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2002 Dodge Intrepid pinging

I’ve got a 2002 Dodge Intrepid that is pinging way too much.  I’ve switched
to premium fuel and that helped a bit at first, but it is still pinging too
much.  Vehicle has 145K miles.

A mechanic who saw the car suggested that the combustion chamber has taken
on carbon and that has increased the compression ratio.

There really isn’t much to maintain on that engine.  The plugs are new; the
engine doesn’t have a distributor or wires; air filter is new.  I don’t
think there are any air/vacuum leaks as it idles smoothly.  Replacing the
plugs didn’t make any difference; try ones in a colder heat range? Does the
engine have a knock sensor?  Web searches seem to indicate that Dodge quit
using one in 2002.

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3 Responses to “2002 Dodge Intrepid pinging”

  1. admin says:

    AZ Nomad wrote:
    > I’ve got a 2002 Dodge Intrepid that is pinging way too much.  I’ve switched
    > to premium fuel and that helped a bit at first, but it is still pinging too
    > much.  Vehicle has 145K miles.

    > A mechanic who saw the car suggested that the combustion chamber has taken
    > on carbon and that has increased the compression ratio.

    > There really isn’t much to maintain on that engine.  The plugs are new; the
    > engine doesn’t have a distributor or wires; air filter is new.  I don’t
    > think there are any air/vacuum leaks as it idles smoothly.  Replacing the
    > plugs didn’t make any difference; try ones in a colder heat range? Does the
    > engine have a knock sensor?  Web searches seem to indicate that Dodge quit
    > using one in 2002.

    I know you’ve checked the timing and just forgot to mention it.


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  2. admin says:

    AZ Nomad wrote:
    > I’ve got a 2002 Dodge Intrepid that is pinging way too much.  I’ve switched
    > to premium fuel and that helped a bit at first, but it is still pinging too
    > much.  Vehicle has 145K miles.

    > A mechanic who saw the car suggested that the combustion chamber has taken
    > on carbon and that has increased the compression ratio.

    > There really isn’t much to maintain on that engine.  The plugs are new; the
    > engine doesn’t have a distributor or wires; air filter is new.  I don’t
    > think there are any air/vacuum leaks as it idles smoothly.  Replacing the
    > plugs didn’t make any difference; try ones in a colder heat range? Does the
    > engine have a knock sensor?  Web searches seem to indicate that Dodge quit
    > using one in 2002.

    A plugged EGR passage or an inoperative EGR valve will cause excessive
    pinging. So will a disconnected (bad connection?) or failed (not likely)
    knock sensor.

  3. admin says:

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    clifto wrote:
    > AZ Nomad wrote:

    >>I’ve got a 2002 Dodge Intrepid that is pinging way too much.  I’ve switched
    >>to premium fuel and that helped a bit at first, but it is still pinging too
    >>much.  Vehicle has 145K miles.

    >>A mechanic who saw the car suggested that the combustion chamber has taken
    >>on carbon and that has increased the compression ratio.

    >>There really isn’t much to maintain on that engine.  The plugs are new; the
    >>engine doesn’t have a distributor or wires; air filter is new.  I don’t
    >>think there are any air/vacuum leaks as it idles smoothly.  Replacing the
    >>plugs didn’t make any difference; try ones in a colder heat range? Does the
    >>engine have a knock sensor?  Web searches seem to indicate that Dodge quit
    >>using one in 2002.

    > I know you’ve checked the timing and just forgot to mention it.

    Timing isn’t adjustable on these vehicles, and the spark isn’t even
    directly tied to the cam position. The cam sensor tells the computer
    *which* cylinder is about to fire next, but the actual firing event is
    based on the crankshaft position sensor. So, within limits, a timing
    belt being off a tooth or two won’t even affect ignition timing.

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