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Unread 04-11-2008   #1 (permalink)
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Question My 1999 Engine is TICKING!

My poor engine is ticking!

Its a steady ticking sound coming from the engine. I'm able to hear it from inside of the car with the windows up. The ticking begins as soon as the car turns on and continues as I drive. The sound increases its pace as the RPMs go up. I haven't felt any pulling, loss of power, or anything strange while I'm driving...but the sound is terrible!

Does anyone know what this could possibly be? How it might be fixed? Any information before I take it to a shop?

I'm pretty clueless when it comes to getting under the hood of my car...I would normally have my dad/bro check this but we don't even live in the same city anymore!

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i know a engine starts ticking if you rev to high you can screw your valves up, the tappets will make it tap aswell. the most work you should need to do is take your heads off and fix the valves, nothing marjorly internal. I don't know much about cars though so i'm sure somone else can give better and more accurate advices
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you might wanna check and make sure your car is getting enough oil because lifters will make that noise too make sure your oil gauge is right and that you have the required amount of oil in your car and its getting to your heads easiest way is to pull a valve cover and watch for oil squirting all over
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maybe change your oil to a little thicker weight.. such as 5w40 or 10w30? change oil first. like 1989 said
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i had the same thing tried using lucas helped some then i read a ton of articles about seafoam added to the oil no more tick
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Thanks guys

I just read one of the other v6 threads about Seafoaming and I'm thinking about doing that tomorrow before I get the oil changed.

I also bought some Gumout All-in-one complete fuel system maintenance stuff, so hopefully all this will help.

And if not, I'm sure I'll post about it lol
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i'm having a issue close to the same.

i have a ticking noise that picks up as the engine revs. it only lasts for about 4 or 5 minutes then it goes away. 1999 as well
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i'm having a issue close to the same.

i have a ticking noise that picks up as the engine revs. it only lasts for about 4 or 5 minutes then it goes away. 1999 as well

Lifters unprime during the night what your hearing is the noise they make until they get fully primed back up, that normal .
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A lifter that is bleeding down excessively will cause are tick noise initally, but will go away after a couple of SECONDS. Since the noise goes away after the engine warms up I'd look for an exhaust leak also.
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I got the oil changed (10w30...the place I went to said that was standard for my car), and the ticking is pretty much gone. I'm going to have my brother check it for an exhaust leak just in case...the shop I went to wanted to charge waaaaay too much money just for that inspection....
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I got the oil changed (10w30...the place I went to said that was standard for my car), and the ticking is pretty much gone. I'm going to have my brother check it for an exhaust leak just in case...the shop I went to wanted to charge waaaaay too much money just for that inspection....
5W30 is correct weight for all seasons. I used 5w30 Mobil 1 synthetic oil in 94 V6 and never had a noise or oil comsumption problem. Newer Fords now use 5W20 oil and Ford hasn't recommended 10W30 oil for years. About the only place I can see using 10w30 is in high temp areas (desert southwest, Gulf coast).
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