1997 Mazda MPV 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 150000 miles
For a while we have heard a knocking sound while driving which gets faster as we accelerate and assumed it was the infamous mpv lifters knocking. Since we have been faithful with timely oil changes we assumed it was still the lifters ticking. However, a friend who heard us drive up one day said it sounded like a rocker arm problem. Last week we were on the freeway when the knocking became very loud, we lost compression and barely made it to an exit (no shoulder on the highway because of snowdrifts) where the car died and smoke was billowing out of the hood which appeared to be black (assuming oil). Are these symptoms of a rocker arm failing and if so could it have caused major engine damage in the process? The car still acts like it will turn over to start but we don't want to do any further damage. Any advice would be much appreciated.
have the same problem?
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 AT 1:38 PM