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Loud ticking (injector?) #760778 10/26/06 07:47 AM
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irsean Offline OP
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I have a loud ticking from what seems to be coming from an injector. What is the sign of a failing injector and what could this ticking be?


1993 4Runner SR-5 4WD V-6 Auto Trans
1990 Pick-up (Hilux) 2WD SR-5 V-6 Auto Trans
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Re: Loud ticking (injector?) [Re: irsean] #760779 10/26/06 05:39 PM
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suba Offline
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When/where exactly does the sound happen? Does it change with rpm?


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Re: Loud ticking (injector?) [Re: suba] #760780 10/26/06 06:14 PM
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irsean Offline OP
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It's more pronounced when the engine is cold but, the ticking is constant (however it does quit for a few seconds here and there). This isn't the normal ticking you hear in a healthy 3.0, it's louder. The noise seems to be coming from an injector but not quite sure (I used a screwdriver as a stethascope). Sounds like a mechanical valve way out of adjustment (I know these engines have hydraulic valves, not mech ones).


1993 4Runner SR-5 4WD V-6 Auto Trans
1990 Pick-up (Hilux) 2WD SR-5 V-6 Auto Trans
Re: Loud ticking (injector?) [Re: irsean] #760781 10/26/06 06:21 PM
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mine does the same thing and i would like to hear what it might be also. my truck sounds like a train wreck driving down the road and id like that to stop.


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Re: Loud ticking (injector?) [Re: irsean] #760782 10/26/06 06:22 PM
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i would check all the spark plug wires. check from the boots at the distributor all the way to the plugs. look for cuts, breaks or any way that the electricity could be arcing to a ground. an ingnition coil makes enough voltage that when jumping through the air to ground, it makes a loud clicking noise.


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Re: Loud ticking (injector?) [Re: IceBlueT] #760783 10/26/06 06:53 PM
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Exhaust leaks make a ticking noise as well. Have you tried fuel injection cleaner to see if it helps?

Re: Loud ticking (injector?) #760784 10/26/06 09:51 PM
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bassplaya Offline
Getting the Wheeling Fever
well for mine a spark plug backed out and shot out of my engine. i retapped the hole, but ever since it has ticked bad and makes a weird grinding noise upon acceleration.


94 Pickup DLX V6 stock as stock can be, but not for long.
Re: Loud ticking (injector?) #760785 10/26/06 10:03 PM
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irsean Offline OP
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I've isolated each spark plug and wire at the dist cap and the sound persisted. I can't quite put my finger on the source of the noise but it seems to be coming from under the air manifold (the aluminum intake on an EFI system) that sits on top of the whole engine. And the only thing under there is injectors. I feel a matching "vibration" in the fuel injector system (pressurized pipes near throttle body). So this tells me it's most likely a fuel injection problem.
I don't think it is an exh. leak. The location of the noise and the pure "metalic, mechanical" nature of the tick leads me to exclude thos problems. Although I did look for "blue flame" in the dark and saw nothing (not that this is all the reliable).
I used injector cleaner a few months ago. What does a bad injector sound like?


1993 4Runner SR-5 4WD V-6 Auto Trans
1990 Pick-up (Hilux) 2WD SR-5 V-6 Auto Trans
Re: Loud ticking (injector?) [Re: irsean] #760786 10/28/06 04:53 AM
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half_fast Offline
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Check the fuel pulsation dampener. That little metal canister on the right side of the motor next to the plenum is what always clicks on me.


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Re: Loud ticking (injector?) [Re: irsean] #760787 11/03/06 10:58 AM
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Did you ever figure out the problem with the loud ticking? Mine just started doing the same thing after I changed the oil. (10w30) Exactly as you described (same area)definately not an exhaust leak, and I just put in new plugs/wires, etc.. So... Any Ideas?

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