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Bike is making a funny :clock clock clock:noise whilst being ridden, no noise on tick over or being pushed without engine running

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What kind of bike?

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    DonziGT230 Apr 04, 2015

    It may be an exhaust leak or a more serious engine problem like a bad bearing or piston. Check the exhaust system for any signs of a leak, usually some visible carbon stains.


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I need covers on left side of zs250gs plus fairing and small seat bike was in accident just covers it only have 4000 km on clock engine still new or to sell for spares R5500

no insurance huh
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Checking timing chain

They are a bit noisy sometimes, hopefully it's nothing serious, good solid bikes those so you should be good.
Check you have the correct oil in there, if your running a thin oil, it may increase the noise and wearing.
Try this, when its parked up and idling cold (when you start it up in the morning) get a screwdriver or somthing similar place the metal part of the screwdriver on the engine where you think the noise is coming from, then put your ear on the handle, doing this you will be able to pin point exactly where the noise is coming from buy moving the screwdriver around the casting also you can really hear her tick.
do it again when she's hot noting the difference of any. If it continues to get noisier, strip her down and have a look in there, could be just the tensioner/guides.
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sometimes pieces from inside your catalitic converter break loose and make a ticking noise and would be hard to spot without the engine running

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The motor makes a ticking noise where there are the valves. He was not ridden for 1 year

G'day. A ticking noise from the valve cover could be a loose cam chain or a loose valve clearance.Since the YZF's have under bucket shims to adjust the valve clearances, you have little choice other than to have them checked/adjusted at your local bike shop/dealer. To locate and narrow down noises I use a neat automotive stethascope I got from my local tool shop for $25.A screwdriver placed against your ear & touched to the cover in several places may help you narrow down if its the cam chain or the valve clearance.
Sorry I cannot be more helpfull(this is not to say that I do not know how to adjust under bucket valves as I do.It takes specialised equipment & knowledge to undertake this task).
Kind regards Andrew Porrelli

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Is the car making any funny noises from the engine, Like a tick or knock?. Could be a oil sending unit. can't be sure without seeing the car

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My harley has a strange ticking noise just started today its at the top of the engine under the valve covers

Your ticking noise could be most anything. You didn't tell me how many miles are on your bike.

Now, on top of the head you have the typical stuff that's on all four cycles engines with pushrod operated valves. You tappets down below that push up on the push rods. The push rods push up on the rocker arms. The rocker arms pivot on rocker arm shafts that ride in rocker arm bushings. The rocker arms push down on the valve stems that are closed by valves springs. The valves are also guided by valves guides. There could be wear in any one or more of these places causing the ticking you are hearing.

Now, whether or not the ticking warrants concern is how loud the ticking is. If it something that you have to "listen" for, I don't think I'd be too concerned as a bit of valve train noise is common in an engine with a few miles on it. However, if people are asking you what's that noise when you pull up, you need to have it checked out.

Pull the top covers off the heads and check for broken valves springs, missing or busted valve keepers, excessive wear in the rocker arm bushing. I hope this helps, Good Luck and ride safe.

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Could you give a little more info?
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If the car is making strange noises whilst in 1st gearm then this could be a sign of wear on the gearbox.
I would suggest topping up your transmission fluid (either into the gear-box itself, or ctop up normal engine oil).

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Check your brakelight wire and make sure switch is letting light go off. There is a power drain causing your battery to go dead. Also if you have any accesories make sure they don't use power when bike ignition is off. :)

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Check the float needle valve for smooth (sticky free) operation. If the needle valve does not stop the flow of fuel into the bowl, it will spill into the intake and rev the engine. Check also the overflow tubes. If the overflow tubes are plugged the problem will show up as reving, if they're open, check for fuel leakage under the bike when running.

Neddle valves aren't expensive to replace but they sure are annoying when the stop working correctly.

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