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Old 20 May 2007, 01:06 pm
housecallpcde@gmail.com
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Default 95 Passport Engine Sounds

I own a 1995 Honda Passport AKA: Isuzu Rodeo.

I have been driving it for two years with no real problems. The engine
has about 160K on it, and it ran fine.
There was always a slight tap in the engine, nothing that bothered me.
I kept the oil changed, and regular service. I was told it was no big
deal, just the tap of a poor engine. As long as I took care of it,
then it would be fine.

One day I went to get into the car after work, and I started it up.
All of the sudden there was this severe knock, or rattle. It sounded
like a mystical elf was inside banging on the engine with a hammer, in
time with the stroke of the engine . I figured, okay what now? I hit
the gas, and the tap sped up a bit, but not with the other little tap
I had. I revved it up to 2k rpm, and it disappeared. Now, I;m lost.
What the heck is the loud tap coming from?

I can't tell if it's coming from the left or right side of the V6. It
sounds like it's coming from the middle.

Can someone please give me an idea of what could be wrong?

Is there anything I can do to check it out?

I do brakes and oil changes. Anything besides that, maybe asking too
much.

If it is something serious, I have to get rid of it. If not then I
need to get it fixed.

Please help.

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Old 20 May 2007, 01:51 pm
Earle Horton
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Default Re: 95 Passport Engine Sounds

It could be that a hydraulic lifter has lost prime. Change the oil and see
if things improve.

It could also be that a piston or a connecting rod is coming apart. That's
not so good.

Earle

<housecallpcde@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> I own a 1995 Honda Passport AKA: Isuzu Rodeo.
>
> I have been driving it for two years with no real problems. The engine
> has about 160K on it, and it ran fine.
> There was always a slight tap in the engine, nothing that bothered me.
> I kept the oil changed, and regular service. I was told it was no big
> deal, just the tap of a poor engine. As long as I took care of it,
> then it would be fine.
>
> One day I went to get into the car after work, and I started it up.
> All of the sudden there was this severe knock, or rattle. It sounded
> like a mystical elf was inside banging on the engine with a hammer, in
> time with the stroke of the engine . I figured, okay what now? I hit
> the gas, and the tap sped up a bit, but not with the other little tap
> I had. I revved it up to 2k rpm, and it disappeared. Now, I;m lost.
> What the heck is the loud tap coming from?
>
> I can't tell if it's coming from the left or right side of the V6. It
> sounds like it's coming from the middle.
>
> Can someone please give me an idea of what could be wrong?
>
> Is there anything I can do to check it out?
>
> I do brakes and oil changes. Anything besides that, maybe asking too
> much.
>
> If it is something serious, I have to get rid of it. If not then I
> need to get it fixed.
>
> Please help.
>



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Old 20 May 2007, 11:01 pm
jmattis@attglobal.net
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Default Re: 95 Passport Engine Sounds

On May 20, 1:06 pm, housecallp...@gmail.com wrote:
> I own a 1995 Honda Passport AKA: Isuzu Rodeo.
>
> I have been driving it for two years with no real problems. The engine
> has about 160K on it, and it ran fine.
> There was always a slight tap in the engine, nothing that bothered me.
> I kept the oil changed, and regular service. I was told it was no big
> deal, just the tap of a poor engine. As long as I took care of it,
> then it would be fine.
>
> One day I went to get into the car after work, and I started it up.
> All of the sudden there was this severe knock, or rattle. It sounded
> like a mystical elf was inside banging on the engine with a hammer, in
> time with the stroke of the engine . I figured, okay what now? I hit
> the gas, and the tap sped up a bit, but not with the other little tap
> I had. I revved it up to 2k rpm, and it disappeared. Now, I;m lost.
> What the heck is the loud tap coming from?
>
> I can't tell if it's coming from the left or right side of the V6. It
> sounds like it's coming from the middle.
>
> Can someone please give me an idea of what could be wrong?
>
> Is there anything I can do to check it out?
>
> I do brakes and oil changes. Anything besides that, maybe asking too
> much.
>
> If it is something serious, I have to get rid of it. If not then I
> need to get it fixed.
>
> Please help.


I can't help but predict dire circumstances. The Passport/Rodeo is a
real dog. It has really horrible ratings in Consumer Reports. My
wife had one, an EX, for maybe 60,000 miles and I held my breath the
whole time. We got lucky and it only needed two minor fixes to the
transmission in all that time. Most people report scads of problems.

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