Question about 2009 Toyota Camry
A new motor sounds drastic to solve a ticking sound. Ted Maxwell's answer sounds good - get a second opinion before you take out big bucks for a new engine. Even an engine overhaul would be less expensive if it comes to that.
Ted talks about a mechanic's stethoscope, which may not be readily available. An old trick is to put a long screwdriver against various parts of the engine while it is running, and then put your ear to the handle of the screwdriver. This will allow you to determine the general area of the ticking sound. If it is near the crankshaft area, you are probably hearing a bearing (bad news). If it is near the cylinder head, just a loose valve lifter or cam follower, can be fixed relatively easily.
But caviat - do not run the engine at high speed or heavy loads until you have made sure of the source of the noise.
Posted on Apr 06, 2015
Considering the $ that a new motor would cost, a second opinion would be a good idea. The ticking sound is often more associated with valves, lifters, and camshaft, compared to knocking which is more crankshaft and connecting rods. If you're mechanically inclined you could use a mechanics stethescope to listen to the running engine to determine the source of the sound.
It's definitely not a good idea to run it, especially at high rpm, until you find the problem.
Posted on Apr 04, 2015
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Please change the oil now at the Nissan garage and watch the vehicle closely.
$100 is not so much like getting your car totally knocked.
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Posted on Aug 25, 2009
depending on what engine, you may have adjustible lifters. aIf it doesn't you may have a lifter bleeding down. you may want to try a bottle of lucas additive your next oil chang.
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
if the oil level is ok,and the noise is coming from the top of the engine i would think also in the lifters,if is from the bottom,then the problem is in the crankshaft bearings,either way that would cost you some good money to fix it,i would recomend to add STP or Lucas engine restore to help the engine to lubricate better,they dont fix the problem but help to run you engine for a lots of more miles before you come up with some resourses to fix it wich is only possible replacing the parts,they cant be adjusted
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
there are no adjustments that you can do. a dealer or someone that specializes in toyota is the only ones that can/should do an adj for you. If that really is the case.
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
I have a 94 YJ gave me the same issues and I did all you did and more.
Finely I was told that penzoil has a parfin base which lends it self to the cause. I don't know if it is true or not I'm just a shade tree mech. I switched over to full synthetic and WA-LA It took a couple of changes after a good cleaning but I've been TICK free for a over a year now. since I do my own change it helps hold the cost down. I was also told I needed lifters and a rebuild & all that jazz so I figured that if she was gona die I'd deal with that when it happens so far so good.
Posted on Oct 05, 2009
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