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    My baby's poorly

    When starting from cold I'm getting a bad "tapping" noise coming from the engine, which gets worse when I rev it.

    Once up to temperature, the noise goes away.

    Going to have to pop her into vx tomorrow to take a listen but by the time I've driven to them, the noise'll have gone away!

    Any ideas anyone?

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    Record it on your mobile if you have this facility.

    or

    can you leave it with them overnight.

    I wish I could help with a diagnosis, but it's difficult without hearing it. I know, this is what Vx are going to say. You may have to leave it with them overnight.

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    I never thought of recording it on my mobile.

    I'll give it a go and let them hear it.

    I've only had the car 7 months, hopefully it'll be warranty...... :s

    Thanks

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    Yeah, should be warranty. But you may have to wait until they can get you in a courtesy car as I reckon they'll have to have it overnight.

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    I'll have a word with them. I'd rather not carry on driving it about in case it does more damage. I'll pop up there tomorrow at lunch. If they've got a courtesy car then it means that it can sit all of Sunday so more chance of getting a noise!

    If not then I'll just have to wait! I forgot how self-conscious you get when your car sounds like it's falling apart to everyone around you!

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    The most obvious cause that springs to mind would be a failing/sticky tappet.
    I would assume they are hydraulic, and it sounds as if one of them could be sticking when it is cold and the oil is also colder and thicker.
    This is also assuming the tapping is coming from the top of the engine.

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    Yes it sounds like one of the hydrolic tappets is short of oil when you start up, it is normally the one that is the farthest from the oil pump, and also if you have a few miles on the clock, have you got the correct grade of oil in, if it is still under warranty then vx should put it right,

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    I've never touched the oil as it doesn't use any!

    It's still got 9,000 till its next service. Only got 21,000 on the clock!

    Still under warranty - I bought it 7 months ago when it was 11 months old, so should be a warranty job, well - here's hoping!

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    It's all booked in for Monday night - with a courtesy car!

    Having to pay for insurance on the courtesy car though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamant
    Having to pay for insurance on the courtesy car though
    Why? Are you under a certain age?

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