There is a very loud sound like rocks in a tin in my engine. What could this be? I'm scared:/

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Asked by Apr 17, 2012 at 01:17 AM about the 1995 Ford Contour 4 Dr SE Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1995 Ford Contour with a 2.0 liter engine.  I cranked the car and first a very loud squeel came from the engine.  When that subsided, it followed with a very loud sound that sounded like rocks in a tin.  I immediately shut the car off and turned it back on.  The sound got louder and louder.  What could this problem be?

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Well sounds like the crank main bearings let go first, then the rod bearings hence the rattle/rocks in a can.

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13,105

Definitely serious internal engine issues. You'll need to tear it down.

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I got this looked at because I could not drive at all for fear that I would do major damage to my engine. It turned out to be the tensioner. The tentioner was broken; therefore causing the belt to be loose causing that awful sound. It was a $70 part. The also said that the ball bearings went bad in the tensioner. I first told him what your advise was and her looked at that first. He said that I described it wrong and that it was more of a belt slapping sound. Not rocks in a tin can sound. Nonetheless, thank you so much for your advise!

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13,105

Yea sometimes its hard to describe sounds........just glad it was the tensioner......

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