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Engine ticking sound when engine is cold. sound is much quieter after driving for 10 minutes or so.

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The ticking sound when the engine is cold could indicate worn lifters. It could also be caused by a timing belt slap when the engine is cold, when the belt heats up the sound goes away. If you have low oil pressure when you hear the ticking sound it could indicate a bad oil pump. Another possibility is valve lash when it is cold - all of these conditions will disappear when the engine heats up. The ticking is more likely to come from the valve train or the lifters - unfortunately these are not items you can easily check on your own unless you are a skilled mechanic. It is better to take it to a mechanic, tell them what you think it may be and ask them to look specifically at those items.

Posted on Aug 06, 2010

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    chuck olson Jun 14, 2014

    it's a new motor may have 200000 miles on it

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