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    i have a sri 20 turbo with a rattle on cold start up it lasts for about 5 10 seconds then goes had this problem before and the dealers replaced cam tensoiners and timing chain but now back again its booked in again on wednesday the rattle sounds like theres no oil getting to the top of the cam for that short time on cold start up any ideas welcome before wednesday as what it could b the cars a 55 plate

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    Quote Originally Posted by sriturbo20 View Post
    i have a sri 20 turbo with a rattle on cold start up it lasts for about 5 10 seconds then goes had this problem before and the dealers replaced cam tensoiners and timing chain but now back again its booked in again on wednesday the rattle sounds like theres no oil getting to the top of the cam for that short time on cold start up any ideas welcome before wednesday as what it could b the cars a 55 plate

    Are you sure it's the cam chain that's rattling? Could it be the auxiliary belt with its pulley and tensioners that's causing the rattle? Is it a rattle or a 'twittering'? I've had my auxiliary belt and cam chain replaced so I know what a pain it can be. Mark (GSI 3.2) and Duncan are the experts; they were so helpful to me. All I can say is get it into the dealers and get them to sort it. There's quite a lot of stuff on here about this.

    Try this for starters

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    diffo a rattle and had the chain and tensioner replaced in may

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    Sound's like your hydraulic lifter's are draining of oil as long as the noise goes away after a few second's it will be alright try an oil and filter change with a flush put through first that may help !!!!

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    easiest way to know is check if their is any water on the bottom of your dipstick at cold, and also check your trottle body for oil their should be.

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    is it a new bi fuel vauxhall?

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    sounds like the cam tensioner is draining of oil...if it's only on startup and doesn't reappear during driving, then it'll need to be looked at again ASAP..if it's while driving then it's new chain time..

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    its had new chain and cam kit fitted in april this year ive just dropped it of at vx in derby so they can start when cold in mornin let you all know wot they say tomorrow

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