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Piston slap??
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Zenia    Posted 10-28-2004 at 20:20:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
My '99 Toyota Tacoma has just recently started making a slight, but constant, even knocking sound. My mechanic said he thinks it's a piston slapping sound, or a loose crankshaft bearing. He said either way, not much to do about it but keep my oil changed and live with it. He said he's seen cars go well over 100,000 miles with the piston noise...

Should I take it to the dealer for a diagnostic, or just live with it? It's not a loud noise or anything, but the engine was so quiet before...

Bob/Ont    Posted 10-28-2004 at 20:43:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would head for the dealer if I where you. When a crank bearing gets loose enough to knock it isn't too long for this world. Have them cut open the oil filter and look for metal in it. Does the noise go a way when you bring the speed up over idle a bit?
Later Bob

Zenia    Posted 10-28-2004 at 21:01:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for your reply!

Hmmm seems like the knocking is worse at idle, I really notice it at stops, but not too sure. The dealer is minimum $85.00 to walk in the door, but you're probably right... I can't afford to have my truck go. As it is, I have been getting hit with car repairs every other month. My other car is 11 years old and it was great until last year. Now the nickle & diming has started...

Zenia - And another thing    Posted 10-28-2004 at 20:26:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't you just hate it when you get that dry/ icky tickle in the back of your throat, and you just know it's the start of a nasty cold?! One of my almost 4 year old twin boys started out with a nasty, nasty cough. Then the other boy got it by this morning, and now looks like I'm getting it, too. Cold & flu season is here all right. Drat. I ought to go right to bed.

Zenia forgot to add -    Posted 10-28-2004 at 20:22:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is not the timing, which I thought it was, at first. I had a 60K service done on it. The belts are fine, valves OK.

UncleTom    Posted 10-29-2004 at 03:14:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
How many miles are on the toyota? I was just wondering as my sons toy has 170,000 on it. Is the knock worse or the same when it is cold. I once had a dorf that had piston slap in the cold winter. It would knock for about 6 blocks till there was enough heat generated to make the piston grow alittle then it would disapear. I never had it in the summer. Ran for 120,000 miles then i traded it, not because of that.

~Lenore    Posted 10-29-2004 at 07:59:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I love Toyotas!
I can't hardly wait till I get mine.
I am still trying to decide what Toyota I want.
I love the Rav4s but I am also considering a regular Toyota car (several models to consider), too.
That is the hardest part, deciding on just one.

Ret    Posted 10-29-2004 at 11:22:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
as you might have read, I bought a new Camry last year. Have not driven it much, but it is quiet and rides what I think is good. However, my Sable was 12 years older and had features the new car does not have. A change drawer with slots for coins, a double sun visor on the drivers side, no ashtray for those that smoke,and the seats are quite firm to say the least. Have not took a 4 or 5 hour trip yet, so can't tell you about gas mileage or how comfortble it would be sitting that long. In my limited driving I been getting about 27 MPG, part town and part highway. The few times I have checked it on the road it came out around 31 or so. I didn't look at the Solara, but it sure is a sleek looking car. It is appointed inside really nice. The 4 cylinder engine is certainly sufficent in these cars, never seems to lug even with AC on. Best of all, no rubber timing belt to replace ever. They have had consistantly high marks from CP, and that is one reason I bought this car. It has a big car feel and is steady on the road . Guess it all depends on what you want in a car. In this area, $18,000 will buy one

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