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1993 Isuzu Rodeo engine tick at idle and other

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  • wilson ont Sep 06, 2008

    My problem is simular with a 2002 rodeo LS , I was told that the valves may also have to set, I experience a loss of power as well. The engine type is 3.2ltre V6

  • brk2586 Dec 10, 2008

    My 92 Izuzu Rodeo has balls out the door...just like day 1....With 187,000 on it, but I've got the same problem. When I dump outta 3rd to come to a stop the motor dips to low sometimes & stalls out. no blue or black smoke so no blow by, But a horrible Noise, almost as if something were loose, is apparent....& it idles like ****. This thing has a timing belt with a tensioner? Can I change this myself? I did my 95 honda acccord...Instructions? Help

  • brk2586 Feb 12, 2009

    So here's the official Skinny on the 92 Rodeo Problems....and the fact is....according to an isuzu mechanic..that all of us are correct. It is a deadly combination of such mistakes that lead to the demise of this motor...starting with the valves. Indeed valves are supposed to be adjusted every now and again...but the one's for this motor are said to have a mind of their own coming loose and out of adjustment. 2nd. The timing belt tensioner set - up is garbage...and was designed not to be you would find it easier to just bring it in. 3rdly, and most the cams themselves. When the 3.1 (3.2 after 92) cams we're forged....they were cooked @ an improper temperature...causeing premature wear of the cam lobes themselves. This is the the valves are such a nitemare in this vehicle..because the cams are slowly eating away and the lifters and such take the brunt of this.....making quite the mess of the top of your heads. I pulled a sloid and kept drivin it after my first post here and finally as of yesterday it died. I tore it apart and Mr. Isuzu was dead on. The cams ate the lifters right down....and usually this extra tension on the camshaft when this process starts to occur is whats stretching these shitty timing belts and causing improper idle. solution? Mine was simple. a 4.6 litlre v-8 and a mustang 5 speed. Tucks right in with a little inner wheel well customization ( i beat it in an inch with a hammer) Good luck to you all with this piece of **** motor and my reccomendation is if you've got one with over 100 k on it to sell it while it still runs well....because repair of this particular problem is costly to say the least. Stick with my new agenda. No timing belts...just chains. chans get loose over time as well...but nothing compared to the problems ive incurred with belted cars vs. chained. . . over all The isuzu rodeo for 92-98 gets a 2 out of 10 in my book...only because it off roaded everyday and didnt say no.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    the vehicle idles very fast when started, then wants to stall when you step on the gas. there are no codes showing on the dtc except for the 12 code which shows the dtc is working correctly.



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The stalling cound be your idle control; on the throttle body. The ticking noise is either from the timing belt hydralic tensioner or a valve lifter. If you hear the ticking in the front of the engine on the 3.2 v-6 it is most likely the tensioner. As for changing the timing belt it is a very involved process ( I've done it many times ). Everything on the front of the engine comes off including the engine balancer on the crankshaft.
The idler pully and belt tensioner are located at the bottom of the engine near the crank on the passenger side of block. Now there are two cams, water pump ( Change that also when you are down there ), crank pully to run the belt over. There are timing marks on the cover plate behind the cam pullies and one on the crank a notch that lines up on the oil pump cover. REMEMBER THIS DO NOT MOVE THE CAMS AND CRANKSHAFT WHEN YOU HAVE THEM LINED UP. If you are not sure get the manual and get a good friend who is a good mechanic. This it an advanced repair job; you mess up the timing and you will bend valves at the minimum..

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Do not listen to this **** belts and **** the problem with this engines and all over head valve engines is that the tapets become lose and are supposed to be re adjusted ever fourty
thousand kiometers.

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A very common problem with these engines is a clicking sound in the engine, it can be a slight annoying click, to a loud knocking sound. I end result is usually the same, replace your timing belt and tensioner. I researched this problem when i bought mine, and it was knocking. i replaced the timing belt, (which was loose) and actually took the tensioner apart and cleaned it (not recommended for the mechanically challenged). new tensioners may be tought to find. when i put it all back together, it ran smooth and quiet.

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I have a 95 Rodeo and was experiencing this problem myself. When I went to have the emissions check and I didn't pass they told me that I had a miss. I changed the plugs and the wires, and that still didn't fix it. It ended up being a Ignition Coil. Once I changed this I got rid of the tick and I the entire car ran better. I got 5 more mile to the gallon on my gas. To check this you can follow your plug wires one by one to the coil or distributor cap. With the car on, using a pair of insulated pliers, take your plug wires off, one at a time. When you pull the wire and there is no electricity coming through the wire, then you know that that is the coil not working properly. So, if your plugs are good and so are your wires, this would be the next thing to check... 

Posted on Nov 20, 2008

A loud tick sound is a miss, so you’ll probably have an issue with wires or distributor cap. If it’s a really soft ticking that seems to either get worse or disappear with acceleration, I’d expect that it’s belt tension. There are 3 (if you have AC) so if you did the belts recently, you probably over-torqued one, or more, of them. If you’re experiencing rough idol after messing with belts, that’s almost always it.

Hope that helps.

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SOURCE: 1993 isuzu rodeo with 175,000 miles has ticking

If it comes and goes, chances are the hydraulic lifters are dirty. You may get luck by adding Marvel Mystery Oil to your engine oil, this will clean out all the sludge and carbon in the engine's internal moving parts. Do this for then next few oil changes, just keep an eye on the oil level. The Marvel Mystery Oil is thinner and will burn out much quicker, but should be good for 3,000 miles which is the next oil service interval. Good luck and keep me posted, be glad to answer any more questions you may have.

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