Car shuts off after loud tapping but starts back up

I just got a mustang about a month ago (may 2017). My mustang started making a tapping noise about 2days ago. Then 2days later it shut off on me when I got to a laundry mat soon as I parked but I didn't have enough time to put the the car in park before it shut off automatically. I also notice my cars oil gauge was jumping as if no oil was in the car. But when I check the dipstick it shows that it's over full by at least a inch or two. Since it couldn't start up we got it towed the next day to the house. But now it started this morning but the tapping is still there. I was told eit
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If you have coolant in the oil of the engine this indicates that you have a leaking or cracked cylinder heads or gaskets. If the engine ran til you had knocking sounds then you may have damaged the engine bearings and the engine may need overhauled or replaced. Have the engine pressure tested to find the side of the engine that is damaged and have cylinder heads removed and checked for cracks or warpage and repaired as needed. It may be less expensive to put in a good used motor.

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The most common reasons a Ford Mustang engine makes a ticking noise are low oil level or pressure, an issue with the ignition system, or an exhaust leak. Search our network of RepairPal Certified shops near you to speak with a technician about your issue. Oops! We got lost!
The most common reasons a Ford Mustang shakes when braking are bad brake rotors, bad brake pads, or a bad wheel bearing.
Some 2011-2021 Mustang and F-150 vehicles equipped with a 5.0L engine may exhibit a ticking noise at idle after an engine oil change. It is often referred to as typewriter noise because of its similarity to the sound of a mechanical typewriter.
A sputtering engine may just mean you need to have your fuel filter replaced. All vehicles have a series of vacuum hoses that create the fuel pressure. If one of them leaks or is damaged in any way, you will lose significant fuel pressure. The vehicle`s exhaust system can greatly impact the engine`s performance.
A Rattling Noise from the Engine When Accelerating

Noises coming from the engine when you are pushing on the gas could be caused by a loose or weak timing belt, chain tensioner, cracked flywheel, or a broken flexplate. These issues will only get worse over time, not better.

Shaking or vibrating may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires. Other things such as a faulty idle air control valve may cause the engine idle to drop below the normal idling RPM which may also cause the motor to shake or vibrate more than normal.
The most common cause of the shaking most often happens near your tires and rims. The tires and wheels connect your vehicle to the road, and if anything is a bit wonky, will notice. It may be something like a broken transmission or a broken control arm.
Lifter Ticking

If a lifter goes flat, or won`t hold pressure, you`ll likely hear it begin to make noise. Often, a lifter tick will be most prevalent as soon as you start the engine, and may get quieter or disappear completely as the engine warms up. You may also notice the sound is more prevalent at idle.

Simply changing your oil can also get rid of the tapping sound, as over time an engine that is neglected of maintenance will begin to clog up its oil filters meaning that a build-up of grime can again lead to a lack of component lubrication.
A ticking, tapping or clacking from the top of the engine is usually indicative of a potential issue with your engine`s tappets. At first it can seem insignificant in volume, but gradually over time the `rattling` will get louder and indicate an imminent major mechanical issue.
Tires can get worn out from everyday use or a misaligned suspension, to name a few reasons. Uneven tire treads can then lead to car vibrations which may be noticeable during braking, acceleration, or deacceleration. It`s the car`s way of telling you that something needs attention.
An engine with low oil or low oil pressure can make a ticking noise due to a lack of lubrication. If you are low on oil, it may indicate either oil consumption or an oil leak, both of which should be addressed as soon as possible. If you have low oil pressure, you will likely get a warning on the dash.
A ticking sound in your engine while idling can be a concerning item to hear. However, there are plenty of explanations for the strange sound. It could be anything from a loose spark plug to normal wear and tear. Take your vehicle to an expert as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
A ticking lifter is usually an indication there is a problem with your oil, especially as your car ages. It`s possible the lifters themselves are simply worn. If you have a much older car you`ve been driving for a long time, it is more likely this is the problem.

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Sometimes when you have problems starting an engine initially it is caused by a restriction in fuel flow; caused either by clogged fuel injectors or the throttle body that needs to be cleaned. Once the fuel starts to flow and engine warms up, it’s much easier to start. However, it could also be an air filter, EGR valve or other components that causes this issue as well, which is why it’s best to have a professional mobile mechanic complete a car is hard to start inspection so they can pinpoint the source of this issue.

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Car shuts off after loud tapping but starts back up
ANSWER : If you have coolant in the oil of the engine this indicates that you have a leaking or cracked cylinder heads or gaskets. If the engine ran til you had knocking sounds then you may have damaged the engine bearings and the engine may need overhauled or replaced. Have the engine pressure tested to find the side of the engine that is damaged and have cylinder heads removed and checked for cracks or warpage and repaired as needed. It may be less expensive to put in a good used motor.

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ANSWER : Hi. There is a couple of things that could be wrong here. The battery or alternator that was just installed could be defective. Theses parts need to be tested for proper operation. There also could be a fuse, fusible link, or wiring for the battery or charging system that is blown or broken causing the battery light to come on.

The codes that you have will cause the car to shut down, run rough, or not start at all. The crankshaft sensor and camshaft sensor should be replaced. I suggest having a certified technician from YourMechanic come diagnose the charging system and check engine codes to help you proceed with correct repairs.

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