Rattling Noise From Front of Engine on Toyota 4Runner

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The timing chain can develop a rattling noise caused by failing timing chain guides. This is often due to extended mileage intervals between oil changes that allows the oil to become dirty and abrasive which wears away the timing chain guides until they fail. The timing chain and guides should be inspected at each valve adjustment, otherwise serious engine damage may result.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 162,205 (150,000–174,411)
Engines affected: 3.0L V6, 3.4L V6, 4.0L V6
10 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2007
13 people reported this problem