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I have an 2001 mitsubishi galant 4 cylinder and the motor makes a ticking sound at random times it almost sounds like a fuel injector ticking loudly. car runs good, i check oil levels at times, i put 10w30 oil in it. Just not sure what the ticking sound is you can hear it ticking even with the hood closed. The sound starts at times and then goes away and will come back at no set time period, and then sometimes wont do it for a day or so. thanks for your help

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  • trailermech0 Sep 06, 2010

    it is an automatic trans

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It is a lifter ticking. They are called hydraulic lifters. They have a spring inside them, when the car is running it builds oil pressure. The oil pressure fills the lifter which gives the lifter a cushion so to speak. When a lifter is worn out it will not hold oil pressure as well as it use to. So I would say it is a lifter ticking. Nothing to be real concerned about. I had an old 6 cylinder that all of the lifters ticked in it and it ran forever. Probably still running somewhere! So it is not really a concern. If you want to you could run 10w40 oil in it, which is a little thicker. This may help.

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    Rodney Clark Sep 09, 2010

    Yes. The lifters are in the engine. It doesn't matter what transmission you have. The lifters ride on the camshaft. The camshaft turns, pushes the lifters up and open the valves to let fuel in and let exhaust out. The lifters are in every engine. The lifters go bad faster if you run low on oil. 

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Hi!


It sounds like sticky lifters problem, add a bottle of LIFTER QUIET to the engine oil, it will take care of the problem.

Next time you change oil, use an oil with more viscosity like 20W50 for high mileage. it will keep the lifters charged and noise free.

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Hi.

Ticking noise is often symptoms of poor car lubrication. As first thing replace oil, check oil level, pump, and oil pressure status. If the engine has over 100K miles or so, try using a denser oil.

If oil is OK, then the problem is a loose valve banging against the rocker arm when the engine is running. In that case it will be a major problem. From your description this is a possibility, if the noise comes directly from engine block, that is probably the case.

Ensure also that the noise is not coming from a hole in the exahust system.

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Sorry wrote a nice reply and the internet went off --- right need to know if its auto or manual ,but in all honesty i would advise you ask a local mechanic to listen when it makes the noise ,this is very difficult to give advice when it could be anything from a hydraulic tappet to a flex plate on the torque converter if its an auto and every and anything in between so please leave this post on your E mail and come back when a mechanic has given you some sort of idea and then i will advise as to weither it could or not be the case ,this is one of them question like how long is piece of string

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While there are no recalls or TSB's open on the concern I have seen multiple Mitsubishi's with lifter noise

Lucas oil activities help but usually the only fix is lifter replacement

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In order to find out if the ticking sound is coming from one of the injectors, you can disconnect one by one each injector plug, engine idling and listen the engine noise. When ticking sound disappears the corresponding injector is out of order. If the ticking sound does not disappear then you should search the valves gear mechanism, but I guess that one of the injectors is bad. You can also use a fuel additive, but only a high quality one, in order yo fix the injector ticking sound without removing.

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