Hello, and ICE noise question.
Hello all, new 2008 Prius (package 4) owner here.
I'm about one week into having it and loving it big time.
Anyway, my question has to do with noises that the ICE might make at idle. A friend visited my work today to check out the Prius.
As I was demoing it for him, I started the car with my driver door open and noticed a noise I had not heard before when the ICE
started up (during the start sequence). It was a sort of repetitive 'clack' kind of noise, the closest sound I could equate it to on a
conventional vehicle would be if the engine was running without enough oil.
At this point, I could believe any of several possibilities.
A) This noise is normal and I have not heard it before because I'm usually not outside the vehicle when I start it
B) I've built the noise up in my mind because I'm super paranoid about my new baby (lol)
C) Maybe something is actually wrong?
I live in New Mexico, and it's still farily cold here (It was a cold start at around maybe mid 50's lower 60's) and the elevation is around 5,500 feet where I work. Also, the car has around 500 Miles on it. Perhaps it needs to break in more / was affected by the cold temps or altitude? At any rate I would appreciate any advice from those with more experience than I!
Thanks in advance!
(ps, thanks to the tips I've read here I've managed to make 53.9 MPG lifetime this first week, YES!)