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My 01 kia sportage makes a ticking noise under the hood when it is running ?

Just replaced timing belt, spark plugs and wires, changed oil and filter, valve cover gasket, and pcv valve.

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  • Kandy Corbett Jan 21, 2013

    I've changed the valve cover gasket. The ticking is still there. I put it on a code reader and it comes up with no codes. I don't want to drive it cause afraid will make it worse.

  • Kandy Corbett Mar 01, 2013

    Also when I push gas pedal down the ticking noise gets louder while its running. I don't understand why after everything I've done to it, it would just now start ticking when its been fine. Is it possible for me to drive it to a repair shop or would that make it worse?

  • ray johnson
    ray johnson Jan 22, 2014

    had same problem i changed the exhaust manifold gasket ticking stopped

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Check to see if there is any wobble in the crankshaft pulley, it should be spinning straight and true. If it begins to wobble, you may hear a ticking noise, a loss in gas mileage, and later the tick will become a knock. I had a similar issue with my 2001 Kia Sportage, and it turned out to be the crankshaft woodruff key.
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This caused a miss-alignment which altered the correct timing, which in turn was causing the knocking, reduced MPG's, hesitation upon acceleration, and a slow return to idle RPM's. If this turns out to be your problem, the correct way to repair it is to replace the crankshaft, woodruff key, and possibly the pulley gear. Another option is a rebuilt, or crate engine, neither option is cheap. I chose a third option which some have claimed to have exceeded 60,000 miles using a carefully crafted, tightly fit, secondary woodruff key, and carefully bond the key in place, the gear to the shaft, all using JB Weld high temp two part epoxy, and let cure for 48 hrs. In my case so far so good. Gas mileage went from 12-MPG's to 19-MPGs, acceleration's back, and hoping for the best.

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  • Bill Gilhooly
    Bill Gilhooly Jan 22, 2013

    The last picture is of the repaired woodruff keyway and new key with secondary woodruff key sistered to it.

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    Bill Gilhooly Jan 22, 2013

    If this is your problem, and you have any questions regarding the secifics of why I chose this method, and how to do it, just ask for more info. I would be glad to offer more detail.

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