Title pretty much says it all, here’s some finer details.
The car is a 1997 pontiac sunfire 4 cyl 2.4L.
When the car is turned on it makes a sound like the one in the mp3 file that I’ve attached. Some other symptoms I’ve noticed is a very slight loss of power while accelerating, and whenever I pull up to a stop and the engine gets into the idle rpm range (800-1000) the oil light comes on and the rpm dips to about 400 and sometimes the engine dies. The engine is also running very very hot, although I haven’t driven the car in about 2 months and it’s 100 degrees outside, not sure if that’s related.
What I have tried so far is replacing the oil and filter, and adding 2/5 a pint of seafoam engine additive for 4 quarts of oil as per the instructions on the bottle. I did this because I suspected it was a stuck lifter, but after driving it for 30 miles with no improvement I’m starting to think otherwise.
As some of you may know I’m not entirely mechanically inclined and that’s why I’m here, sometimes I get posts from people who insist I shouldn’t be anywhere near an engine but let’s try to keep those negative posts off my thread.