Last post on Nov 09, 2011 at 12:50 PM
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#3 of 4 Re: 1996 chevrolet cavalier 2.2 liter engine noise [dailydriver1]
Jul 21, 2008 (8:03 am)
it is not always the timing chain tensioner. i have a 97 with a 2.2 with 116,000+ on it and i have the same problem, but it isn't the timing chain tensioner, it's the lifters. when you first start the car, it's fine, after about 5 min then you start to hear the noise, and i have checked it out only because i had the same problem with my 93 duster.
#4 of 4 Timing Chain Tensioner
Nov 09, 2011 (12:50 pm)
Hope you have taken care of the problem. I have the same engine in a S10 with 214k when the tension device disintegrated. It was running a little rough at idle like yours. Anyway it had a small piece of metal get caught between chain and a gear caused the flywheel key to shear and bent every valve. I can do the labor myself but still cost around 400 to fix a low dollar item that maybe should be replaced at 100k. I have had this engine completely disassembled and think it is well built on the inside. On a side note I also installed a cheap Hydrogen Cell and boosted my gas mileage tremendously.