Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Old Town Alexandria
I know the feeling after my third oil change at 14k miles my car developed the dreaded undeterminal "tick". After several visits to two dealerships, over a month in shop, several dealership joyrides that were inconclusive, new timing chain tensioners, a new water pump, additives, a new steering rack (not related) and my car stranding me after lower radiator hose blew the day after leaving shop, the end result? Yep still ticks.
On the bright side all was done under warranty and yes I was tuned. Had it been a bad #8 I might not have been so fortunant with the tune and warrantee. Even brighter is I now have 35k miles and my car runs as good as ever. I just have to roll up my windows in parking garages or driving next to barracades. The only thing I can say for sure from my experience is my car ticks less after 3k miles and not at all or very little after 5k between oil changes. I have just learned to ignore it and enjoy the car.
I would have it checked out to have a record of service and ensure its not being caused by something major. I would hate to see you obsess like I did because I finally realized that I either needed to accept it and enjoy the car the way it was or get rid of it. Really hard to believe how this starts after a oil change and there really is nothing wrong if everything checks out. I am glad I got over it and it worked out. I still love my car. Best of luck!
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