Metal grinding sound from engine

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by piperspost, Dec 7, 2007.

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    piperspost Guest

    When I start up my 1993 Honda civiv ex I notice a mtal grinding sound
    coming from I think the engine. When I am driving the car I am also
    noticing the sound ...could be the belts or is there something wrong
    w/the engine???
    piperspost, Dec 7, 2007
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    motsco_ Guest


    Hmmmmmm. Oil light burnt out last year ? ?

    Seriously, look inside the distributor for red dust (rust). Report back.

    motsco_, Dec 7, 2007
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    Brian Smith Guest

    Have you opened your hood to see if anything is amiss?
    Brian Smith, Dec 7, 2007
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    z Guest

    Could be anything. Worse/scariest sound I ever heard was from under
    the hood of a Prelude like 82? 84? which sounded like it thrown all
    the rods, not just one. Worse, because it was a friend of mine's and I
    was just about to return it. turns out, I had left it with the (huge)
    hood up for a while when I went in, and the wind had slammed the hood
    shut and folded the support rod in half, so that the new elbow on it
    was just long enough to clang on a pulley.
    z, Dec 10, 2007
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    piperspost Guest

    The problem is now fixed, it ended up being an idle pulley
    piperspost, Dec 11, 2007
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    jim beam Guest

    thanks for posting follow-up.
    jim beam, Dec 12, 2007
  7. just had the same failure on my 98 civic.

    I replaced the idler pulley several years ago, with OEM parts ($65 IIRC).
    This time I went aftermarket, $38.

    Be sure not to overtension the belt.

    loewent via, Dec 13, 2007
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