2003 towncar sudden engine racket

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Larry’sLincoln

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2003 signature towncar w/156,000 miles, the smoothest, quietist ride, so quiet I hardly ever turn on any music. Just after getting it inspected to Jan. 2023 the engine started making a load rapping noise. If any of you have an experienced ear for what it might be I’d appreciate hearing it. I’ll try to attach a video of the sound. I love this car and hope it’s reasonably repairable. Not sure if it selected a photo bs video???
 

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dave42

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Welcome aboard. No video. I will mention that last year mine started making an intermittent loud racket, and it was the belt tensioner. The year before that, the fan shroud cracked and the fan was hitting it, also a loud racket. Good luck!
 

Larry’sLincoln

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Sound doesn’t go away, louder on the left side of engine valve cover/block area. Kind of a clacking metallic rapping. I’ll try to figure out how to add a video with sound. There was no lead up indication before the noise started.
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