1996 TOYOTA TACOMA SPARK KNOCK

  • Tiny
  • ben alverson
  • 1996 Toyota Tacoma

Engine Performance problem
1996 Toyota Tacoma 4 cyl Four Wheel Drive Manual 274000 miles

The truck has a chronic spark knock most noticeable
at low speeds and in 2nd and 3rd gear. Looking at
manuals and online with Mitchell and Alldata, I cannot
find a clear reference to adjustment of timiing. Hayes
notes that the distributor can be "turned" to increase/decrease time but I cannot locate the bolt
that would allow the distributor to be "turned". Does the timing have to be programed through the
ECM if adjustment is needed? Or is there another
problem that could be causing the knock such as
the knock sensor. As an aside, the engine seems to be down on power as well. All of this came about after having to have a head gasket replaced which
meant having to have a new head and valve train rebuilt. Thanks for the help.

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Thursday, June 10th, 2010 AT 9:27 AM

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  • bluelightnin6
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Hello and thanks for donating

Since this happened after cylinder head replacement I would think it has to do with the timing. Was the repair made at a shop or at home? make sure #1 cylinder is at TDC of compression stroke and groove on crankshaft pully aligns with 0 marking of chain cover. If timing is off then follow steps below to adjust ..


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