Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car ticking when idling

asked by on

My car ticks when idling and I see air bubbles in the oil, when checking the dipstick, after the engine has been running.

A: With the age of your vehicle, it is common ...

With the age of your vehicle, it is common to expect a ticking noise. Your vehicle is known to have a problem with the PCV system, especially the 'trap' canister and the hoses. I would recommend seeking a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to diagnose the car's ticking noise further in person. If necessary, they will be able to perform any services or repairs to get rid of the noise.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: VSC light is on

Hi there. This is a very common issue that your specific vehicle encounters when the wheels have been taken off and reinstalled. There are sensitive sensors next to your rims and tires that can quite possible be snagged when this...

Q: Malfunction of elecrical system

The door has a switch that closes when the door is opened and causes the lights to stay on and the warning to come on. A simple test with a scanner can tell what door is causing it and then...

Q: At light or slowing down, car has irregular idling rev

Hello. Most of the time when this issue occurs, it is due to a faulty idle air control valve. This valve is responsible for letting some air from the air cleaner bypass the throttle body so that the engine can...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.