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Changed oil, now engine is ticking.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by zigzagg321, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. Mar 28, 2009 at 5:44 PM
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    So I changed the oil in my 2.7 Taco today, and now the valves are ticking pretty bad. I used 5w30 as specified on the oil cap. It wasnt ticking before I changed the oil. Its not losing any oil, it reads full on the dipstick and no leaks. any ideas?
     
  2. Mar 28, 2009 at 5:50 PM
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    did you let the engine warm up or is it ticking even after its at opperating temp
     
  3. Mar 28, 2009 at 5:50 PM
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    All Tacoma engines tick. The 2.7 has alot of ticking noises. Its normal. Why it wasnt ticking before, Im not sure. Unless whoever did the last change put some addative in the oil to stop it. The ticking is a good thing, though.
     
  4. Mar 28, 2009 at 6:47 PM
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    ticks at operating temp.

    ticking is good? I dont think I've heard that before.
     
  5. Mar 28, 2009 at 6:55 PM
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    104-30?

    did you mean 10w30?

    anyway... I used 5w30 and its been about 50-60 degrees outside, engine temp gauge right in the middle. the engine seems to run fine otherwise.
     
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    mine (02 3.4) ticks for a couple days after every oil change. it stops though.
     
  7. Mar 28, 2009 at 7:31 PM
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    as far as I know, my 3.4 dosent tick and i use 10w30. ive got 127K on mine also
     
  8. Mar 28, 2009 at 7:38 PM
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    Lots of things in the 2.7 make noise. Injectors. Timing chain, and the valzes. not really the "vslves", but Toyota uses a shim under bucket valve adjusting method. There is always going to be enough of a gap to cause a "Tick". Honda, Nissan, and other manufactuers mask this ticking with sound supression methods of their own design. Toyota doesnt. Sometimes, a different oil may help to mask the ticking. Some people have tried different addatives in the oil (I never recomend this). As long as performance is not diminished in any way, all is "normal".
     
  9. Mar 28, 2009 at 7:40 PM
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    this si the first oil change sinc eI bought the truck a few days ago. I wonder if the previous owner was using some heavier oil than 5w30.
     
  10. Mar 28, 2009 at 7:42 PM
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    Could have. Stick with the 5w30 or the 10-w30. 10w-30 if your truck never sees freezing weather.
     
  11. Mar 28, 2009 at 8:16 PM
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    I used valvoline max life oil... is that crappy oil? causing the ticking maybe?
     
  12. Mar 28, 2009 at 8:18 PM
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    Thats a good oil, and many folks use it. I mentioned above what the ticking is caused from. Its a long read, but read this for more info on oils:
    http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/
     
  13. Mar 28, 2009 at 8:19 PM
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    ;)mine sees freezing every winter, and I have no problems
     
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    Yeah....I think the 10w-30 is good for around 10* below 0* or something.....
     
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    yea..it dosent really get that cold here..lol maybe single digits.
     
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    Awesome site, friggin gearhead!
     
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    Take a deep breath, in out. Everything is going to be ok. Everything they are telling you is correct, search this forum and others, this is normal for Toyota engines.
     
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    its definitely valve tick. Only reason it bothers me is because it wasnt there before I changed the oil. Its louder than the valve tick on an older BMW that hasnt had its valves adjusted in a long time.
     
  19. Mar 28, 2009 at 9:38 PM
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    X2!
    If it sounds like too much, take it to the dealer and have them give a listen to it. Toyota engines tick louder than most.
     
  20. Mar 29, 2009 at 5:24 AM
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    hey zigzag, chris is absolutely right man, my 2.7 ticks like crazy, but its def normal.
     
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