Date: 14 Sep 2006 21:32:43 -0700
From: "" <>
Subject: Saab 99 engine ticking

I need a little diagnosis advice before I start pulling pieces off. I left my sweet little '77 99 for about 10 months overwintering in the high desert. When I got back to it, the engine was siezed solid and it took a lot of PB Blaster, time, ATF, and more time to free up the pistons. Once broken free, she fired right up and has run well ever since except - a few days after getting her running, a new ticking noise developed in the engine. At speed, it's a whirring chatter but at idle, a distinct tock-tink!-tock-tink!-tock-tink!. *Sometimes* it seems to go away or get less loud for a bit but it's pretty consistent. It really sounds like it's coming from the head, not the lower half (hope hope hope). I would swear it was a bent pushrod if there were such a beast in my baby. I'm not familiar enough with this engine to know what exactly to look for, and I'd love some advice and maybe any ideas of how to further diagnose the sound. A lifter, maybe? thanks, everyone, in advance for any advice you can contribute! Elijah

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