There is a tapping noise coming from somewhere in the engine

Tiny
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I have had the tensioners changed, glow plugs done, engine oil and filter changed, crankshaft pulley and belt. But when in idle it bad but when you rev it, then the problem goes until you let off and let it idle again.
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Friday, February 26th, 2021 AT 4:56 AM

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Tiny
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Can you get a recording of this noise? It sounds like a possible wrist pin issue inside the engine. This is the pin that connects the piston to the connecting rod so if this is clicking then it would fit when you are hearing this. Hearing the noise will surely help identify it.

Here is a guide that helps with these types of noises but again, hearing the noise is the best next step because what I am thinking is an internal engine noise and is really only fixed by replacing the engine.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/vehicle-scraping-noise

Let me know what you find. Thanks
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Friday, February 26th, 2021 AT 1:15 PM
Tiny
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This is the noise.

Kind regards.
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Sunday, February 28th, 2021 AT 4:34 PM
Tiny
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That might be a better one.
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Sunday, February 28th, 2021 AT 4:39 PM
Tiny
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Just to confirm it was the rapid tapping noise that you heard in second video when you were coming just off idle?

If this is the case that would be a bearing noise. With this be a diesel they are a noisier but that rapid clicking is a sign of a bearing noise. I would drain the oil and put it through a coffee filter and see if there is metal flake in it.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-change-engine-oil-and-filter

Let me know what you find with this.
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Monday, March 1st, 2021 AT 4:14 PM

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