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daveo
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3/04/2003
13:05:04

Subject: My Dak sounds like a diesel
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When I'm idling it sounds almost like it's a diesel. I can't tell if it's a pulley or internal, like main bearings or something.
It's done it since I bought it about 3-months ago, so I don't think it's hurting anything.

Has anyone noticed this with their Dak, and what could it be? It's a '96 xtended cab.
Thanks,
Daveo.



Dak95
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3/04/2003
13:34:35

RE: My Dak sounds like a diesel
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Mine sounds a bit better then a diesel but I know what you're saying! I've found that one step cooler plugs and NOT putting anything less than 89 octane it improves but doesn't quiet it completely.

Mark
95 CC 4X4 3.9l



randyr
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3/04/2003
16:08:25

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if its the same noise i have i believe its the timing chain slapping the cover mines been doin it for year and a half now dont have the extra time to mess with it right now



daveo
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3/04/2003
16:28:55

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Thanks guys,
randyr, it may be the timing chain, since I have 126,000 miles on it.



jeremy
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3/04/2003
17:09:15

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Could be the lifters also i had an 88 bronco 2 and it made the noise but it was the lifters



JoesDak
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3/04/2003
20:06:08

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I have a 99 3.9L and it makes that same kind of noise.I was told it was the lifters.I am not really sure what it is but it drives me insane.In about 2weeks its going in the shop for the lower and upper ball joints and im going to have dodge take a look at that too.If i find out what it is i will put a post up about it.



JON
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3/05/2003
19:07:31

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I have a '96 Dak as well. I think your referring to good ole knocking. Probably sounds the worst when lugging at lower rpm's. If so, 3923 spark plugs, 180 t-stat, and mid-grade fuel are the easiest mods to help. I had to do all that on mine and it solved the problem. Good luck.



adam182003
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3/06/2003
08:51:35

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i have had this problem 2 and i brought it to the shop and they said i had a bad exuast manifold. they will be replacing it soon i will let u know if it works




Daveo
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3/06/2003
12:36:49

RE: My Dak sounds like a diesel
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Thanks for all the info!!!
This board is GREAT!!
Jon,
I may change my plugs and plug wires, thanks!

jeremy, I'll check the lifters as well, thanks!

Dak95, I'll run higher octane gasoline, thanks!

randyr, I'll be sure and check out the timing chain, Thanks!

adam182003, Ill check the exhaust manifolds too, thanks!
Again,
Thanks to all!!
Daveo.




Chris
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4/15/2003
19:43:11

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Please tell me what a diesel sounds like. Becuz my 90 dodge v6 3.9 has a lite whining or weezing noise to it that raises and lowers with the speed of the engine.



Jason..T
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6/05/2003
23:13:14

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definitely..a..timing..chain..prob..I..had..the..same..prob..with..my..93..dakota..3.9L..V6..and..it..has..125,000..miles..We..just..replaced..the..timing..chain..yesterday..and..it..sounds..a..lot..better..



Earxz
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11/21/2019
12:42:58

RE: My Dak sounds like a diesel
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This is an unbelievably old thread but ill post anyway. My dak
started making this noise about 13 years ago and over
120,000 miles ago and it never had an issue. i don’t have a
clue what causes the sound but it’s never caused damage, it
just makes a different sound for some reason.



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