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2001 sable ping no code

I have a 2001 Mercury Sable LS with a 3.0L DOHC engine. During initial acceleration when the engine is warm, I hear a loud pinging that sounds like spark knock to me, but only for about a second or so. I've checked the vacuum lines and they are in good shape. The engine is pulling 17 in-hg of vacuum at idle. The EGR valve is holding vacuum as well. I checked the resistance on the EGR solenoid, which should be 20 ohms, and it was 38 ohms. Is that enough to make that much of a difference? The engine is not missing, as far as I can tell, and the check engine light has not come on at all. I also have a light ticking sound while driving, quiet enough that I'm still not sure I'm not imagining it. Any help would be appreciated.

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    n00blet Jul 14, 2013

    Still hoping someone out there can answer my question....

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    Brad Jul 14, 2013

    You may need to repost your question. I know less about how this site works than I'd like. But it seems that once anyone gives an answer to a quetion, that question is removed from the unanswered quick view list.And I can't figure out how other techs can find it & join the discussion. No help menu here. If you repost I'll not give an answer so some one else can.

  • n00blet
    n00blet Jul 15, 2013

    I figured it out: none of the above. power steering pump pulley had lost a chunk causeing the shaft bearing to go out, which explains why the noise wasn't quite right for what I was thinking.

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    Brad Jul 16, 2013

    Glad you got some satisfaction enve if we were no help.

  • n00blet
    n00blet Jul 16, 2013

    Some might say satisfaction, others might say facepalm lol



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Many older Ford products don't have anti knock sensor circuit so most likely your hearing your cylinder valve's death rattle. Higher OCTANE gas will help. Break a valve junk the car.

Posted on Jul 13, 2013

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    n00blet Jul 13, 2013

    Thank you for your opinion. Does anyone have an answer for the question I posed?

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    n00blet Jul 13, 2013

    Also I just checked, and the car does have a knock sensor. I would think if there were a problem with it, the knocking would probably continue for longer than a second and I would get a DTC, but I could be wrong..

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    Brad Jul 14, 2013

    Loud pinging is a term often used for valve rattle. My 3L Ranger with out the Knock sensor will only ping for a sec. or 2 & only if I put my foot in to it hard. A heavy pull will also cause ping. Maybe your sensor is failing. If you believe it to be spark jump find a dark parking place, open hood & look for sparking while someone holds brake hard and pops the gas. Just something to ponder. Good Luck

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    n00blet Jul 14, 2013

    "Spark knock" is a common term for detonation. Perhaps I shouldn't have used that term. I don't believe an arcing spark plug/wire wouldn't necessarily make any noise (at least I have never encountered any that made any noise). I was really just curious to know whether that difference in resistance values on the EGR solenoid would make enough of a difference to cause detonation (thus the only ? in my post). Perhaps I came to the wrong place.



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