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my 98 kawasaki 500r has a pinging/knocking sound comming from the engine the bike still runs perfectly however the noise is becomming annoying
 

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Does it make the sound all of the time or only when it is under load? If it does it all of the time the problem is probably something else, like a valve that needs adjusting. Sometimes a loose spark plug will make a knocking or a sharp puffing sound.

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don't cam-chain tensioners make a knocking sound when loose or going bad?




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