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Slight ticking?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by IrmoRabbidMoose, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. Jun 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM
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    IrmoRabbidMoose

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    Hey guys I have an '04 taco with the 3.4 in it and I'm starting to notice that my truck has a slight tick that I'm certain is the notorious Toyota valve tap. I'm curious as to what I can do to get rid of it. I'm looking to see what everyone else has done to try and get rid of this problem. Since it's summer time now I'm probably thinking of running thicker oil like 10w-30 instead of 5w-30? I also thought about using Lucas oil stabilizer. I've used it before and it seems to work good on other cars. Any input?
     
  2. Jul 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM
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    Do you have enough oil in it? Sorry if this seems like a stupid question...start with the basics I guess :) Yea I put in 10w-30 this summer.
     
  4. Jul 1, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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    mine does the same thing, so i guess its normal but im not sure how to get rid of it :p
     
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    Yeah, I've always changed my oil with high mileage 10W-30 every 3k with a K&N oil filter and I can't seem to get rid of it. My truck just hit 98k which is baby miles, so I'm starting to think that this is a normal thing :notsure:
     
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    I have a tick in my '01. I'm going to dig in one of these days and check the valve lash.
     
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    I know a few guys around my neck of the woods that have the famous "Toyota tick" they have 2nd gens. I personally don't have it on my 1st gen.

    Those ticks can be from valve lash or even small exhaust leaks replicate that noise really well

    Doesn't really answer the question but thats all i can tell you bro'....
     
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    I got the tick. It sounds like its coming from driver-side near the firewall, but idk. only notice it at idle. I ignore it haha.
     
  10. Jul 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM
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    Yeah, I've noticed that mine does it after it's only been running for a while and it's very slight. Not very noticeable like the ol' 2nd gens.
     
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    mine didn't tick at all, tell I replace my cracked exhaust manifold, now I can hear the famous Toyota ticking when I accelerate
     
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    Thing to keep in mind with this "summer oil" is that going from a 5w30 to a 10w30 is only going to effect the cold properties of the oil. Once the oil is up to operating temp it is the same 30 weight oil so if you have a tick when the engine is warm with 5w30 then you'll have it with 10w30. A 10w40 would change the oil properties when the engine is warm.

    Tick wise could be the afore mentioned exhaust leak. Perhaps a tick from ignition arc, but would think both would pop a code in the system. Most likely the clearances. Just had mine done at the dealer not long since. Gone blank on how much it cost me. Brain probably trying to blot out the tramatic bill experience. Seem to remember somewhere around $300 or a bit more. I went ahead and had it done as that would cure the leaking valve cover issue I had from old gaskets and give me new intake gaskets all at the same go. Plus ended up getting a free alignment, but that's another story.
     
  13. Jul 26, 2012 at 3:57 PM
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    Yeah the 10W-40 sounds like a good weight to run, I'm pretty sure however that it's not an exhaust leak.
     
  14. Jul 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM
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    You might be able to locate it abit better with one of those mechanic stethoscopes. Valve lash is my bet, especially if your the 2nd, 3rd etc.. owner of it.
     
  15. Jul 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM
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    Yeah, I'm the 2nd owner and bought it from a reputable dealer here in Columbia, it was never used to tow anything at all b/c it didn't even have a trailer hitch mounted when I bought it! So, I knew it was babied. I just don't understand why it would do that when all the maintenance has been kept up?
     
  16. Jul 26, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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    My 2nd gen that I drive occasionally ticks all the time. First gen doesn't tick at all. Having a slight ticking isn't necessarily a bad thing (assuming its the valves). Remember, its always better to be looser than tighter on your valve lash, if you tighten it too much you can be preventing your valves from seating and loose power/ damage your valves. My first gen almost has 300k on the stock valve clearances. I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  17. Jul 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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    My 04 taco with 46k miles on it has a very slight tick. Took a two foot long fh screwdriver and spent an hour trying to find it. And sure enough I did.
    It was my injectors.
     
  18. Aug 29, 2012 at 9:29 PM
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    01 V6 120k Yea.. I have valve rattle also. Shell premium gas helps.... somewhat. Mobil 1 seems better than Quaker State Syn. But has not gone away. Did someone say ck injectors?
     

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