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Old 13-04-2010, 09:59 PM
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Default Ticking noise from under engine

I had a search but couldn't find the info i was looking for so here goes

I went for a drive tonight and when i got home my engine was making a ticking noise, while the car was still running.

it sounded like a stuffed bearing on the alternator or ac pulley, but the sound is emanating from under the engine on the passengers side.
It has had this noise for a while but it was much louder tonight then i have ever heard it before.

while i was driving there were no signs of hesitation from the engine, and no other noises that i could hear.

Could there be a crack in the exhaust manifold causing this?
It almost sounded like the tick noise was happening a little over twice every second, which given the car was idling makes sense.
The noise also increased in frequency when the engine decided it would up the rpm a little.
Also it gets more noticeable when the engine is warm.

Is there much i can check for with standard tools or is the consensus that i will have to take it to a workshop?

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would you care to elaborate?
Shims, big end bearing stuffed, low oil? Any of those. In all seriousness, get a quick vid that clearly airs the noise so we can listen. Internet mechanics is serious business.
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check the spark plug boots (the rubber things that go over the plugs). If they are not fitted/sitting correctly, you will hear the tick of the spark firing.

happened to me a few years back and everyone speculated that it was a dropped valve etc.

take you 30 seconds to check and fix.
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