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  1. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    Bogus919 - Sounds to me like you need the full engine rebuild that I ended up doing. That way you will know that anything that was / could have been contributing to the problem has been cured.
  2. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    No worries Bogus919. Yes, I did most of my "crawling around" with the engine running while my RL was up on ramps at the front-end only. (If that makes sense?!) My prodding around and trying to listen with a very long screwdriver against my ear - a really old-school technique - I determined...
  3. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    Bogus919...that sounds horribly similar to the 'death rattle' my 2nd engine had before the total rebuild! The noise that developed after the rebuild was external to the engine, and caused by failing/broken elements of the rear exhaust and cat. converter. The engine was actually fine and will...
  4. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    Final update... After getting my RL back on the road, it wasn't long - maybe 300 kms - that new strange noises starting coming from under the hood when idling in drive, e.g. at traffic lights. When I went back for the 1,000 kms oil change, my mechanic spent a lot of time trying to figure out...
  5. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    Time for an update on my "piston slap" story... The engine is completely rebuilt and reinstalled in my RL. My mechanic is testing everything to make sure that the 'open heart surgery' has been successful and the chances of 'rejection' are slim-to-none! I should be back on the road tomorrow...
  6. Smoke from exhaust

    1G Problems & Issues
    This is good news! Recognition that there is an issue with these earlier J Series engines.
  7. Smoke from exhaust

    1G Problems & Issues
    I recommend that you check out this thread...to start with. http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37115 Then take a look at this one - http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=92257 You'll soon find out that you are joining a 'club' of RL owners who...
  8. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    Bill52, you're right about the number of people on the site that complain about piston slap. A lot of people seem to live with it, but I couldn't stand the noise and - in all honesty - was freaked out by the idea of the engine 'letting go' at the most inconvenient time and place! I look at the...
  9. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    No kidding, Speedlever. I'm formulating my plan to go directly to Honda Canada, as the original engine rebuild was done under warranty. It could be a fun ride!
  10. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    Here are pics of the 3 front cylinder bank pistons, and hardware. All 6 will be replaced for safety's sake! I still don't believe that these are only 58,000 kms old!
  11. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    Well, the engine is now in pieces and the diagnosis is "piston slap". (I'll have pictures, etc., shortly.) Some of you may remember that I had a lot of work done under warranty about 3 years ago - 59,000 kms ago, to be precise. Included in that work was the installation of a completely new...
  12. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    Okay...update time! The engine is now out of my RL and should shortly start being stripped down at the engine builder's shop. It's sad to see my cherished ride in this state!
  13. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    I wish it was that simple! Between my mechanic, the engine builder and me, we have listened to and gradually eliminated everything external to the engine. Whatever is making the noise is definitely inside the engine, and definitely in the lower half of it. I'm waiting to find out when I can...
  14. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    Bogus919... Yup, just the valve adjustment. The engine builder, using hightech listening equipment, narrowed the noise down to "coming from the front passenger-side of the block". So, that's in front of the passenger and on the radiator (front) of the engine. He's baffled by the fact that the...
  15. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    A quick update. My mechanic finished the complete check of the valve train. Found a few out of spec, but nothing serious. After putting everything back together, he took it for a test drive, at the end of which...the noise was still there! So, tomorrow morning an engine builder with the...
  16. SoftTop Truck Cap

    1G Exterior
    I'll try and post some shortly, haar.
  17. SoftTop Truck Cap

    1G Exterior
    Here are a few pics of my RL with the Softopper in place. 1. 2. 3. 4. In the month or so that I have had it, it's been exposed to heavy, heavy rains on several occasions, violent windows (a tornado touched down about 2 kms away from me), and driving on dirty/dusty cottage roads. No...
  18. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    An update... The clatter didn't stay away too long... It was back a couple of days later! My mechanic thinks it's coming from the front bank, but to be safe, he'll check and adjust all of them this week. Hopefully the noise will go away and I will be able to report a successful outcome.
  19. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    Thanks for the input and advice everyone. Just to add some msytery and frustration to the situation, after a 200kms+ journey two days go, the noise has completely disappeared! It's been there for weeks, but has vanished for the timebeing. My mechanic is going to take the truck for a couple of...
  20. Engine Clattering at idle

    1G Problems & Issues
    Thanks SpeedLever. I'm hoping it's just a lifter, but if and when I find the problem and solution, I'll post the result(s)!
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