Engine Mechanical problem
2003 Chrysler Sebring 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic
I'm new here. I'm finding a heavy multiple noise in my engine top and it appears to be something of lifter, rods, valves problem. I'm not sure how to do it but I'm going to try. I have done several mechanical jobs but any advise would be appreciated. I'm a contractor not an auto mechanic. If I replace this stuff without taking the engine out, will that be enough? Thanks Marcel.
If possible, drive it to a shop where they can listen to the noise and give you a better idea what the noise is. Connecting rods are a big job that requires engine removal to get the crankshaft out. That's a job for an engine rebuilder. There are way too many things you can do wrong or not do to cause repeated failures.
Most of the engines don't use lifters anymore. They use " lash adjusters" that sit inside the " cam followers". Those are levers that the camshaft lobes push on to push the valves. The lash adjusters work just like tiny hydraulic lifters and they are housed in the tip of the cam follower and ride on the the end of the valve stem. About the only thing that could happen to a lash adjuster is they can develop a wear hole where they contact the valve stem and the oil leaks out. That allows them to bleed down and rattle. If they are all making noise, suspect a problem with insifficient oil pressure.
You could have a loose timing belt that is flopping against the cover. That is relatively minor compared to digging into the engine. That's why a professional opinion is a good idea.
March, 23, 2010 AT 5:22 AM
As being a boater and being stranded a few time and needing to get back to shore on my own steam, I went hunting and thinking about the simplest and cheapest resolution. After a few calls, I decided to change the oil again, several times and use about a liter of transmission fluid mixed with oil and after a couple flushes and zoweeee, it worked. (Make sure you let it run for 15 to 20 minutes. I then changed my oil and filter once again and it worked for less than 100.00. I wanted to post it on this site because you guys look like you really have something going here and others need the help for sure. Keep up the good work. Hmmmm I just got lucky wouldn't you say. Thanks for letting me share this with you. Marcel.
March, 23, 2010 AT 5:45 AM
Thanks for the tip. I actually saw a former coworker do that twice to clean excessive sludge on cars he bought. The additives in transmission fluid are different than what's found in engine oil. This is the first I've heard of it clearing up a noise.