Ok guys I know it's been a long time since I've posted but my 04 (just under 160k miles) is being a pain in my *** again! Here is a list of recent work:
Replace hoses in engine
Replace radiator after pressure from new hoses popped the plastic
Replace alternator (last July 4th)
Replace battery (2 days before the alternator)
Last week I was pulling off the freeway and the car felt like it was going to stall. I looked down at the gauges and it was starting to overheat. I pulled in to the closest shopping center and turned off the car while I waited for a friend. She followed me to the shop and the car was at normal operating temp the whole way there (approx. 8 miles away). The shop had my car for the day and were not able to get the car to overheat again. Checked all sorts of connections and left that one a mystery. The car had been struggling to start recently so we replaced the starter at that time. Now I am hearing a metal on metal ticking noise while the car is idling in reverse or drive. When the car is put in neutral or park the noise stops. When I start to accelerate the noise ticks faster until I reach about 5-10 mph and then it goes away. I took it back to the shop and they were able to replicate the issue while it was there but not give me a definite diagnosis. Said they put mystery oil in it and to drive it around for a few days. We are now less than 24 hours since I got my car back and the noise has returned.
Here is a link to a video clip (hope it works):
Sorry it's super loud, my hood was open and my husband was standing right in front of the car. I can't distinguish a specific side it's coming from but it's starting to concern me. I have also been having trouble at some stops idling in drive where the engine will suddenly rev a little even though my foot is on the brake (auto).
So I submit to you oh masters of the car forum - a very long post and a cry for help! My baby is falling apart at a VERY in opportune moment in my life. Any recommendations are appreciated.