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Hi All,

Our 2010 Crosstour engine makes a knocking sound upon cold start (see video here). The noise recedes as the engine warms.

Also concerning is a smell of burning oil. The oil level is stable.

Any thoughts or ideas of what could be wrong are appreciated.
 

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Give us a little more information:

Are you the original owner?
How many miles on the odometer?
Has there been any engine work done?
Who does the oil changes? Dealer? Quick Change?
What oil are you using? Brand and weight?
Did anything proceed this knocking sound? Perhaps an oil change?
How do you drive the car? Easy or road rage?
Any other drivers on this vehicle? Teenager?
With cardboard under the vehicle - any oil drips?
 

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Oh my!
I’m pretty sure that is the sound of a failed timing belt tensioner. Do not drive it or start the engine until a timing belt job is done. If you DIY, I highly recommend an Aisin Timing Belt Water Pump kit (TKH-002). I’d purchase on RockAuto to insure it’s authentic. Drain the radiator at the same time the water pump is pulled for a 2 gallon refresh of the coolant. Depending on mileage, oil pan and pump oil leaks may need to be addressed.
 

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Are you the original owner? Yes
How many miles on the odometer? 169k
Has there been any engine work done? The small block was replaced at 76k by Honda when the engine failed due to Eco mode
Who does the oil changes? Dealer? Quick Change? Myself and Walmart
What oil are you using? Brand and weight? Mobil1 0W-20
Did anything proceed this knocking sound? Perhaps an oil change? No, last oil change was in June at 161k miles
How do you drive the car? Easy or road rage? Very easy
Any other drivers on this vehicle? Teenager? No
With cardboard under the vehicle - any oil drips? No
 

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Oh my!
I’m pretty sure that is the sound of a failed timing belt tensioner. Do not drive it or start the engine until a timing belt job is done. If you DIY, I highly recommend an Aisin Timing Belt Water Pump kit (TKH-002). I’d purchase on RockAuto to insure it’s authentic. Drain the radiator at the same time the water pump is pulled for a 2 gallon refresh of the coolant. Depending on mileage, oil pan and pump oil leaks may need to be addressed.
Thank you for the recommendation! I will get it to the shop.

Current mileage is 169k. The timing belt and water pump were done at 100k.
 

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Thank you for the recommendation! I will get it to the shop.

Current mileage is 169k. The timing belt and water pump were done at 100k.
Other than OEM parts, I only trust Aisin Timing Belt Water Pump kit (TKH-002) purchased from a reputable source. I’ve installed many with no issues. You might inquire as to what was installed before. Best wishes for you and your Crosstour.

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If you drive only short trips, cold climate, and gentle driving, this is hard on oil and tends to leave unburned fuel behind during cold starts which can break down the oil much faster leading to premature engine wear. You might consider installing a catch can to help prevent this unburned fuel and blow by from being sucked through the PCV system. You should also have a look at the PCV valve which could possibly contribute to the fumes .
 

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If you drive only short trips, cold climate
Thank you for the input but I don't believe what you describe is our issue. In addition to short trips, our CT is driven 20-45 minutes twice a week or so and we live in California at sea level.

You might consider installing a catch can to help prevent this unburned fuel and blow by from being sucked through the PCV system.
I don't know what a catch is or how to install one.

You should also have a look at the PCV valve
PCV valve was replaced 23k miles ago.
 
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