Another ticky engine question + CEL

02-21-2010, 07:52 PM
I just bought a 2000 Rodeo with a pretty loud tick. This is my 5th Rodeo, and they all have had ticks at some point, but this one is pretty loud. I assumed it was the timing belt tensioner, but before I order the $185 part from Seattle I want to make sure that's what it is. It's a constant tick, that is louder with acceleration and is loudest at idle and acceleration. Once I take my foot off the gas it fades to quiet enough that the heater blower noise covers it, but it never goes away. I also have a CEL on.

02-21-2010, 10:46 PM

There are a couple of videos in the link.

It could also be a spun rod bearing (typically happens on the +98 due to low oil).

02-21-2010, 11:39 PM
Thank you for the link! My tick definitely sounds like the third video: lifter tick.

02-22-2010, 12:00 AM
The +98 isuzu had hydrolic nonadjustable lifters. Lifter tick was common on the 93-97 3.2L...

you may have dirty lifters and a 1/2 can of sea foam may help out.

02-22-2010, 12:14 AM
Super, I picked up some Seafoam tonight. Hopefully that and an oil change will do the trick.

04-02-2010, 08:43 PM
Ok, so hubby did an oil change, ran some SeaFoam and changed out the t-belt tensioner, but to no avail--the tick is just as loud as before.

What's next? Valves?

This engine only has 67K on it...

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