I have a Geo Metro 1996, 74200 miles. I bought it 4 months ago. When I
bought it, it had a slight sound in the motor like a continuous tic
tac. Righ now, it seems that the sound is becoming louder. The previous
owner told me to not worry about that noise. I took it to the mechanic
to change the tie inner rods, and he heard the noise and he told me
that I need to take the car to a motor specialist to check and adjust
the valves. I think it will be very expensive (maybe more than the cost
of the car) and I can't afforded since I'm just a student. I was
reading some of the problem with the geos in this web page, and I
understood that it is very easy to open geo's motor and check? is that
true? can somebody with a little bitte of knowledge in mechanics can do
Thanks for your help!
Checking valve clearances is generally not a hard job, though I have not
worked on a Metro. You do want to make sure that the person doing the
work knows what they are doing. A *good* advanced amateur mechanic can
do it no sweat, but the question is, how do you know they are good?
The problem with our modern situation is that most shops are charging
very high hourly rates these days, so you are in a bit of a bind.
Remember when all of the high schools taught auto shop ???? We are all
starting to miss those days already.
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