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My 1997 ford explorer 4x4 makes a clicking sound when you giv it gas

The motor it self seems sound but i cant quite pinpoint where it is comming from

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This is very common on these 4.0 engines most likely is ur rear timing chain tentioner. These engines have 4 chains alltogether. Good luck!!

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that clicking sound you no longer hear is a relay switch behind dashboard ....aftermarket one's sold at all chain auto parts stores

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Problly bad connection to the battery check cables if so try to clean battery post.

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You could fill the tires with Nitrogen but it will cost about $15 a tire. You will gain 1.5 - 2 miles more a gallon. Big trucks were made for pulling and hualing only. If your looking at gas mileage then you need a focus.

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Only thing that comes to mind with description is maybe heat shield on exhaust, getting loose. Wait until vehicle is cooled off and get under there & check any heat shields you see wrapped around or near exhaust, above it attached to floor of vehicle etc, and give them all a little shake or rap with rubber hammer or similar to see if any rattles are present.

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The automatic 4-wheel drive (A4WD) system is a 2-speed torque-on-demand (TOD) operation that utilizes the following components:
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  • 4-wheel drive (4WD) control module (integral to the powertrain control module [PCM])
  • Mode select switch (MSS)
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Principles of Operation
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  1. If an obvious cause for an observed or reported concern is found, correct the cause (if possible) before proceeding to the next step.
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    • check the connections to the vehicle.
    • check the ignition switch position.
  1. If the diagnostic tool still does not communicate with the vehicle, refer to the diagnostic tool operating manual.
  1. Carry out the diagnostic tool data link test. If the diagnostic tool responds with:
    • CAN circuit fault; all electronic control units no response/not equipped, refer to Section 418-00 .
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    • System passed, retrieve and record the continuous diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs), erase the continuous DTCs and carry out the 4WD module (PCM) self test.
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