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Old 02-08-2011, 01:27 PM
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Default Engine pinging at light load

Hello everyone, I bought a 1992 ranger sport 2.3 5 speed. I live in california and won`t pass smog it has high hydro carbons, i have put a new fuel pump & sender, spark plug and wires, cleaned the MAF, air filter,fuel filter, checked the egr and vacuum, has pretty new IAC and O2 sensor, the cat is after market, and it has no codes.Runs great but has 2 symtoms, first start in the morning, it stumbles for 4-5 sec and idle up, runs and strarts fine rest of the day. Next while crusing at any gear light load it ping, give it more gas it goes away? Any thoughts? Thanks
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:36 PM
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Default Re: Engine pinging at light load

A pinging noise under the hood noprmally means valve lifters. It's won't show up on a diagnostic either. The sympoms for bad lifters start slowly/sporadically and increasingly get worse (sluggish performance and the noise will also become more prevalant). I hope I'm wrong on this one because its a pain in the ass to replace them. Best of luck.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:28 PM
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Default Re: Engine pinging at light load

Try scrubbing the fuel injectors with a 1/3 of a can of seafoam in the tank and 1/3 sucked into the intake through the brake booster vacuum line.

Run 89 octane for a few tanks too and see if the ping goes away.

I'm thinking that scrubbing the injectors and the rest of the fuel system plus running a higher octane might clean any carbon deposits you might have. The deposits could be causing detonation.
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:46 PM
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Default Re: Engine pinging at light load

The lifter are quit, it doesn`t ping in closed loop when it`s cold or at more than 1/4 throtle. I don`t think octane is the problem it doesn`t ping under load, it seem to be lean, i`ll replace the new looking 02 sensor and see if it helps. I have techron in the tank now, will try seafoam next in the tank and vacuum port, Thanks
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:55 PM
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Default Re: Engine pinging at light load

tune up, try fuel treatment, or seafoam to get rid of some Carbon build up.. mine does it with cheap gas (mom n pop convenient store type gas) no brand name stores
run some 93 and treatment, should cure it then do a tune up
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