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Not getting oil to the pistons. Making knocking noise. Wont stay on.

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Hello
Has the engine been run low on oil? Does the knocking get louder as the engine warms up? Have you had a automotive technician listen to this noise? Pistons don't really knock, the bearings in the engine called the crankshaft and piston connecting rod bearings do make a loud knocking noise, if that is the case the engine must be removed from the car and rebuilt.

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    Marvin Sep 28, 2011

    You provided very little useful information on the noise, I responded with many possible causes as I could based on your problem post, you rated the solution as helpful and then asked for a refund on this problem and the same for the Chat session as well?? I very seldom ask about why a refund was requested, but in this particular case I think you abused the refund policy. Have a good day.

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