OK - i have a 1984 Chevy S-10, 4-wheel drive, 6 Cyl. engine, just over
180,000 miles. After starting at after it sitting for about 2 weeks,
I noticed thier was a slight ticking sound coming from the valve cover
area - was not worried about it - have dirven it a coule of times
since them, now it is VERY loud, oil presure is good, oil level is
good. I took off the belts today, to make sure the noise was not
coming from the alternator or the water pump, no difference - got one
of the automotive stethescopes, and it is much louder on the passanger
side - and of course, gets louder when the engine is going faster -
will still quite loud at an idle.
Engine is not smoking at all, and uses no oil, has plenty of water -
this is really the only major issue I have had with since I got it
over a year ago.
I have never dealt with a rod going out, or other problems like that -
so I have no idea what to look for or what they sound like - so if
anyone could give me some ideas, I would love to hear from you.
If it something going on with the engine, I think it will be headed
for the junk yard, unless I can sell it - it does still run, and has a
new transmition in it - so it might be worth something to somebody
just for the trany.
Any insight into what may be going on would be greately appreciated,