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What does the infamous VANOS noise sound like?

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Could anyone help me by describing what this VANOS "diesel" noise sound is like? I have never owned a diesel-engine vehicle. I would like to know how to identify it.

Thanks in advance!
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I'll try.... how about the sound of a machine grinding rocks into pebbles? You must have heard the sound of an idling 18-wheeler - just take that sound and turn the volume down.
Drive down to your closest Ford dealership, and ask them to start up and idle a turbo-diesel pickup...clack-clack-clack-clack....

I've read a lot about this vanos noise. Is it just annoying or is there any potential for damage to the engine? I happen to like the noise but am concerned about the potential for damage. Does anyone know?
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