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Old 08-13-2013, 07:26 AM   #1
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Hey my 2000 Mustang v6 has started ticking and I can't seem to figure out why. Nothings chaged as far as running wise. It just ticks and its driving me ceazy. My wife wants me to sale it but I don't want to. I thought it might be a lose rocker arm. Any help would be great.
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Can you provide more information? Where it is coming from, when does it happen? Etc.
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Its coming form the valve covers and it happens when your on the gas you let off and it gos away the car has 180 k on it but the motors been replaced
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I would check the oil levels because it could be too low and not be building enough pressure in the engine. Also check your headers because I have heard of them cracking and making a ticking noise as well.
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Okay thanks ill check it. My wife has been driving it so there's mo telling if it needs oil. Lol hope its not the headers but I've been wanting some bbk's lol
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Common problem with header cracking on pass side, AC drips right on it. And it can sometimes sound like its from the valve cover because its so close to it
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I have a penny blocking off the egr on the header. The bolt getting a little loose and it rattles on idle. higher RPM's it stops. lol
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Lol I live in North Carolina and have to keep my emissions stuff for testing. I wish I didn't I would definitely be buying long tube headers and a x pipe. But good ole state emissions testing saids other wise. But thats great guess you got your cents worth out of that part lol.
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Not trying to give you bad news but it can also be a head problem. Valves and so on.
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I thought with heads problems you would lose performance. The car is still running fine. I put a quart of oil in it last night I used 5w 30. Should I use a different weight oil.
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It dose not do it at a idle. Its only doing it when your hiting the gas at higher rpms. I'm hoping its not a head that would suck. If it is are there and performance heads out there for these 3.8s.
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5 30 is fine compression test that side it will show you a bad valve
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Okay thanks. How do I go about compression test the head do they need to be off the car?
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Nope the heads stay on engine gets turned over each time a cylinder goes up and it creates compression. This is called the compression stroke exhaust valves are open when the piston goes to the top exhaust closes intake valve opens putting air and fuel in cylinder the you get spark which fires the fuel air charge. Pushing the pistion down. If their a problem a compression tester will find it they have certain amounts of pressure they put on the cylinder. If not in SPEC it could be a valve not closing properly or even broke. This also test your pistion rings for wear.
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Thank you where can I find a tester and how much do they run? What should the compression read for each cylinder.
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What year of car is it the 4.0
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Above 100 psi is good and they can be picked up at auto parts stores
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Okay thanks guys.
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