One the 3.9L V6 and 5.9L V8 the carbon buildup on the top of the piston is common. As the buildup increases with mileage and over time, symptoms may vary from light ticking, to ticking/hammering, to hammering/knocking noises. Fuel injector cleaner often solves the problem.
Carbon buildup at top of piston may cause noise on Dodge Dakota
Average mileage: 104,000 (104,000–104,000)
Engine affected: 3.9L V6
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2006 Dodge Dakota - 3.9L V6 104,000 mi, Visitor
High compression on #1cylinder, was told its a suck exhaust valve any help would be appreciated