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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-17-2010, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Former lurker with engine trouble!

Hello!

I have a 1998 E320 wagon with abut 150,000 miles on it that has started running rough and making a noise at idle that sounds like the tapping of little hammers in the engine - tuneful enough that at first I though I was just sitting next to someone listening to music. This has now degenerated into a ghastly loose-sounding rattle.

Is this the sound of my engine dying, or something that can be relatively simply repaired by a semi-competent mechanic?

I've always been good about premium gas, oil is changed regularly, etc...

Fingers crossed!
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You need to lurk more in the W210 forum.

Hard to diagnose noises on a forum, but from that description it's possible you have a failing cat. That is a classic sound and it would account for the rough idle, too.

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Thank you!

I will go and lurk/search along those lines and in the proper place - it is a very distinctive sound that one of my daughters described as "little gnomes hammering on the pipes with mallets."

I'd rather not say that to a mechanic, somehow...
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It does sound like a cat has gone. You can tell if you lift the car and hit the cats with the palm of your hand and they rattle then they are finished.

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