Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: There's a ticking sound by the engine, does the timing belt need replacing?

asked by on

I have bought a 58 plate Ford Fiesta Style and I come to find out theres a ticking noise by the engine. Does the timing belt need replacing? It has covered just under 84,000 miles. I am not sure what to do. My car starts every time and drives as it should. As far as I know there are no other faults or symptoms. Theres simply only a ticking noise.

My car has 84000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: Hello there. The ticking sound coming from ...

Hello there. The ticking sound coming from your Ford Fiesta isn’t necessarily caused by the timing belt. In fact, most ticking sounds are caused by lubrication issues, when oil is having difficulty reaching the top of the cylinder head. The ticking comes from valve hardware the is causing metal to metal contact. Sometimes this is due to clogged oil galleys, or the engine is low on oil. It can also be triggered by problems with the oil pump. Try checking the oil first, adding recommended oil to make sure it’s full and then see if the ticking continues. If it does, contact one of our local certified mechanics before you make the decision to replace the timing belt. They can complete an engine noise inspection to determine the precise source of your issues.

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

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: Cd player on ford says driver malfunction. What can I do?

Typically, when a factory radio unit fails or a component inside fails the radio should be replaced with a new or refurbished unit. You can contact your local dealer to find a factory replacement or consult an aftermarket vendors for...

Q: Shuddering, check engine light on. 2005 Saab 9-2X

Hello. It is possible that the previous repairs could cause this problem. It is also equally possible that the new problems are not related to the previous problems that you were having. If the timing belt is not on the...

Q: 2008 Ford Mustang GT Stalls after warm up as if it ran out of gas and won't restart until engine is cooled

The issue is the fuel pump relay on your fuel system. The fuel pump relay is getting hot and shutting off the fuel pump. Then when you shut off the engine and key to the ignition switch, the fuel pump...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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.