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Q: The car makes ticking sounds while idling

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My car makes some weird noises, like ticking sounds. It ticks and pings during idling. Do you have any idea what is causing these sounds?

A: The pinging sound can be caused by many dif...

The pinging sound can be caused by many different faults. Without more detail about the noise, I will take the best guess I can at this point.

If the vehicle is pinging at idle there is a chance that the wrong octane gasoline is used or a top engine mechanical fault is present. A qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, can run a diagnostic inspection of the engine noise and recommend the best path to repair.

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