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Slight ticking at iddle speed

I just bought a used 1999 gsx 600f katana, 24,000 miles. runs and idles very smoothly. i noticed that a slight "ticking" noise is noticeable at idle speed(@800-1200 r.p.m.) but not while driving. she is going in for a sevice run at local dealership, but i would like to know first what that noise is w/out having the same **** at the local dealership telling me ten times more than what it needs and charging me @ 2 months worth of my paycheck.

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    chris Feb 22, 2009

    now its doing it as i drive.......... what does this mean? my valves goin bad?

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Have you tried adjusting the tickover/idle speed on the carbs. Its should be ticking over at 1000-1200.

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  • debbiechant Feb 24, 2009

    it could be an oil problem. Oil level too low or If your oil is old, it could be too thin. Thin oil is hard work for the pump, it will not be able to adequately supply the clutch plates, cam chain or valve train. These all make ticking/tapping when not lubricated properly. cool oil is thicker or more viscous, so the warmer it gets, the thinner less viscous it becomes. (so it will get worse as engine gets warmer) try a complete change, or topping up the oil with new good quality oil. It may of course be a pump problem, but unlikely in a japanese bike. Did you get a Haynes manual with your bike? if not, get one from Halfords. you might have to order it. They are really worth the money, and have some step by step solutions to lots of different problems. We had electrical problems with our gixer, got one and found it invaluable. I hope this is of some help. Just keep plugging away!

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