WHATS THIS NOISE? Timing chain or piston slap?
At the front of the engine. In the timing chain area.
Used to do it ONLY when COLD, but now it is taking longer and longer for the noise to go away. Today, it didnt go away at all. Sounds like marbles in a can of light oil being rattled around. Been doing it since I bought it and has slowly gotten worse.
Yes, it sounds like a timing chain.
However, another Jeeper said: "No. a '96 timing chain is virtually indestructable. What you are hearing is PISTON SLAP."
Doesnt sound like any piston slap Ive ever heard, and with 217 thousand miles on it, I'd be inclined to think "timing chain." He says piston slap. WTF?
Advice and or input is appreciated before I find myself in a full engine teardown when all I needed was a timing chain. For what its worth, engine runs perfect, oil comes out clean and amber every 3K miles, 40-60 PSI oil pressure, runs at 200 degrees all day long. Good compression and no other engine noises. Runs PERFECT otherwise.