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Old 09-25-2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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What the mechanic said about my tick

so brought my car to the mechanic today... he checked around with the car up on the hoist and said there is no exhaust leak but there is an engine tick. said could be lifters or a valve or rod or something but if theres no loss of power its not worth rippin the engine apart to try and figure out what it is.. he said just change your oil and drive it.. he told me not to be concerned about it... I was kinda choked tho I was really hoping to find out wtf is wrong instead im told could be anything and unless it gets really bad its not worth worrying about... uggggh frustration.... soooo I brought it to another mechanic, he came outside I started the car and he said my car is 13 years old and its guna tick and make noises not to worry about it prob a lifter or something with carbon stuck to it.... so I went and got my engine flushed and oil changed with conventional oil... still ticking but that was only a couple miles from my house so we will see if later today or this week the ticking goes away. hopefully the flush helped. I don't know tho... uggggh input anyone... oh spry about all the spelling mistakes and grammer hhaha im venting
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:28 PM   #2
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I had a Nissan with a tick (I think it was a lifter) and I started using lucas engine oil treatment. my tick went away. you know replacing one quart of oil with lucas every oil change
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If its a little tick don't worry about it. Mine ticks very slightly and its just how it is. Change the oil with a good oil, do a coolant flush, change all the other fluids (power steering, trans, diff etc...) and drive it.

If its a rod knock you'll know it, it'll sound like a loud rhythmic clacking noise vs a tick.
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:50 PM   #4
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I had lucas in it just for a day ahah then got this oil change. I will get another oil change in about a month, basically flushing the engine again and ill use lucas then ... its not very loud like I cant hear it in the car but when you open the hood you def hear it ... people are always sayin its an older car don't worry about it but I want my car to run like new uggh frustrating. hopefully the tick goes away or nothing major happens
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Back in the old pushrod days a quart of ATF helped loosen sticky parts real well. Run it until the tick quits and then change the oil.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:00 PM   #6
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the old man next door said classic sound of worn bearings. so remove all fan belts and see if noise goes away. if so, figure out which thing the belt drives that has worn bearings by pulling on the pulleys and feeling for wear. would a worn bearing actually make a tick
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Could be an idler pulley. Doubt its the belt itself but seeing as all cars these days use serpentine belts... don't remove it...
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I replaced the smooth idler pully just the other day and it made the car a lil quieter lol but then I noticed the tick... I don't think its the belt. he said its a worn bearing in a pully... but I don't think that would make a tick, would it
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It could yeah. Might just be an accessory. But a valvetrain can just be a little noisy. I really think you are overreacting especially if the car runs great. I'd have to hear it in person though. Mine has a quiet tick and it pulls hard all the way up till redline.
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its the fact that the car sounded great last month and now its making a tick, before just rumbled like a v8 shuld now tick tick tick tick tick..i just want to take care of this car, tired of buying new cars every couple years
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Could be piston slap.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:36 PM   #12
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should your belt tensioner be moving when the engine is running, mine seems to have a fair bit of movement or should it be steady in one spot like stiff
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Mine is stiff. I have a 2000 gt with 188000 on it. I had belt slip due to a weak spring in the tensioner. So I replaced it and the two idler pillows at the same time.
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ill take a video of mine when I get a chance but it seems to bounce up and down wth the engine running, hopefully that's the tick and I can just replace it... like is aid before sound seemed to be coming from center of engine not from under the valve covers so maybe its just echoing around and is the tensioner... with my luck the tensioner is shot and I have a tick as well lol
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