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Old 02-18-2011, 03:24 PM
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My engine is ticking at idle. its hard to tell but it seems to be coming from top of the engine. i can really hear it when im stopped at a fast food resturaunt in the drive through. Any ideas?
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Old 02-18-2011, 03:47 PM
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the ticking you are most likely hearing is the valves "clacking" this is normal. just about every engine does this at some point.
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:07 PM
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or it could be the fuel injectors clicking away. I've heard that the 4.0's injectors are really loud, and its just the way they work. mine are the same way.

injectors sound kind of like a ballpoint pen being clicked really fast.
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Old 02-18-2011, 05:41 PM
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i have somethning similar but wen i am pulling forward in a drive thru i can hear it it is so annoying.. i can rev it up and cant hear it but only when i pull forward
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:00 PM
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the check engine light came on a while ago and the codes were related to the fuel injectors. i had them clear the codes. Could that have anything to do with it? how do i know if the fuel injectors are bad?
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:05 PM
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it is not normal!!!! check your oil and put more in immedietly. i heard this, waited and then did the oil change. just over a quart of oil came out, i was waaaayyy low. now i check it every other week.
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:08 PM
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im gonna check it now
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:24 PM
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the oil is right where it should be
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:19 PM
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check your oil and put more in immedietly. i heard this, waited and then did the oil change. just over a quart of oil came out, i was waaaayyy low. now i check it every other week.
the 3.0 vulcan is a pushrod design, so yes low oil = lifter noise in that application. not in an overhead camshaft engine.

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it is not normal!!!!
lets not freak out. the solenoids inside injectors make noise when they close and open, period. some are louder than others, it's inherent to their design.

now, if it was throwing a code related to the fuel injection system, then yeah, there could be something up. do you know what the codes were, or did you get a description from whoever read/cleared them for you?

If an injector was completely clogged or failed, the engine would run noticeably worse.
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:28 PM
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ive got the codes somewhere (got to find them), but the engine runs fine and ever since the codes were cleared, they havent kicked the check engine light on again. I could just be paranoid lol. Im gonna try some ZMAX engine lube or some other kind of engine lube and see if that helps.
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:48 PM
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chevron gas could help too. but its expensive, lol

as long as its a consistent clicking noise (steady, evenly spaced "ticks") its probably normal. let us know if you do find the codes.
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:54 PM
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The gas station i go to may have crappy gas. Im looking for the codes now but they may have gotten thrown away
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