I have the following Vehicle.
Ford Fiesta 1.3 Endura LX
Recently I have noticed a clicking noise coming from the engine. It's probably been going on for about 2 months.
Its probably got a wee bit worse in recent weeks, either that or I have stopped playing the stereo in my car whilst driving!
I have only had the car 9 months, and have already spent nearly £1000 in maintenance and repairs on it, including the Throttle Position Sensor replacement, exhaust Back Box, intermediate service (in december), Lower tracking arm (only on left as bushes where worn), Brake Discs and Pads amongst other things.
I mechanic who was checking my tyres thought it sounded more terminal than it just being the tappets needing re-aligning, and hinted that the cam shaft could be on its way out, however a friend of mine who many years ago ran his own garage said that although that was a possibility, its more likely to either be the tappets or timing chain needing replacing. Now one of the other things that's been happening with the car as this has been coming to prominence in the last week or so, is that the steering seems to be lighlty juddering in time with the clicks. The clicking seems to be replaced by a light rubbing feel when drinven at an excess of 65 mph.
There is no problem with oil being overly consumed as yet, the engine itself has given no indication that it could sieze, and there are no adverse emissions from the exhaust.
Has anyone come across this issue before? If so what was the remedy? Does anyone have any further input into what may be going on? Its just annoying that this seems to have come to prominence as I'm just about to move house, which is putting a large hole on my finances as it is!
Some input would be greatly appreciated.