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Posted: Sep 2, 2014 - 11:52pm

 DaveInVA wrote:
Valve noises are usually more of a click or ticking sound and if bad especially on a 4 cylinder engine you'd likely notice the idle not being smooth as it should. Also, valve noises are usually audible at speeds other than just idle. Thats why I was asking if the noise went away if revved up and whether its coming from the top or bottom of the engine but she didn't respond to any of my questions. Ultimately it should be looked at by a mechanic as from the current description we can only make semi-informed guesses.

 
I am pretty sure it only knocks in idle.  I have no idea if it is coming from the top or the bottom of the engine.
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Posted: Sep 2, 2014 - 3:44pm

 DaveInVA wrote:
Valve noises are usually more of a click or ticking sound and if bad especially on a 4 cylinder engine you'd likely notice the idle not being smooth as it should. Also, valve noises are usually audible at speeds other than idle. Thats why I was asking if the noise went away if revved up and whether its coming from the top or bottom of the engine but she didn't respond to any of my questions. Ultimately it should be looked at by a mechanic as from the current description we can only make semi-informed guesses.
 
Quite true. I was judging the make and mileage too: it's doubtful a Toy engine has crapped out at 30K. But it could have a nice build-up of crud inside. Apparently that's a big problem with the new direct-injection engines too: since there's no fuel flowing past the valves, crud from the PCV isn't cleaned off the valves, and builds up. I don't think hers is DI, but I'm betting the valves have some good carbon deposits.
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Posted: Sep 2, 2014 - 3:24pm

Valve noises are usually more of a click or ticking sound and if bad especially on a 4 cylinder engine you'd likely notice the idle not being smooth as it should. Also, valve noises are usually audible at speeds other than just idle. Thats why I was asking if the noise went away if revved up and whether its coming from the top or bottom of the engine but she didn't respond to any of my questions. Ultimately it should be looked at by a mechanic as from the current description we can only make semi-informed guesses.


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Posted: Sep 2, 2014 - 3:08pm

 2cats wrote:
It gets regular oil changes.  At the gas place, there are 3 grades of gas, and I use the cheapest.  So should I go one up for my next fill up you think?
  You can either fill up with a tank of mid-grade (or better), or get a bottle of 'Techron' engine treatment. The car nerds say it is the only one of those concoctions that actually does anything. Either way it could take a few tanks to get the crud out. Techron is pretty expensive compared to some of the other snake oils in the Auto Parts store, but it works better.

It could be something as simple as carbon build-up on the valves: the Techron will help with that. There are some tricks you can do to blast the carbon off, but it's more complicated than the average person wants to deal with.

It's not a bad idea to let your mechanic take a listen though. If a valve has actually gone bad, it will get much worse. They may try to sell you some expensive 'injector cleaning' process, it's not going to hurt anything but it may not help much either. You can run the Techron treatment a couple times, using mid-grade gas, and get pretty much the same results.


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Posted: Sep 2, 2014 - 2:14pm

 cc_rider wrote:

You should take it in. It might just need a few doses of fuel system cleaner, but it could also have a bad valve, which will get worse. 30K is nothing: if the oil has been changed regularly it should run perfectly.

Do you use regular gas? I learned from the lawnmower/weedeater repair guys, most of the problems they see are due to using the cheapest gas. I only use mid-grade in my cars, tractor, lawnmower, weedeater, chainsaws...

You can try running a few tanks of mid- or premium-grade gas.

Good luck!

 
It gets regular oil changes.  At the gas place, there are 3 grades of gas, and I use the cheapest.  So should I go one up for my next fill up you think?


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Posted: Sep 2, 2014 - 2:14pm

If its a metallic muffled sound that seems like its coming from the lower part of the engine and it goes away when revved it could be a rod bearing which would be no fun. Hopefully its just pre ignition from using gas that it to low in octane.
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Posted: Sep 2, 2014 - 2:09pm

 2cats wrote:
This isn't a really big problem considering everything else that is going on but, we have a 2007 RAV4 with 30,000 miles that has a kind of a knock when it is idling? Do I need to take it in? Should I just ignore it? I googled it and didn't really get anything useful. 

 
You should take it in. It might just need a few doses of fuel system cleaner, but it could also have a bad valve, which will get worse. 30K is nothing: if the oil has been changed regularly it should run perfectly.

Do you use regular gas? I learned from the lawnmower/weedeater repair guys, most of the problems they see are due to using the cheapest gas. I only use mid-grade in my cars, tractor, lawnmower, weedeater, chainsaws...

You can try running a few tanks of mid- or premium-grade gas.

Good luck!
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Posted: Sep 2, 2014 - 2:06pm

 2cats wrote:
This isn't a really big problem considering everything else that is going on but, we have a 2007 RAV4 with 30,000 miles that has a kind of a knock when it is idling? Do I need to take it in? Should I just ignore it? I googled it and didn't really get anything useful. 

 
Have you checked the oil?
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Posted: Sep 2, 2014 - 2:04pm

 2cats wrote:
This isn't a really big problem considering everything else that is going on but, we have a 2007 RAV4 with 30,000 miles that has a kind of a knock when it is idling? Do I need to take it in? Should I just ignore it? I googled it and didn't really get anything useful. 

 
Does it go away when you rev it and come back as soon as it idles?
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Posted: Sep 2, 2014 - 1:54pm

This isn't a really big problem considering everything else that is going on but, we have a 2007 RAV4 with 30,000 miles that has a kind of a knock when it is idling? Do I need to take it in? Should I just ignore it? I googled it and didn't really get anything useful. 
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Posted: Aug 1, 2014 - 7:45pm

PLEASE NO POLITICAL SHIT!!!
  Anyone have VA health care under the ACA?

If so,can you share what you know?I done spelt "know" correctly 50% of the time tonight,I think I deserve to ,umm,——squirrel!


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Posted: Jul 29, 2014 - 10:49am

 helenofjoy wrote:

Is a 98 Subaru Legacy Outback.  I had to rush it in before closing to a guy a friend recommended yesterday to look at it.  Luckily he was able to get it to close just as he was going to give up on it, so at least I don't have to duct tape plastic on my window until next Tuesday! He says it's rare in this car that a switch goes bad but that's what he thinks it is.  It also looks to me like that window isn't seated property just from marks on the window from it going up and down.  I don't know if that can kill a switch, but it's not cheap to replace in this car.  The labor is far cheaper than the part!  Also found out it will cost $2,700 to paint my front fenders and bumper to match the rest of my car!  I may just paint some strange floral graphics on them myself.  It can't look worse than it does now.  Or not.

 
On most cars the switches are fairly easy to remove and test. Removed they can be tested with a DVM. Using jumpers with the switch removed would test the motor function (or lack thereof).
If the window seals are leaking moisture, bits of leaves etc can get in there and stick to the greased moving parts and gum it up making it a more difficult load on the motor. And yes those switches are usually not cheap even though they look like that cost under a $ to produce. The window switches for my old Jag XJ6 were $88 each and they use to fail with alarming regularity and they are $250 each for my "new" XK8 and about $50 used but these are made by FORD instead of LUCAS and they seem to last a lot longer.


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Posted: Jul 29, 2014 - 10:17am

 DaveInVA wrote:

I've my my fair share of fun with the GM plastic guides also as my Dad had a Chevy with that problem. Its loads of fun.

 
Is a 98 Subaru Legacy Outback.  I had to rush it in before closing to a guy a friend recommended yesterday to look at it.  Luckily he was able to get it to close just as he was going to give up on it, so at least I don't have to duct tape plastic on my window until next Tuesday! He says it's rare in this car that a switch goes bad but that's what he thinks it is.  It also looks to me like that window isn't seated property just from marks on the window from it going up and down.  I don't know if that can kill a switch, but it's not cheap to replace in this car.  The labor is far cheaper than the part!  Also found out it will cost $2,700 to paint my front fenders and bumper to match the rest of my car!  I may just paint some strange floral graphics on them myself.  It can't look worse than it does now.  Or not.
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Posted: Jul 28, 2014 - 6:10pm

 bokey wrote:
 Due to recent metabolic changes,I had a really hard time with Pops blood sugar last month.

He won't be home for a couple more weeks.

 I'm considering an insulin pump.

Anyone with personal experience,please advise.

 Thank you.

 
I have been on a pump for a couple of years.  The main benefit to me was the lack of "peaks" associated with the long acting insulin (Lantus for me).  I also traded in five shots a day for one needle every three days.  My skin is much happier.  The pump uses one type of insulin instead of two which saves one copay each month. 

I have the medtronics pump.  Their online software for uploading data is buggy but the mechanics of the pump is solid.

Good luck.

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Posted: Jul 28, 2014 - 4:02pm

 cc_rider wrote:

Yeah, right up there with dental surgery. I admit it's satisfying when it's finished, no more droopy windows, but in the middle it makes me want to kill a GM engineer.

 
The most fun part is all the paper cut like cuts you end up with on your hands and wrists from all the razor sharp stamped sheet metal edges you have to reach through and then cleaning all the putrified white grease out of the wounds later.

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Posted: Jul 28, 2014 - 3:57pm

 DaveInVA wrote:

I've my my fair share of fun with the GM plastic guides also as my Dad had a Chevy with that problem. Its loads of fun.

 
Yeah, right up there with dental surgery. I admit it's satisfying when it's finished, no more droopy windows, but in the middle it makes me want to kill a GM engineer.
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Posted: Jul 28, 2014 - 3:18pm

 cc_rider wrote:

Also depends on the car. GM cars had a long-running problem with the plastic guides in the window regulator (the scissory-looking mechanism that raises and lowers the window). I replaced a number of the guides with an updated version: it's a hassle even if you're a gearhead, but a good mechanic could do it for you.

But the usual culprit is gummed tracks, or the rubber window seals have gotten hard and sticky. Quickest way to fix the window seal issue is to get a can of 'silicone spray' at the auto parts store, spray a little on the rubber strips that rub on the window as it opens and closes. If you can get the window moving, spray a little on the window as you lower it, so it will carry the silicone down into the rubber seal. If that doesn't get things moving, you may have to pull the door panel and check it out. Usually not as bad as it sounds, if you research how they come off. There's always a hidden screw somewhere that everybody misses.

Junkyard parts are cheap, but often not worth the hassle, since you're likely to have to wrench the thing out yourself. I usually go to www.rockauto.com for parts first. They have a good selection at several price points, usually including the OEM supplier. Which is not always the best choice, although it's almost always the most expensive. I had an ongoing issue with Ford truck door lock mechanisms: I think the person who designed it is related to Goldberg.

 
I've my my fair share of fun with the GM plastic guides also as my Dad had a Chevy with that problem. Its loads of fun.
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Posted: Jul 28, 2014 - 3:11pm

 DaveInVA wrote:

The mechanism has likely gotten gummed with time which also puts undo stress on the motor and its gear-head assembly. Most of those motors have a safety thermal cutout that auto reset when they cool down. If its not reacting at all now it could be the motor, the relay (if used on that model) or the window switch. Do you hear it trying at all when trying it?. Best case the door panel should be removed and the mechanism cleaned and lubed. If the motor is damaged it will need to be replaced.Most are a real pain to replace but you can usually find a cheap replacement from a junkyard.

 
Also depends on the car. GM cars had a long-running problem with the plastic guides in the window regulator (the scissory-looking mechanism that raises and lowers the window). I replaced a number of the guides with an updated version: it's a hassle even if you're a gearhead, but a good mechanic could do it for you.

But the usual culprit is gummed tracks, or the rubber window seals have gotten hard and sticky. Quickest way to fix the window seal issue is to get a can of 'silicone spray' at the auto parts store, spray a little on the rubber strips that rub on the window as it opens and closes. If you can get the window moving, spray a little on the window as you lower it, so it will carry the silicone down into the rubber seal. If that doesn't get things moving, you may have to pull the door panel and check it out. Usually not as bad as it sounds, if you research how they come off. There's always a hidden screw somewhere that everybody misses.

Junkyard parts are cheap, but often not worth the hassle, since you're likely to have to wrench the thing out yourself. I usually go to www.rockauto.com for parts first. They have a good selection at several price points, usually including the OEM supplier. Which is not always the best choice, although it's almost always the most expensive. I had an ongoing issue with Ford truck door lock mechanisms: I think the person who designed it is related to Goldberg.
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Posted: Jul 28, 2014 - 2:48pm

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Lately my driver's side front window on my car has been a little sluggish going back up.  It would go down okay, but slow on the going up side.  Well, today, I had it down and now it won't go back up at all!  Anyone know what to do?

 
Window motor going bad.

Likely from listening to rap, smoking cigarettes, and hanging with the tough kids. 
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Posted: Jul 28, 2014 - 2:28pm

 helenofjoy wrote:
Lately my driver's side front window on my car has been a little sluggish going back up.  It would go down okay, but slow on the going up side.  Well, today, I had it down and now it won't go back up at all!  Anyone know what to do?

 
The mechanism has likely gotten gummed with time which also puts undo stress on the motor and its gear-head assembly. Most of those motors have a safety thermal cutout that auto reset when they cool down. If its not reacting at all now it could be the motor, the relay (if used on that model) or the window switch. Do you hear it trying at all when trying it?. Best case the door panel should be removed and the mechanism cleaned and lubed. If the motor is damaged it will need to be replaced.Most are a real pain to replace but you can usually find a cheap replacement from a junkyard.
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