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Engine making a ticking noise- I lost what appears to be- peace of a spark plug - the porcelain- down the spark-plug hole- what should i do- taking it to a mechanic is out- i am a mechanic, just not a practiced one???

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If you ran the engine after dropping something into it, you're done. Only thing to do now is remove the cylinder head to check how much damage was done and to see if it's repairable by a "practiced" mechanic.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013


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check the oil level and pressure

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How long have you ran the engine ? I know that they will run rough and sometimes make strange noises for a few secounds or a little bit untill everything get oiled up again. I would make sure all the push rods are back in the right place and that all the lifters are tight.

Posted on Jan 18, 2009

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Sounds like a stuck valve lifter. I'd use some oil additive for unsticking lifters.

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you need a special socket for your car. its deep socket with thin wall. what i did was to bring my socket to a machine shop and made my tool thinner

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SOURCE: 2002 hyundai santa fe - engine noise ticking

The cam chains have developed slack and are slapping on the cam chain guides which helps prevent the cam chains from popping off in case of slack developing . The chain guides are made of some type of plastic material and develop significant wear.

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