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Hey all I have a 2001 GT 5-speed, and I've developed the "ticking" noise that I've read a bunch about on here lately. I get it when I first start up, and it goes away as the engine warms, then I'll only get it above about 3000rpm when I'm romping on it, though it sounds more like a rattle then. I noticed today when I had the hood open that you could see then tensioner arm for timing chain basicly twitching at idle. It was suggested to me that the arm was probably shot and is what was most likely causing my noises ( I hope) Is it a tough job to do? I have 122,000 miles on the car now so I'm about to change the belt and plugs etc anyway, so if its not that bad I'll get a buddy of mine to do the arm at the same time. I figure its about time to put some actual work into the car, I've had it 4 years, and other then oil changes, a clutch 2000 miles ago, 2 sets of front brakes and an IAC valve I've had to do nothing to the car. So has anyone done this themselves, or have a shop manual they could take a quick peek in for me? Any help would be much appriciated. Thanks,
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Isolate the location

You need to try to isolate the location of the noise. If you have a long screwdriver, it can act as a conduit for sound. Put it tight to your ear and touch the other end against the valve cover on the side the sound seems loudest. If you can't hear it more clearly then, try different locations (intake, top of the front cover, wherever you can reach).

This has to be done with the motor running, so be CAREFUL of loose clothing, hands, the screwdriver listening device, etc.

Unfortunately, I suspect you have an expensive "tick" rather than a cheap "tick", but localizing the source will help determine this.

If this doesn't help identify the source of the sound, try to add an additive like SR50 or any "quiet" additive that works on the oil. If the tick then goes away, the problem is internal engine wear.

I would do these things before seeking to start replacing parts, paying for tuneups, or adjusting anything.

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Hey all I have a 2001 GT 5-speed, and I've developed the "ticking" noise that I've read a bunch about on here lately. I get it when I first start up, and it goes away as the engine warms, then I'll only get it above about 3000rpm when I'm romping on it, though it sounds more like a rattle then. I noticed today when I had the hood open that you could see then tensioner arm for timing chain basicly twitching at idle. It was suggested to me that the arm was probably shot and is what was most likely causing my noises ( I hope) Is it a tough job to do? I have 122,000 miles on the car now so I'm about to change the belt and plugs etc anyway, so if its not that bad I'll get a buddy of mine to do the arm at the same time. I figure its about time to put some actual work into the car, I've had it 4 years, and other then oil changes, a clutch 2000 miles ago, 2 sets of front brakes and an IAC valve I've had to do nothing to the car. So has anyone done this themselves, or have a shop manual they could take a quick peek in for me? Any help would be much appriciated. Thanks,
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Screwdriver

PS - put the plastic handle part of the screwdriver to your ear. Not the sharp end.
 
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