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Help with a "ticking" engine

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by upinsmoke, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. Oct 21, 2009 at 1:42 PM
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    upinsmoke

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    I could use a little help. My main ride is an 09 Taco but I'm looking at a 98 "beater", 4x4, xcab, auto trans, +180k miles. It's in decent shape and as best I can tell, everything works. The fly in the ointment is it's got a ticking sound in the engine (4 cyl - don't know which one). It sounds like a valve tap or stuck lifter and is definitely not a knock. The oil is full and used looking but not black or goopy (technical term) so I'm collecting opinions on possible problems and solutions. Wadda ya think?? Thanks, Rick
     
  2. Oct 22, 2009 at 6:22 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Its a noisy engine. Without hearing it, its hard to make an guess as to what to do. Can you post a sound clip? Or maybe see if there is a member nearby with the same/similar engine and year.
     
  3. Oct 22, 2009 at 8:54 AM
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    ubermx5

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    Most if not all 2.4l have this Tick sound from the factory.
    it is a know issues and the Factory siad it cost to much to fix.
    And most folks will never know it.

    the 2.7L Might be the same....

    At the time I got this info I worked for a toyota dealer and we had a facotry rep over to our place once or twice a month. So we get to ask more questions.

    I would say it is normal...

    But have a compression test and leak down test done and do the best to inspect it.
     
  4. Oct 22, 2009 at 1:26 PM
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    harpolith

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    definitely have a compression test...
    my 98 taco 4wd reg. cab made a noise.
    hard to say if it's the same as yours.
    almost sounds like a fly wheel spinning underneath the truck.
    interestingly, i drove my new one off the lot yesterday and it made the same sound. must just be the sound of a 4cyl toyota engine.
    my 98 died at 165,000 just a month ago...
    well, not completely dead.
    but had a compression test done and 1 cyl was only 50%.
    the mechanic said either a bad cylinder, bad valve, or bad head gasket.
    $2500 was just an off the cuf repair quote without really getting inside to see what's really going on.
     
  5. Oct 22, 2009 at 6:19 PM
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    MowTaco

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    Mine ticks. It isn't really that big of an issue, you can only really hear it when the hood is open and you're standing right in front of it.
     
  6. Oct 23, 2009 at 12:55 AM
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    upinsmoke

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    Thanks to all
     
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