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I picked up a 2004 V6 Auto with 80k yesterday. I have a couple of issues though.

On start up the thing ticks really bad for a few seconds then it becomes less noticeable. I did some searches and found this could be a lifter sticking? I'm gonna Seafoam the car and get an oil change to see if that helps. If that doesn't work how much would a repair like that cost?

My 2nd issue is that my interior needs some work. Whoever owned the car previously was not kind to it. All of the buttons and switches are well worn. Any recommended sites for some switches floormats and maybe some new gauges. Is AmericanMuscle a good site?

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Hello All,

I picked up a 2004 V6 Auto with 80k yesterday. I have a couple of issues though.

On start up the thing ticks really bad for a few seconds then it becomes less noticeable. I did some searches and found this could be a lifter sticking? I'm gonna Seafoam the car and get an oil change to see if that helps. If that doesn't work how much would a repair like that cost?

My 2nd issue is that my interior needs some work. Whoever owned the car previously was not kind to it. All of the buttons and switches are well worn. Any recommended sites for some switches floormats and maybe some new gauges. Is AmericanMuscle a good site?

Thanks,
Giezr
americanmuscle is an awesome site.
if your looking for factory replacement oem interior parts, try latemodelrestoration.com

as for your tick, it may be just be an exhuast leak...when you run the seafoam through the vacuum line, check for any smoke coming out of the engine bay.
if you dont find an exhaust leak, and the seafoam doesnt clear up your ticking, you can try an oil additive from autozone, etc.
 

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For interior parts, definately go to LRS(Latemodel Restoration). Then theres always local junkyards/salvage yards... If you need any kind of parts, the forums are always a good place to start :bigthumbsup Hit me up if ya need anything!
 

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i have the same problem, its an exhaust leak.... its such a pain in the rear!!!!

sorry for the hijack, but will header wrap soak up the water from the A/C drip? cuz if it dont wouldnt that be a good fix to stop this problem in the future?
 

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i have the same problem, its an exhaust leak.... its such a pain in the rear!!!!

What if mine makes a similar sound after replacing the CAI with the stock air intake? :headscratch: The previous owner of the car held on their intake with zip ties so I replaced it with a stock intake? (It was free at a salvage yard)
 

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just saying more likely then not it is a leak. when i start my car it ticks like hell, makes my car seen like crap. then it goes away when its warmed up after 3mins. i can hear it again if im near a building but only if the building is on passanger side, and i step on the gas, but its still nowhere near as loud as when i first started the car.
you should have taken a pic of the zip tie cai:D
 

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This is the good part about having a convertible, I never have my A/C on to make the water drip on my manifold and ruin it, lol!
 

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Oh hell no! That was nasty! XD :laugh: I opened the hood and when I saw that I immediately lowered my offer for the car haha Well if it's a leak, I'll be sure to check my entire system after the manifolds just to be sure, thanks :bigthumbsup
 

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just saying more likely then not it is a leak. when i start my car it ticks like hell, makes my car seen like crap. then it goes away when its warmed up after 3mins. i can hear it again if im near a building but only if the building is on passanger side, and i step on the gas, but its still nowhere near as loud as when i first started the car.
you should have taken a pic of the zip tie cai:D
Still getting used to the site. Forgot how to put the quote thing in there lol

Taking a picture would be so...messed up man. It was like 99% perfect except for that one ricey detail... No intake box, just maybe 8 or 9 zip ties... :nono: Im traumatized for life because of that haha
 

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This is the good part about having a convertible, I never have my A/C on to make the water drip on my manifold and ruin it, lol!
i never use my ac and i can still hear it dripping when i turn the car off.. when i close the door i can hear the water fall onto the manifold.. so i dunno.. i dont think it really matters if u have it on or not
 

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just saying more likely then not it is a leak. when i start my car it ticks like hell, makes my car seen like crap. then it goes away when its warmed up after 3mins. i can hear it again if im near a building but only if the building is on passanger side, and i step on the gas, but its still nowhere near as loud as when i first started the car.
you should have taken a pic of the zip tie cai:D
yea its deff a leak...i have the same problem in my 2003 v6....i had Hpipes put in so when the car is running you dont really hear it....but when i 1st start the car...the sound is very bad and loud it dies out after like 40 secs.....it comes out from the header on the passanger side ( ithink) im not sure...and when i close the door i also hear water go in the minifold even if i dont have the ac on ...but about that sound it makes.....idk how to fix it because idk if its the pre cat making the sound or the header( i had an after market precat put in since my org cracked).....soooo im in the same boat.....and yessssssss its a painnnnn to start the car after all that money to make is sound nice and all u hear its that :so
 

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Hello All,

I picked up a 2004 V6 Auto with 80k yesterday. I have a couple of issues though.

On start up the thing ticks really bad for a few seconds then it becomes less noticeable. I did some searches and found this could be a lifter sticking? I'm gonna Seafoam the car and get an oil change to see if that helps. If that doesn't work how much would a repair like that cost?

My 2nd issue is that my interior needs some work. Whoever owned the car previously was not kind to it. All of the buttons and switches are well worn. Any recommended sites for some switches floormats and maybe some new gauges. Is AmericanMuscle a good site?

Thanks,
Giezr

I am not sure if it will be the same for you because I have never heard your engine but for my 2000 V6 mustang when I was having her dual exhaust installed the exhaust works technician told me I had a cracked exhaust manifold(headers). If your problem is like mine its a relatively easy job if you know what your doing all you have to do is identify which manifold(header) is making the noise and then take it off and bring it to your local muffler/exhaust shop they should weld it for free or like $5.00 or at least my local shop did it for 5 dollars.

The way you described your problem sounds just like what mine does it'll start off ticking and then 1 to 3 minutes on the road its gone! The exhaust tech told me that thats because when the engine heats up it temporarily welds the weak crack in the metal of my headers and seals it so it works again minus the ticking. But once you turn off your car it'll let the crack open again because it gets cold. However it is something that SHOULD be fixed.

I highly reccomend either you checking your headers or having a local muffler/exhaust tech hear the noise at least.

Good Luck bro!:bigthumbsup
 

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I am not sure if it will be the same for you because I have never heard your engine but for my 2000 V6 mustang when I was having her dual exhaust installed the exhaust works technician told me I had a cracked exhaust manifold(headers). If your problem is like mine its a relatively easy job if you know what your doing all you have to do is identify which manifold(header) is making the noise and then take it off and bring it to your local muffler/exhaust shop they should weld it for free or like $5.00 or at least my local shop did it for 5 dollars.

The way you described your problem sounds just like what mine does it'll start off ticking and then 1 to 3 minutes on the road its gone! The exhaust tech told me that thats because when the engine heats up it temporarily welds the weak crack in the metal of my headers and seals it so it works again minus the ticking. But once you turn off your car it'll let the crack open again because it gets cold. However it is something that SHOULD be fixed.

I highly reccomend either you checking your headers or having a local muffler/exhaust tech hear the noise at least.

Good Luck bro!:bigthumbsup
same thing i was thinking ..........i had that problem on the driver side and i did just that
 

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I am not sure if it will be the same for you because I have never heard your engine but for my 2000 V6 mustang when I was having her dual exhaust installed the exhaust works technician told me I had a cracked exhaust manifold(headers). If your problem is like mine its a relatively easy job if you know what your doing all you have to do is identify which manifold(header) is making the noise and then take it off and bring it to your local muffler/exhaust shop they should weld it for free or like $5.00 or at least my local shop did it for 5 dollars.

The way you described your problem sounds just like what mine does it'll start off ticking and then 1 to 3 minutes on the road its gone! The exhaust tech told me that thats because when the engine heats up it temporarily welds the weak crack in the metal of my headers and seals it so it works again minus the ticking. But once you turn off your car it'll let the crack open again because it gets cold. However it is something that SHOULD be fixed.

I highly reccomend either you checking your headers or having a local muffler/exhaust tech hear the noise at least.

Good Luck bro!:bigthumbsup
Cracked manifold... :scratchchin I should get mine checked out cause it ticks on start up too... It was odd that I didnt notice it until after I changed the CAI... Thanks for the info man :bigthumbsup
 

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Hey Guys,

Thanks for all the quick responses. I have my car at the shop right now. They think it's an exhaust manifold leak *surprise*. He told me he would get me a quote to fix it. How much should something like this cost to get repaired with a new part?

Update: He called and said it was the exhaust manifold but they couldn't tell if it was one side or both. (?) He then said for one side it would be $500 to repair, both sides would be $900. I think I can do better, but what should I expect for a repair like this?

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Hey Guys,

Thanks for all the quick responses. I have my car at the shop right now. They think it's an exhaust manifold leak *surprise*. He told me he would get me a quote to fix it. How much should something like this cost to get repaired with a new part?

Update: He called and said it was the exhaust manifold but they couldn't tell if it was one side or both. (?) He then said for one side it would be $500 to repair, both sides would be $900. I think I can do better, but what should I expect for a repair like this?

Thanks,
Giezr
i did my drivers side myself for $120 from NAPA. it was pretty easy. the passenger side looks a little bit harder but i didnt do that side so i cant say.
 

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Cracked manifold... :scratchchin I should get mine checked out cause it ticks on start up too... It was odd that I didnt notice it until after I changed the CAI... Thanks for the info man :bigthumbsup

Glad I could be of assistance bro!:bigthumbsup
 

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Hey Guys,

Thanks for all the quick responses. I have my car at the shop right now. They think it's an exhaust manifold leak *surprise*. He told me he would get me a quote to fix it. How much should something like this cost to get repaired with a new part?

Update: He called and said it was the exhaust manifold but they couldn't tell if it was one side or both. (?) He then said for one side it would be $500 to repair, both sides would be $900. I think I can do better, but what should I expect for a repair like this?

Thanks,
Giezr
Lol I knew it'd be the exhaust manifold... Its a common problem with our V6 mustangs.:so
 

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Hey Guys,

Thanks for all the quick responses. I have my car at the shop right now. They think it's an exhaust manifold leak *surprise*. He told me he would get me a quote to fix it. How much should something like this cost to get repaired with a new part?

Update: He called and said it was the exhaust manifold but they couldn't tell if it was one side or both. (?) He then said for one side it would be $500 to repair, both sides would be $900. I think I can do better, but what should I expect for a repair like this?

Thanks,
Giezr
Seriously, $500 and $900?? That's a lot for just manifolds. Might be better off going to American Muscle and ordering 2 BBK Shorty Headers for $280 or JBA's for $434 :D If it's just the manifold that's leaking, then maybe replacing them could solve the problem(if they're cracked). If not then maybe new gaskets? Cheaper than $900 I'm sure, since Mustang 220 got his for only $5.

BBK Shorty Headers (99-04 V6) at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!

JBA Cat4ward Shorty Headers (99-04 V6) at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!
 

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Hey Guys,

Thanks for all the quick responses. I have my car at the shop right now. They think it's an exhaust manifold leak *surprise*. He told me he would get me a quote to fix it. How much should something like this cost to get repaired with a new part?

Update: He called and said it was the exhaust manifold but they couldn't tell if it was one side or both. (?) He then said for one side it would be $500 to repair, both sides would be $900. I think I can do better, but what should I expect for a repair like this?

Thanks,
Giezr
$900 ??

forget that...

get yourself a pair of aftermarket shorties for $250-$300, take a few hours to install them yourself, and call it a day.

besides, dont give your money to mechanics who can't figure out what's wrong with your car. a $7 can of seafoam can tell you where exhaust leaks are.
 
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