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    tapping noise

    I have recently purchased a 1999 2litre 16v with 63k on clock and after a few weeks i have noticed a tapping noise from the engine wen i start the car but this goes after 90 secs.

    Any ideas ???????

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    Could be a sticky valve lifter? When was the oil last changed and do you know what grade was used?

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    full service was done at 51k so i guess it was changed then, i was told by my local vauxhall garage to use 10/40w

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    How long ago was 51k? I suspect 10w/40 is the correct grade.

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    according to the service book end of november 2009

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    Only other option is a gasket leak which closes once the engine gets a little warm, that type of issue can cause ticking noises.

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    expensive to fix or not??

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    Would depend on the gasket but if it were this I doubt it would be expensive at all.

    I'd try to find a local member who would be able to listen under the bonnet etc. when you start it from cold - I chased such a ticking noise thinking it was a valve lifter, turned out to be a tiny hole in the inlet manifold...

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    sounds good, chees mate

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    probably tappets, mine does it for about a second or so wen i turn engine over.
    1999 Vauxhall astra G 1.6 16v

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