Q: My 2004 toyota solara has a ticking or clicking sound I can hear from both inside and outside the car

asked by on

My 2004 toyota solara v4 sle has a ticking or clicking sound I have been hearing for the past month. I have found it annoying and have pinpointed where it's near I'm just not too sure if it's on the inside of the car, or on the outside behind the engine near the pcv valve. From the inside of the car it's coming from behind and kind of underneath the passenger glove compartment. But when i open the hood i hear it coming somewhere near the back of the engine close to the pcv valve.

My car has 123771 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

What you are describing sounds like the noise associated with lack of lubrication in the valve train. In the mornings or when the engine is cold, the oil has had the chance, due to gravity to drain back down into the oil pan. When you start the engine when it is cold, this can produce a ticking sound as you describe. This happens as the various valve train components are moving without oil initially. As the engine warms up and oil circulates back up to the top of the motor where the valve train components are and they begin to be come better lubricated oil, the ticking sound should become lighter and eventually go away. I would recommend getting a fresh oil change which should help clear this up. Fresh oil will help remove any sludge that may also contribute to any potential lack of oil circulation. Use the sound as a guide for future oil changes and if this does not clear up or gets any worse, this could be something to be concerned about and should be looked at by a mechanic.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. My 2004 toyota solara has a ticking or clicking sound I can hear from both inside and outside the car

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: Car will start but will not idle good

Hello. An idling issue can be caused by many different parts on your car. I would need to know if this occurred before you replaced all of these parts or if it occurred right after. If it was after then...

Q: Car door alarm sensors keep going off while car is on, because of that I can't even lock my doors when it's off.

Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. What seem to happen is a door sensor / switch has failed. Turn on the dome light to door and shut all of the doors. See if the light dims after shutting all...

Q: Brake lights out in a 2004 Toyota Solara

It sounds like the fuse for the brake lights may have blown. This would cause all your brake lights to stop working. I would ask for help from one of the mechanics at YourMechanic to inspect your brake light and...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
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.