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Dodge Ram 2500 engine ping

I have a 96 Dodge Ram 2500 with the 318, I just had a tune up and I have an engine ping in the passenger side rear valve or lifter area. I had the plugs, wires and roter replaced and then it started. Any suggestions?

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  • scottandsher Dec 26, 2008

    I drove it again today to the establishment I had it fixed at and they said they heard nothing. I know my truck and I hear it plain as day. While coming home, it started to miss at steady speed and there seems to be a lack of power. I can "gun" it and it will get up but just does not seem to have the power at the lower band range. Someone suggested that it might be the EGR valve or the ignition coil, could either of these problems cause the above mentioned issues to include the pinging? I love my truck, but I am getting pretty frustrated with it. Thanks for the help.


  • scottandsher Dec 27, 2008

    I did switch over to a KandN filter could that be the cause of the too much air? And this did all start after I switched the filter also.

  • scottandsher Dec 30, 2008

    I am going to 93 octane and I have added MMO to my gas. I also found an exhaust leak coming from my converter on both pipes. This is being fixed today. Hope this stops my issues, I love my truck but it's really starting to frustrate me.

  • scottandsher Dec 31, 2008

    I just had the exhaust leak fixed and had a new O2 Sensor put into the Cat, I also went up an Octane level and added MMO to the gas. The truck seems to be running much, much better. There is no knocking and the power seems to be restored. I hope this is the end of my problems with the knocking engine and the leaking exhaust, now on to the next thing to pop up.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    Have a stuck or collapsed lifter and looking for a way to fix without pulling heads


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My 97 Neon has a pinging sound on acceleration after pulling off. Is it dirty spark plugs?

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Dodge has a couple of service bulletins for this problem. Since you said the pinging started after the tune up, the plug wires are probably not routed correctly. You may have a condition known as crossfire, where a misrouted spark plug is inducing a current into the wire next to it.

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Your ignition timing may have advanced too far. Or it is now where it should be and is making more cylinder pressure during combustion causing the gasoline to ignite to early causing detonation or ping.

Make sure the ignition timing is correct. If it is try better fuel meaning the octane rating.

If you can go up to the next octane level. For example if you are using 87 go to 89 and see if it goes away. 3 of my wife's last cars a 1986 Honda Prelude, 2000 Neon, and a 2003 Neon had some ping under medium to hard acceleration. She switched to 89 octane and the ping went away completely in each vehicle. Each of the vehicle had a good deal of miles on them.

The 2003 Neon has 75000 miles on it now and runs great on 89 octane. About a year ago I tried 87 Octane in her car and the ping came right back.

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  • Facewest Dec 27, 2008

    Check all of your vacuum lines and hoses. Sounds like you have an air leak some where in the system and it is sucking too much air and leaning out your fuel mixture.

    While it is running and the hood is up listen for a hissing sound. Of course be very careful when looking around a engine while it is running.

    A lean condition can cause detonation/pinging.

  • Facewest Dec 27, 2008

    Try going up to the next octane grade. If you have no vacuum leaks the fuel injection system should give you a good air/fuel ratio.

    When the knock sensor on your trucks computer is activated the computer will ****** the ignition a bit to avoid detonation and pinging. This also reduces horse power and mpg.

    Give the next octane level a try. A friend of mine in Las Vegas has a 1996 Lincoln Town car that ping and the noise was really bugging him. He had it tuned by the dealer and the ping was still there.

    I had him stop at a gas station and put in the mid grade and 3 miles later no more ping. That was 2.5 years ago and still now ping at he says thanks to going to the mid grade.


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