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My car is ticking

My car doesn't need oil, but I spell oil burning. no obvious leaks detacted.

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  • sonya_rowan Dec 01, 2008

    I smell oil burning every time I turn the car off. My car started ticking after my last oil change around september/first of october.

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    Jackson Hisey May 11, 2010

    The title of your problem says that your car is ticking? You smell oil burning? When? What is the nature of your problem?

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The exhaust will make a normal ticking sound when it expands and contracts, again this is normal. When the oil was changed they probably got some oil on the exhaust and it is taking a long time to burn off. If it has been that long and you are still smelling the oil, take it back and have the shop check for leaks from the filter.

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