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6/19/2004
04:50:42

Subject: RE: Bizarre Engine noise
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my brother had a 318 in his 99 dodge ram and he had to put plus grade fuel in it to get the ticking gone. don't know if this will help or what grade fuel you put in your engine.



Dennis
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6/21/2004
18:44:00

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I am using 87 octane fuel. I always have since day 1. The really interesting part of the problem is that is just started happening after I changed the battery. The truck was without a battery for about an hour. The other interesting thing is that it doesn't do it in 4WD. If I drive "normally" without my foot into it, you would never know I have a problem. As soon as I accelerate hard you hear it. It's not hard to not hear it.



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6/23/2004
13:26:54

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Have you checked the u joints on rear driveshaft for slack?



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6/23/2004
14:04:11

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Did you ever figure out what the ticking was?

Later,



Dennis
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6/23/2004
21:40:18

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I have not figured out the noise. I have an appt. at the dealer tomorrow. My guess is that it has something to do with the computer resetting while the battery was disconnected. It sounds like a timing issue. The only part I don't understand is why it doesn't do it in 4wd. The computer must change the timing or something else when it's in 4wd. I'll let you know the outcome as soon as it's fixed.



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6/28/2004
11:39:19

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I never took the truck to the dealer. After I read all the similiar issues on these postings I filled up with better gas, changed the air filter, and changed the PCV valve. The noise is almost gone away. I'm going to fill up with 93 octane gas and see if that completely cures it. After reading all the issues with the dealer reflashing the computer, I thought I would try everything suggested before taking it there. My truck still moves really good, the last thing I want is a reduction in horse power.



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