The other day, prepping to go up the mountain, and the car starts making a loud, regular clacking from the driver's side cylinder head area.
I knew I needed to replace the timing belt, so I figured this was a good time to do it. Ordered the kit, getting everything done just right, but I now have a question.
The camshaft lock lined up correctly when I was taking it down, and it lined up correctly putting it back on. Everything looks dandy. However, turning the crank, I still get the clanking or rattle coming from the same spot in the cylinder head. Turn the crank by hand (slowly) and it goes goes, clatter, goes goes goes, clatter. It's like there's a little shot glass with a marble in it that tips over slowly.
Any ideas? Do I already have a bent valve? Broken lifter, something else? A little hamster's bleached skull rattling around loose?
I'd like to know if now is a good time to take apart the cylinder head, since the new timing belt is still exposed and I could get it off and back on the camshaft pulley if I needed to in order to remove the camshaft.