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Old 10-05-2013, 12:22 PM   #1
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Ticking noise

There is a ticking noise in my jeep especially when I first start it. If it's been cold outside the ticking is really had when I start it until I hit the gas for a few seconds. Any ideas on what this could be and how to fix it?

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Old 10-05-2013, 01:19 PM   #2
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sounds like valvetrain noise to me. every vehicle I've owned has had it to some extent. what weight oil do you have in it? when all the oil drains into the pan and it's cold, the valvetrain will chatter until you get oil pumped up to it. that's metal wear you're hearing!

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Old 10-05-2013, 01:24 PM   #3
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How can I fix that?
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How many miles??? Which engine???

As they age the parts wear and until it warms up and the metal expands you will hear some ticking.

When they are cold and all the oil is in the pan they will make some noise. The Jeep engines all have this issue.

The fix an overhaul or a whole new valvetrain or it could just be the weight of the oil you use.
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:34 PM   #5
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It is a 4.0 with about 89000 miles.
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:57 PM   #6
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Next time or change the oil you have some choices. 10W-30/40 straight oil no synthetic the engine has loose enough tolerances to run a straight 30W.

Some folks actually run Rotella for diesels.

Use a brand name oil and a good filter. Oil pressure should be 20-40 at low rom max of 70 at high speed.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:07 PM   #7
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Thanks a lot. So will the normal oil still be good been during winter in colorado?
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Thanks a lot. So will the normal oil still be good been during winter in colorado?
I personally switch FROM 10W-30 TO 5W-30 in winter also in CO. I also add HEET to my gas EVERY tank in Fall and Winter...
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:19 PM   #9
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Swing by Autozone and grab a quart of Lucas oil. You can use it in lieu if a quart of your reg oil at your next oil change. Works like a charm in my 05 TJ with a 4.0L.
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I'd go with 5W30, especially now that it is getting colder. 5W30 is going to flow easier than 10W30 will as temps drop.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:54 PM   #11
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Sounds like a hydraulic lifter is going out.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:24 PM   #12
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Sounds like a hydraulic lifter is going out.
That's also what I was worried about. How much to replace those and how hard?
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Total noob here.
Just bought a used 2009. 3.8 liter manual trans.

There is quite of bit of noise coming from the manual trans gearbox when driving.
Not loud enough where I can't turn up the radio and not hear it, but loud enough to be annoying. Is this normal?
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Check the fluid level??? Any leaks??? Maybe a good time to change it and out in some fresh fluid. Then see how noisy it is.
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:26 PM   #15
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Could just be your throw out bearing , being If it is a manual , nothing to worry about
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Thanks for your replies!
I am glad to know it may not be anything serious.
I will research the throw out bearing as well as how to change the fluid to see if this is something I can do from home.
No mechanic by any means, but competent enough to be able to change oil/filter is my skill level.

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