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    Eek Noist from Cambelt area!!!

    Hi Guys,

    Had my cambelt kit installed by an indepepandant around 6,000 miles ago.

    All has been well, but noticed in the last few days, there is a metallic chugging noise coming from that area, its not like a pinging noise, its deeper and more hollow.

    The sound is very hard to describe, but it is there with every full turn of the engine.

    Goes worse under acceleration.

    My dad has taken a look, and suggested either alternator, or something to do with the rollers the cambelt are on.

    I'm trying to get hold of this guy pretty urgently now, but was wondering could anyone shed any possible theories?

    Really worried as it has suddenly got worse today, and definaltey noticeable.

    Any feedback would be greatley appreciated.

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    Possibly the water pump has not been checked and has failed

    With the cambelt cover removed is there any sign of water or with the car left overnight is there any water under this area of the car?

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    Havent seen any this evening,

    But the engine has been warm after driving home from work.

    Will look under this area tomorrow.

    Surely if the water pump had gone, it would have done a fair amount of damage when it seized up?

    I'm a bit worried now, as it's my only way of getting to work for the rest of the week, and I have just started a new job!

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    I had a similar noise which turned out to be the water pump (as diagnosed by Drinky), pump and cam belt changed two weeks ago and the noise has gone. The water pump on the 1.8 is driven by the aux belt which surprised me, I thought it was the cam belt !

    That was at 72k miles and it was the original pump.

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    Thanks for the advice guys,

    Would you say it's safe to drive it like this for the remainder of the week?
    Obvioulsy i dont want it to blow, and cause worse problems.

    Had cambelt etc already done.

    The pump issue may explain why it has drank more coolant than normal of late perhaps??

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    It is recommended to check the water pump when the cambelt is replaced
    Some people simply prefer to replace it, as the cost is about the same

    Typically if the water pump fails then all you get is a metallic tinkling noise
    When it compeletely fails this can result in a loss of coolant from the seals around the water pump housing and even what may look like head gasket failure as the coolant level rises and drops unevenly when the engine heats up and cools down

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    Thanks,

    Been into local garage today.

    He took Alternator belt off, noise was still there.
    He thinks either Cambelt pulley/tensioner,

    Or more likely failing water pump. Been advised not to drive far in it!!

    So the new cambelt etc. All has to come back off again!! Wish i had of known that the water pump is normally changed as well, as i would have had this done!

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