2005 Avalanche White Xterra S 6MT
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: West OK
Loud Clicking from Front of Engine
I’m 4 hours away from home on a job (literally in the middle of a pasture) and I have to drive about 5 miles from the hotel to the rig. The X has been doing fine & running great; when, suddenly, a loud clicking began when I started it up to leave last night (very noticeable). I had to drive to town yesterday afternoon to use the hotel’s WiFi to download a few files too big for my phone’s hot spot & filled up the tank & drive back to the rig with no noise. I unsure if it’s the timing chain or an accessory pulley. I pulled off the intake tube to get a better view of the front of the engine & track down the noise. BUT, the X will not run for more than a few seconds before it dies.
How quickly can the timing chain tensioners fail & how loud is it when they do? The clicking varies by engine speed. Also, it seems to be running fine (apart from the noise). Any knowledge or ideas?
BTW, I was luck I found a 10mm socket in my tool bag.
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