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Hello all, I have a 2001 Bullitt with only 80,000 miles on it, well taken care of. It now has a rattle noise in t he engine. One place says nothing is wrong, next place said timing chain, third place said may be but not sure, a wrist pin and replace the engine, 4th place couldn't figure it out and also said replace the engine. Replacing isnt an option due to collectible and I want numbers to match. Rebuild would be considered but that is very expensive to get done and not comfortable without anyone even knowing the problem spending that kind of money. The last person said it comes from the back of engine when he uses the stethoscope. Is anyone able to help with having the issue with theirs and know what it actually may be? I have a video but do not see a way to attach. .
 

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Does the noise go away when I push in the clutch or rev the engine to 3000rpm
 

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Does the rattle change with engine speed?
 

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Lots of possibilities. Some not that serious. Based upon years (not really about miles), I would be really suspect of the timing chains guides. They are plastic and break down over time. If coming from the back of the engine, I play with the clutch, as chrisW suggested. May be the throw out bearing and not the engine.

Yep, you need more information before you yank the engine. But, If you end up pulling the engine, I would have it rebuild by a reliable machine shop. (Which brings up the next question, where is a reliable machine shop?)
 

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If what Jack and Chris say are not the problem, I would pull the valve covers and check the lifters and rockers. With the covers off you might be able to see if the timing chain is a bit slack, indicating chain guides. Differential diagnosis, eliminate the possible by starting with the simplest area of trouble. If you hear hoof beats, it's probably horses, not Zebras. Good luck.
 

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..... I have a video but do not see a way to attach. .
First, upload the video to a site which can give you a link for the video.
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Lots of possibilities. Some not that serious. Based upon years (not really about miles), I would be really suspect of the timing chains guides. They are plastic and break down over time. If coming from the back of the engine, I play with the clutch, as chrisW suggested. May be the throw out bearing and not the engine.

Yep, you need more information before you yank the engine. But, If you end up pulling the engine, I would have it rebuild by a reliable machine shop. (Which brings up the next question, where is a reliable machine shop?)
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If what Jack and Chris say are not the problem, I would pull the valve covers and check the lifters and rockers. With the covers off you might be able to see if the timing chain is a bit slack, indicating chain guides. Differential diagnosis, eliminate the possible by starting with the simplest area of trouble. If you hear hoof beats, it's probably horses, not Zebras. Good luck.
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First, upload the video to a site which can give you a link for the video.
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Here is a link. I hope this gives someone an idea.
 

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I will check and let you know. Thank you!
I havent found anyone to come and check yet. But I have had this three different places I would think they would have looked at that?? There's no chance you know anyone specialized in these around Apopka FL?
 
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