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I test drove a 2003, civic type r today and when the vtec kicked in a rattling sound could be heard coming from the engine.

Is this usual for the age and any ideas on what could be causing it?
 

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I test drove a 2003, civic type r today and when the vtec kicked in a rattling sound could be heard coming from the engine.

Is this usual for the age and any ideas on what could be causing it?
Funny you mention this when I test drove one 1 year ago for a friend in Leeds it did this after vtec'in it. The sales person said it was the vtec winding down but I was not buying it! I could be wrong, but just be careful
 

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its more than likely the tappets need adjusting. i had this on my old ep3 and new fn2. it took 2 goes to fix each of my cars at the dealers with an overnight sleep over for my car each time as the tapptes must be adjusted when they and the rest of the engine is stone cold
 
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