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Have a ticking sound coming from engine...possibly exhaust manifold?

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Yes - could be..
Also could be a sticky lifter..
Get a paper towel tube - or something like that. Put one end to your ear and search the noise with the other end..
This will help you pin-point were the noise is coming from..
I know its a little silly - but it works ;o)

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