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Ticking and rattling sound

The car is making a ticking sound and sometimes would sound like a rattle. At first when the i would accelerate it would disappear and when slowing up would start again. Now the noise is constant. The oil pressure is still high and no warning lights are lit. I have stopped driving the car and making arrangements to get to mechanic. I was told it could be the exhaust manifold.

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Sounds like the problem is brake related. That ticking you're hearing is your front brake rotors, clicking against the sides of the brake caliper. As you speed up, the clicking will get faster untill you won't be able to hear it, (it's still there, it's just inaudible at such a rapid revolution) upon deceleration, you will notice it more prominently, clicking in rhythm to the speed of your wheel's revolution.
basically, It indicates your brake pads are worn down. Unfortunately the condition will get worse, louder, and the car will become extraordinarily more dangerous to drive as front braking will be compromised if the vehicle's braking conditions persist.
A qualified mechanic will setup the brakes, rotors, check for warpage, hone the rotors if need be, and be able to install a proper replacement pad.

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