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    Sale the car?

    Seems like all I do is ask questions on this forum. Sorry, but I know very little about cars. =) I like the opinions though, so.

    Like the title says. I have a 98 z28 coupe with 147500 miles atm. About 10k miles ago, she started tapping whenever I started her up. This would go away after she warmed up for a minute or two. The colder it is, the louder the tap is. All I've done to her is install a flowmaster exhaust around 15k miles.

    I ran mobil 1 Synthetic up to 80k miles, was convinced by someone to switch to Penzoil normal 10/30 =/. Anyways, just went back to Mobil 1 from the advice of a mechanic. He says he would probably sell the car if the noise didn't go away.

    Well, it still makes the noise, so I'm REALLY contemplating selling the car. Not sure if I want to or simply wait til the engine goes and take a loan out against it and drop another engine in her.

    Not sure if keeping her will simply become a money sink, which is definately something I can't afford right now.

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    So is t knocking? Have you had your mechanic check it out? Compression test or anything? I'd explore the problem a little more before making any definite decisions, but it doesn't sound good.

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    He checked it out.

    He told me it doesn't sound like piston slap. He put mobil 1 in it and told me if the sound came back, to try and sell it before the engine goes.

    I may bring it by the dealership before I make a final decision.

    I really don't think he did any compression tests on it. I asked him what he thought it was and he said he really wasn't sure. Just it didn't sound good.

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    Lol I would seriously consider getting another opinion. Our cars seem too have a lil slap which it sounds like. If the sound goes away after its warmed up thats normal. It probly wouldnt be worth it too sell it, you can pick up a used ls1 motor for a decent price, or pick up a new motor thats bigger and better. Just get a second opinion.
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    That's what I've been thinking also.

    Should I take it to the dealership for a second opinion, or simply find another good mechaninc around here ?

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    I would recommend finding someone that's familiar with f-bodies and have them check it out. Where are you from? Do you have any local f-body clubs? If you do ask one of those guys to check it out. Most clubs have a resident guru. Either way I would get it checked out. The description makes it sound like piston slap which is very normal for the LS1.

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    I'll ask around. I'm about 90 minutes east of Houston if anyone knows of someone around here.

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    Yepp llike orion said, try too stay away from dealers, but im sure you can find a local guru.
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