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Old 01-13-2020, 06:58 PM
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Engine Knock Question

2000 Jeep Wrangler 4.0 with 140k miles. I recently have started to get an engine knock within the last 3500 miles. Its definitely pretty noticeable on start up when the engine is cold and just giving it some gas you can hear a loud knock but without giving it gas just the tick. When the engine warms up it quiets down and you don't hear it when giving it gas in park.

After its warmed up when you accelerate you can hear the knock and it grows with the RPM's but when you push in the clutch and give it gas while coasting you get no knock. Also when stopped in neutral and giving it gas you get no knocking noise other then some vibration for half a second and it goes away. Engine seems to be running fine with no loss of power but I do get some vibration while shifting gears and RPM is around 1500-2000. Hard to tell if the knock is coming from the top or the bottom but it seemed more on the top when I was under the hood yesterday with the oil cap off and running.

Recently had the clutch and throw out replaced about 5000 miles ago. Don't know if its just coincidence or not. I changed out the oil about 500 miles ago and did 5 quarts of 5w-30 and 1 quart of ATF to see if it could be just lifter but have not noticed much change if any.

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Old 01-14-2020, 09:21 AM
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Here is the noise from a cold start

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Old 01-14-2020, 10:07 AM   #3
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You may want to eliminate something easy (and free) first. Check your exhaust system. Make sure all your bolts are tight. You would be surprised how much clanking and noise comes through a leaky exhaust, especially if leaking at or near the manifold or flanges.

Since you had the tranny dropped recently, it is possible something did not get sufficiently tightened up when it all went back together and loosened up on you.

Check bolts all exhaust connections, front to back. While there, check the exhaust manifold to make sure everything is tight there too.

If it were an exhaust leak, the connections between the Y-pipe and the flanges would be the biggest culprit in making a loud racket that can sound a lot like dreaded piston slap.

Let's hope it is this, since the cost is small or free if you DIY.

I had a flange fitment issue on my 05 Rubicon, preventing the pipes to tighten properly. I was amazed at how much clanking disappeared when it was all fitting and tightened up! So much quieter. I just turned 206k miles this week...

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Old 01-14-2020, 12:48 PM   #4
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My JK TOB can make my junk sound like a diesel. Try and isolate further where it's really coming from. Use a long screwdriver or extension up to an ear/use as a stethoscope.

If it varies with clutch position would seem to be clutch related but really tough going by the video sound.

Sons tj had a stretched timing chain that varied in noise intensity/was slapping inside of cover.

Good luck/hopefully something simple to remedy.

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Old 01-17-2020, 06:42 PM   #5
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My 2002 4.0 makes the same exact noise. Did you ever find the culprit???
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