Is it likely the timing chain snapped. Or worse. Engine seized.?
What am I looking at for repair or replacement costs. Funds are pretty limited right now?
Any help and/or suggestions would be much appreciated.
Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 AT 2:50 PM