Rattling noise

Tiny
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  • 1998 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
  • 2.2L
  • 4 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 60,000 MILES
While driving started hearing a rattling noise from under the hood. When I came to a red light the car turned off and now it wont start.
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Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 AT 5:59 PM

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Tiny
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Check belt and tensioner you may have broken it both should be replaced at same time. Then check your battery for condition including load test most places do for free
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Thursday, February 25th, 2016 AT 6:11 AM
Tiny
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Makes a horrible noise when trying to start. I really need this car fixed, it's the only vehicle for my daughter and 2 kids.
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Thursday, February 25th, 2016 AT 6:20 AM
Tiny
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This cold be anything and because I can't really hear it have a local pro take a look at it
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Thursday, February 25th, 2016 AT 6:29 AM
Tiny
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God willing someone will come see it today since it is not driveable
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Thursday, February 25th, 2016 AT 6:32 AM
Tiny
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Have you tried disconnecting belt to see if noise stops? If it does then it's accessorie drive problem like pump/ power steering/a/c or alternator. If it's a/c pump then you'll have to reroute belt to drive and that is hunt at auto parts to make a new belt fit.
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Thursday, February 25th, 2016 AT 6:36 AM
Tiny
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Thank you, as a women I wish I knew more about cars. Going to wait and see if this mechanic shows up. I noticed that when I try starting it the temp needle move quite a bit.
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Thursday, February 25th, 2016 AT 6:52 AM
Tiny
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The temp gauge moving really wouldn't mean a lot right now unless it's very hot when you shut it off. Most gauges move when you start then go back to wherever the temp is in your case.
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Thursday, February 25th, 2016 AT 9:39 AM
Tiny
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Ok, thanks again. Still waiting
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Thursday, February 25th, 2016 AT 9:44 AM
Tiny
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Well this guy came out to look at it, says he thinks it's the timing chain. How do we know for sure.
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Thursday, February 25th, 2016 AT 11:42 AM
Tiny
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Timing chains make a bunch of noise especially if the tensioner has broken or the chain wore out. Unfortunately it has to be disassembled to see if it's in time or not. If the check engine light is on sometimes if a scanner is hooked up it will show a code like a P0341 and the car will run like crap.
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Thursday, February 25th, 2016 AT 11:58 AM
Tiny
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It started rattling a lot before stopping on us. He checked the spark plugs and recapped them, got under car said belt and tensioner looked good. Can you tell me is this costly? Fingers crossed
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Thursday, February 25th, 2016 AT 12:08 PM
Tiny
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This is best checked locally, but around 6 hours labor what ever hourly rate is plus parts which may be around $100 or so I'd say around $500-600
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Thursday, February 25th, 2016 AT 12:58 PM

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