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1990 944S2 Unusual starting/running

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Vehicle Information: Model(924/944/968): 944S2; Year: 1990; Body Type: Coupe; Total Mileage: 103000;

Car running fine, parked on a slope, rear end down, and under cover for a couple of weeks. Went to start car, fired for about 1 sec and then would not start. Starter spins engine OK but no fire. Put back under cover for a week. Last night had time to look at car, before doing any checking give it a try, it started but had what sounded like valve rattle, very noisy, in the engine, that gradually went away. Drove to work this morning, seems to be running fine, no noise, started OK. Any way oil could have leaked down from lifters that could have resulted in no starting and then the rattle?? Only recent non routine maintenance was replacment of chain tensioner on the chain between the cams.

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