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#5779 of 5822 Clicking noise when engine running
Feb 02, 2012 (11:30 am)
I have a 2000 Toyota Echo sedan automatic that is making an odd clicking noise when the engine is on. I can hear it when I am driving down the highway and when I am stopped at stop signs and when parked in my driveway. I'm not sure where to begin looking. No engine codes are currently showing up. (no light either but I have a reader that will show pending codes before the light goes on anyway) Last June my left front wheel baring was replaced. Last July the front brakes were replaced and the fuel vapor assembly was replaced. I have no trouble stopping when I brake. The clicking started in late August and has gotten louder. The local Toyota dealer wants to charge me $115 to check my engine codes. Since I already know there are no codes I need other options.
#5780 of 5822 Re: Clicking noise when engine running [nlwpsms]
Feb 03, 2012 (9:02 am)
Does the clicking speed up as the engine is revved? If so, I'd look at the things that the belts are turning: the alternator, power steering pump, AC compressor, and water pump.
Maybe one of the more knowledgeable people will chime in; I'm definitely not any kind of great mechanic...
Also, if you ever need engine codes read, Auto Zone will do it free. And Harbor Freight has cheapo code readers for about $40
Feb 03, 2012 (11:23 am)
I will think about it.
Right off the bat though I have this advice.
Stay away from the dealer unless you want to spend $$$$ for nothing.
#5782 of 5822 Re: Clicking noise when engine running [nlwpsms]
Feb 12, 2012 (1:16 pm)
I have an Android phone with an application on it for reading engine codes via a Bluetooth adapter that goes into my cars code reading port so I know for a fact that there are no engine codes. I had all the belts replaced last year. The car does not have a timing belt. It has a timing chain that is good for the life of the car. (I suspect this means when the chain goes the car is dead for good) The clicking noise is whenever the engine is on but doesn't speed up if I rev the engine and doesn't slow down if I am merrily at idle. It doesn't speed up or slow down in relation to the cars current speed either. Brakes still work fine and the car still has no pending or current engine codes.
Feb 13, 2012 (4:44 am)
If the chain DOES go it can be replaced. But I have never heard of that happening. Possibly there are other issues by that time which would cause the car to be uneconomical to repair.
I think its a good sign the noise doesnt get more or less frequent. Also that there are no engine codes. Its just one of those noises that dont mean trouble just drive you crazy.
You will get used to it and it will become "normal".
But its possible the cause will be revealed to you one day.
If so post it here for others to benefit!
Mar 13, 2012 (7:06 am)
Humming along like it's gonna live forever.
Mar 13, 2012 (8:39 am)
How many miles now?
Mar 14, 2012 (7:02 am)
135,000 miles, and hoping for at least another 135,000.
Mar 15, 2012 (2:16 am)
#5788 of 5822 Re: cabin filter [kneisl1]
Apr 24, 2012 (1:12 pm)
There is indeed a cabin filter in the 2oo1 Toyota Echo. When I bought my car, I asked the service department to install one. They told me the 2001s didn't have one.
After my car was off warrenty, I started taking it to another business for servicing and they asked me if I wanted one installed, since mine was missing. I told them what I had been told and they just started laughing, and then showed me where to find it.
Since then I have replaced my own every year - it's easy. I am an older female and don't appreciate service personnel pulling the wool over my eyes - I have not been back to the local Toyota dealership since that time.
For anyone with allergies - the cabin filter is a godsend!