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Yesterday 01:06 PM
sbc17 Hey guys. Been pretty busy and the car hasn't even left the storage unit except to get my parent VW Thing out a couple weeks ago.

Pretty bummed I haven't had the time yet for it this year. But next month I'm hoping to have some time to set aside to the little guy.

Yes, I'm still 100% devoted to this car. It may not seem like it since this darn rebuild has been a battle for the past several years, but this car means so much to me. Thanks for listening and following this whole crazy process.
12-12-2016 06:57 AM
sbc17 Car is put away for the winter. So glad I was able to do this Saturday before Michigan decided to drop 10+ inches of snow yesterday lol.

So there will be minimum updates since it's now winter. The car fired right up when we put it on the trailer. Still clueless on the rattle but I think it may be something with the VCT. In the spring I'll most likely replace the solenoid as a start.

Thanks again for all the help guys! If anyone stumbles across my thread and has any leads for a solution please share! I'll be checking this every once in a while.

The journey with this little car has come such a long way. Glad I did get to drive it for a very short few times this summer. Just driving thru 25mph residential the car feels incredible. It made me fall in love with it all over again.
12-12-2016 06:50 AM
Originally Posted by SVT616 View Post
I have exactly same plm right now, and a guy told me if my crank position sensor went bad, then it will never fire up...

Sorry I just got this, Tapatalk must not be giving me my notifications.

Yea I would imagine it would stop you from starting since it's has no idea on the location. I'm sure it's a "safety" feature for the engine. It reduces the chance of bending the valves.
11-22-2016 10:42 AM
SVT616 I have exactly same plm right now, and a guy told me if my crank position sensor went bad, then it will never fire up...
11-21-2016 04:25 PM
sbc17 Just pulled the valve cover off and pulled the VCT solenoid out. It looks like it's fine to me lol.

There was oil puddled on the exhaust side, I'm assuming that's normal? Probably just the way it's sitting in the driveway and it's not able to drain back down.

I ran it for like 2 min Friday and it was throwing a code. Not sure what it is yet because I don't have access to a reader. I'm trying to borrow one from a friend. So maybe it's finally spitting out a code that could lead to answers?
11-20-2016 09:10 PM
sbc17 Dumb question and probably gonna get flack for asking lol. But, can I take a standard zetec and bolt it into my SVT? If it's possible I'm pretty close to doing that at this point so I can drive and enjoy the darn thing.
11-18-2016 09:53 AM
sbc17 Oh, and I washed it for the first time in years. Still cleans up nice but it needs a clay bar and some polish lol
11-18-2016 09:45 AM
Originally Posted by orange lightning View Post
Okay have you checked the vct solenoid? It could be gunked up you can clean it with brake parts cleaner. Or $40 new

Just found this video might help a little bit

Hey sorry to get back to you so late. Been busy and haven't paid attention to the forums.

I am positive that the motor is timed correctly. I messed with that for a few hrs and checked 3 times before trying to crank it. The car doesn't throw any codes but the rattle is loud. I'm thinkin I may have a lifter "bucket" that's not in spec anymore causing the rattle. But thanks for the video!

As for the VCT, not sure if that's part of the issue. When I pull it out will I be able to tell easily if it's all gunked up?

The rattle seems like it's coming from the right side of the motor, specifically cylinders 3, 4. I drove it around for 5min or so and the rattle is there but seems to disappear when under load which points more to a rod knock but the sound is definitely upper end this time. The car seems to "pull" normal(don't worry I only went to 3k, nothing crazy) and doesn't bog down at all. It's weird and I'm still baffled.

I may check on it tonight before I put the car in storage for the winter. But if not, then it will happen when it comes back out in the springtime.

Thanks for the tip man!
10-08-2016 03:33 AM
orange lightning Okay have you checked the vct solenoid? It could be gunked up you can clean it with brake parts cleaner. Or $40 new

Just found this video might help a little bit
09-14-2016 06:21 AM
sbc17 I drove about 1.5hrs away to a dealership that had the correct bolt for the tensioner. They had 4 so I bought them all lol

But anyway onto the update.

Last night I put the new bolt in and then re-times the car. I checked it 3 times with the tools and it was still good. So I put it all back together. I fired it up around 9 last night. Turned over maybe 2 times and fired right up! Felt really good to have that finally happen. So I let it idle for a few minutes and then the top end rattle I had last year came back. ☹️ I am clueless at this point and rather annoyed that it's making the same noise. I was smart this time around and took a quick video lol. Anyone know what it could be? It's not throwing any codes. Is the VCT not getting enough oil? I was thinking late last night that maybe the metal shield on the underside of the valve cover is loose? I'm at a complete loss of what else to check or do.
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