Dodge Van Makes a Clattering Noise

My 2001 Dodge Van makes a loud clattering noise when started. It stops after approx. 3-50 minutes? Anyone know why?

Lynn W. from Lexington, TN

February 6, 20070 found this helpful

I grew up in Jackson although I'm a long way from there now. *s* This might sound silly but how is the oil level? Do you know any backyard mechanics? It could be your rockers are loose or a rod for that matter. Some times if you go to an auto parts store and ask the guys there they can giveyou good advice as well as names of local mechanics that provide good service for a fair price! Good Luck!

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October 18, 20070 found this helpful

Assume your are talking about the "B" series (rear wheel drive) with a V-6 or V-8?? If so, it probably a stuck hydraulic lifter that "clacks" like an old sewing machine. The solution is to keep the oil clean and change it regularly. To help it along, you can add a product such as RISLONE, CD-2, or Wynn's to free up sticking lifters. Don't need a lot, about 1/2 of the CD-2 can size will do. An old trick, which is frowned upon by many, is add a cupful or so of ATF to do that job. My Dodge B's all run on propane and the oil does get gooey even though still clean. I use RISLONE and change the oil every 5K KM (3K Mi)

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April 3, 20110 found this helpful

If the noise clears up, you likely have plugged oil drain backs, just remove the valve covers and use a close hanger wire and push it down through the oil drain back holes located at each end of the cylinder head. It is very important to keep the oil changed. This is the most likely cause. If you have bad bearings it would not clear up, If you have loose rockers it would not clear up and if you have bad lifters it would not clear up. You likely have an oil leak at the valve covers and if so then this is what's causing it. Good luck and God bless you

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