I started noticing a tapping sound, over a three day period it got worse-almost a knocking sound. The idle became really low so that when I stopped at a light or stop sign it would die. Then, the last time I drove it, I couldn't get up to highway speed, so I parked it.
All the plug wires have "fire" and the distributor has fire. When we unplug the 1 plug wire or the 2 plug wire, there's no change in the engine. When we unplug the 3 or 4 wire the engine dies. Also, the plugs at 1 and 2 are clean, while 3 & 4 are relatively dirty.
A friend suggested that it might be a rocker arm or rocker arm assembly.
Other symptoms that may be unrelated: overheating, oil leak, loss of coolant(don't know where it's going), some smoking, a/c and heater don't work.
If you can help me, know that I am illiterate when it comes to engine terminology--please be very specific and simplistic as possible.
P.S. I would love to make a donation to you guys if you can help me out, but I also want to let you know that I was just laid off. I'm a truck driver and the company I was working for is going out of business. So now I'm jobless and without transportation. If anyone can point me in the right direction, your help will be very appreciated.
have the same problem?
Sunday, September 16th, 2007 AT 9:30 AM