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2001 Toyota Avalon XL w/Bench Seat 4dr Sedan (GS)

2001 Toyota Avalon
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Large
21 mpg city / 29 mpg hwy
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November 1, 2012, 9:02 am

Bill O

Question: Engine noise

Have 81K have done most oil changes myself every 4 to 5 k. Can not understand the noise which sounds like tappets from the valves.II used 5/30 oil since car was new. Should I change to hi mileage oil?

November 12, 2012, 12:26 pm

Elizabeth K

That seems to be a normal noise for those engines, and changing the oil doesn't help. Here's a forum with some discussion on it:

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March 8, 2013, 1:28 pm

Bill O

Toyota sez they all do it..

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December 10, 2013, 3:58 pm

Bill O

I now have 91,600 miles and the noise is still there, but no worse. However, when it is COLD out, until it warm up it sounds like a diesel.

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December 10, 2013, 6:11 pm

Elizabeth K

Is that a recent change, or has it always done that in cold weather?

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December 11, 2013, 1:47 pm

Bill O

It started between 75 & 80K

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