Dodge Durango dinging, pinging noise

durango

#1

1999 Durango w/ 65,000 miles. When starting there is a pingin, dingin hoise from the engine. Sounds like a bearing. When the engine is warm, the noise disappears. Been to the dealer several times w/o success other than eliminating the water pump as the problem. Any ideas.


#2

Probably valves ticking like crazy, then quieting down as oil pressure builds up. This truck has hydraulic lifters, and uses oil pressure to maintain proper valve lash. This is a common problem for older cars and trucks. As long as you do not rev up the engine until it quiets down, it should be OK, just an annoyance.


#3

How long has it been doing this? Just for fun, get a oil filter from the dealer and have it used with your next oil change and try a premium full synthetic oil of the weight specified in your owner’s manual. Don’t rely on an oil change place to know, much less use the right stuff