Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car ticking, sounding like a tractor

asked by on

When I start my car, I hear a ticking sound in the motor. If I continue to drive, it sounds like a tractor.

A: A ticking sound coming from the motor can s...

A ticking sound coming from the motor can sometimes be normal, but in this case there are a few possibilities. The oil level should be checked by a qualified technician to ensure the motor has enough oil for proper lubrication. When a motor doesn’t have enough oil to properly lubricate all of the needed systems premature engine wear and serious internal engine damage can occur. The ticking could be one or more of the hydraulic lifters located in the cylinder heads making noise from lack of oil delivery. The longer this condition is present the more engine damage will occur. A proper inspection of your car’s ticking sound can easily be set up by one of the qualified technicians here at YourMechanic to ensure your safety while driving.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Battery saver active 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix

Hello - the Battery Saver feature tries to identify scenarios where the charging system is not keeping up with electrical load. If the battery is failing, or if the voltage regulator is not keeping system voltage high enough (13 volts...

Q: Ticking noise becoming faster with higher RPMs

Hi there. In most cases, if this happened all of a sudden and went away after a moment, then it may just be low on oil or it may need an oil change. I would check the oil first. If...

Q: My Truck will not go forward or backards when pushing on the gas.

The first thought I have is the throttle cable is broken. But you state it will briefly move when you push on the gas pedal. The only way I can think of for this to occur is if the throttle...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.