valve chatter

I have a 1999 dodge 4x4 360 with 133k miles it has alot of valve chatter .92 octane seems to help some anyone have any thoughts.....Tim

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If an octane change made a difference, it sounds like pinging. Have the dealer reflash the computer to retard the timing. Sk the dealer if a TSB has been issued for this problem. You might lose a bit of performance, but at least you won't need premium fuel. Replace the thermostat with a cooler one. Some people have even had success with re-routing the spark plug wires.
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John wrote:

Thanks John...yeah it is pinging not chatter.I have noticed that it's not as bad when it cooler out....Tim
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tim griffis via CarKB.com wrote:

If 92 octane helps, then it's not valve chatter - that's pre-ignition. Valve chatter sounds kind of like a sewing machine. It's a pretty steady sound, that varies directly with rpm's. It's caused by slack in the valve train. Pre-ignition - knocking - may be present all the time but rarely is. It is worse under a load, regardless of rpm's. If it's there all or most of the time, check for a vacume leak - especially in the belly pan.
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Bob, Turbochrged wide glide??? Very cool. That's different. John
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you may want to check and see if the plennum pan gasket is leaking. there was several tsb's on these trucks for simmular complaints such as rerouting the spark plug wires. but the one i personally had best sucess with was the plennum pan. simple to check just pull the pcv valve out of the valve cover put your finger/thumb over the opening in the valve cover, if you feel vacumm in the crankcase then the plennum pan is suspect. at that point its just a matter of pulling the intake and replacing the pan gasket on the bottom of the intake.
also you may or may not want to consider a combustion cyl cleaner. mopar has one and if you google this news group you can find posts discussing procedure on using and the successes of its use.

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