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    Angry Speed dependant tapping from engine

    Hi all me again, noticed a tapping noise that seems to be around offside of engine, sounds like tappet noise and increases with speed, can also hear at idle, with radio off it is very noticable, last oil change was 7 months ago and was slightly overfilled by dealer by only 3mm, have tried some Wynns Hydraulic Valve Lifter cleaner today and drove about 50 miles but still the noise is there what do you guys recomend i check, will record sound later on and post a vid. If this is another problem that needs the garage to fix i regret to say it but it will be traded in and after all these years of being a loyal vx customer we will not buy another vx again.

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    Could be the alternator mate.

    I had a tapping noise like yours and when I investigated it was more of a sparky/clicking noise and the alternator was on the blink (luckily it was reconditioned with a years warrenty and had only been in the car a few months).

    HTH's

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    I have the same when i start my car up and drive it.... but it goes away after about 5 mins....
    I read on another forum if you use less thicker oil as some oils are quite thick and when you start it up it takes a while to pump round the engine....

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    noise is there regardles of how long i have been driving, hope it is the alternator as it's covered by waranty. is the alternator at the offside of the car

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    Quote Originally Posted by nokiaman1978 View Post
    noise is there regardles of how long i have been driving, hope it is the alternator as it's covered by waranty. is the alternator at the offside of the car
    Sure is, between engine and airbox

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    forgot to say this morning starting car at was a bit lumpy and a big plume of white smoke bellowed from exaughst, but has been fine rest of day, this is only the second time that has happened.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ5DO5oQslE

    This is at idle, turn up volume, dont worry not one of those scarry vids.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PouHCpyFf6Y

    another vid with bonnet up, while i was out hear a an octivia ideling and it sounded just like mine, but i still have the speed related rattle i can hear from within cab.

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    anyone had a look yet, im paraniod with the slightest noise from this car it has already failed me twice since ive had it, want to make sure if anything is wrong i find it before my waranty runs out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nokiaman1978 View Post
    anyone had a look yet, im paraniod with the slightest noise from this car it has already failed me twice since ive had it, want to make sure if anything is wrong i find it before my waranty runs out.
    I could be wrong sounded like water pump/ pully bearings type of noise to me

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