Gather around folks and listen to a story.....
So we haven't gone anywhere since our big trip to UT and CO back in July. The reason why is that we started hearing a strange rattle coming from the engine. Now there was no power loss and no codes thrown so we continued the trip home. Once home, however, we decided to get it looked at.
Having the techs look and listen at it the noise was determined to be originating from the drivers side valve cover. "Ugh great that sounds hugely expensive? Cam shaft, valve, etc.". If you want to hear what it sounded like here it is: (I stuck my GoPro in the engine compartment trying to locate the sound, at the time I made the video it sounded to me like a loose pully hence videoing around behind the radiator)
(Listening to it again it does sound pretty bad LOL.)
I also sent that video around to some other knowledible people to see what they came up with.
One of them replied: "Oh I bet that is the PVC Valve Splash guard" shouldn't be that big of a problem to fix, and included the following video:
Now that the RV is fixed: Yup that is what it was. The plastic PVC Valve Splash guard's epoxy came loose and let it bounce around on top of the camshaft (fortunately for us it didn't even hit any cams). The mechanics cleaned it off, re-epoxied it, and put some rivets in for good measure LOL.
Good to go.
So for all of you V-10 owners (a lot of us) if you hear the above noise you may already know what it is and it isn't serious (except that the repair is a pain for Axis/Vegas owners given how tight the doghouse is).
Apparently this is a not uncommon issue with Triton engines...so keep an ear out.