I am a girl and as all girls I do have problems in understanding my
car's needs. I bought my NEON 1995 recently. I did have to replace
already my water pump, spark plugs, a part monitoring oxygen intake to
the engine ( code 02 in check engine light), and now I do have another
problem. When the engine is cold ( and only when it is cold) I can hear
a scratching noise especially when I add a little bit of gass. What it
can be ?
Also I did a search online for a spark plugs and I found two types .
Can eanyone tell me which one is berret to use? And one more thing:
After my water pomp replacement I realized that in high temperatures of
the summer ( I live in Virginia, summer temps in mid 80s F) the engine
coolant starts to boil in the little container ( making boiling noises)
after I turn off the engine. Is this normal or should I do something
about it? I had coolant flushed twice and it still boils.
I look forward to hear your advices
Any competent auto parts store can give you the right plugs. All they need
is the make, model, year, and engine size.
Check the temperature gauge to see if the car is overheating.If it is it
could be a thermostat that does not open fully or a badly clogged radiator
that a simple radiator flush in an older not so well maintained car might
About the engine noise. Are you changing the oil and filter at the proper
intervals? Are you using the correct grade of engine oil? In an older
vehicle with lots of mileage vital engine parts wear out even if it has
been maintained. If the noise goes away after one or two minutes as the
engine heats up and the oil circulates don't knock yourself out.
There is a decal on the hood or radiator support that will give you the
correct spark plug number.
The noise could be a belt slipping or anything else, did this happen after
the water pump was installed? It would really be hard to say what the noise
is without hearing it.
As far as the boiling noise, some noise may be heard as the cap releases
pressure to the tank. Keep in mind that a faulty cap may be releasing
pressure when it shouldn't be or you could be having an overheat condition.
keep an eye on the temp gauge.
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