TwinSparks got that "Rough" feeling
My 1999 2.0 litre Twin Spark has started to sound a bit rough. She has covered 68,000 miles and been serviced regularly. I had the variator done at 64k miles, also had the timing belt done at the same time.
There is a distinct ticking noise (tappets?) coming from the back/top of the engine. The exact location of the noise is as follows:
Standing in front of the car looking at the engine. 6 inches to the right of the oil cap and 3 inches towards the back of the car.
The engine also doesn't rev as freely as she once did and sounds a lot rougher when revved.
Strange thing is that she runs rough most of the time BUT - now and again (once or twice a week) she will run as smooth as she once did.
My question is this:
Is this normal on the TwinSpark - after all she has covered 68k miles or can worn tappets be responsible for the symptoms mentioned above.
I would be truly grateful if you could help,