Q: ..I've got a ticking noise from the engine...

asked by on April 21, 2017

Hi..I've got a ticking noise from the engine(valve train i assume)...the noise volume increases when pressing more on the gas pedal and disappears when idling...could this be a valve adjustment issue---a cam follower(lifter). a rocker arm.?.or maybe a valve not closing or opening properly(staying partially open maybe)..this car has a SOHC..thanks

My car has 154230 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Noises in the valve train are usually consistent and don’t change much with engine load. Noises that get stronger when accelerating may be deeper in the engine. But adjusting the valves is not too tough on your car so it would be a very good first step. That will also give you the opportunity to inspect the condition of the camshaft. If you would like to have that done professionally, you can contact Your Mechanic. they can send a technician to your home or office to adjust your valves and give you an opinion about the condition of the rest of the engine.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

Air not cooling

It is possible that you may have a leak somewhere in the AC system. However it is normal that every few years your air conditioning refrigerant will need to be serviced, as the refrigerant is a gas and does slowly...

Ticking noise coming from engine - 2006 BMW 525xi

The source of the noise must be determined first. The ticking noise may be caused by air in the lifters, this is a common complaint and BMW has a TSB out to address this concern. There is a bleeding procedure...

When I step on the gas pedal the car doesn't move right away and there's a loud noise coming from the hood. What's wrong with the car?

Hi there. There could be lots of things that would make noises as the vehicle is trying to move. The most common could be the transmission making a noise. If the transmission is making the noise, then it could be...

There's a problem with the fuel system I'm thinking but not sure

Hello. P1193 is the code for a faulty inlet air temperature sensor, also known as the intake air temperature sensor. It may be possible that there is an issue with the intake air temperature sensor or with the sensor circuit....

RPM fluctuation, engine shuts off at the traffic light

You may have a belt tensioner not suppling enough tension on the belt. The power steering may also be low on fluid. The belt may be loose which will need to be adjusted tighter. The idle problem may be due...

Check engine light on, temperature goes to hot, noisy engine, car shuddring and turns off.

Fault codes need to be read out from the engine computer. There is a technical service bulletin (TSB) out by Lexus that points to a faulty thermostat causing a Check Engine Light, and that the thermostat should be replaced based...

Bad engine knock, what can I do?

The 2007 Ford Fusion 2.3l Duratec is usually a very dependable engine with few problems. However, there are several issues that could cause knocking and engine seizure. The engine oil filter in this engine is a cartridge type that has...

Rattling when accelerating

If it is increasing in frequency on longer drives, or hotter weather, this may be a worn connecting rod bearing - which will "rap" under a load. Oil pressure drops with heat, so this type of issue will be more...

Why is the car losing power and not accelerating? 1995 BMW 318is

Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Check the ground wire from the main engine to frame ground to the right side engine mount. If this wire is corroded or loose, this will cause the engine to loose power on...

Related articles

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Intermittent Wiper Relay
Common signs include the wiper blades only working on one speed or a different speed than you selected, not working at all, and making humming noises.
Top 10 Factors to Consider When Buying a Luxury Car
The The idea of owning a luxury car is appealing. The glossy paint, swoopy lines, and prestigious badges speak of the owner’s success in life, while the interior opulence offers scented leather surfaces, high-tech telematic devices, and all the creature-comfort...
Understanding the BMW Condition Based Servicing and Service Indicator Lights
Car symbols, or dashboard lights, are a car service reminder. The BMW Condition Based Servicing system indicates when and what service your car needs.