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09-18-2013 05:35 PM
fuertemercury Thanks for the input. Once I get home from my deployment I was going to do a thorough tune-up and see if that helps out the ticking at all. I've heard that it could be a cracked exhaust manifold amongst other things. I think I'll use some of the tricks mentioned to try and isolate the sound a little bit better.

I appreciate the help, I'll post an update here in a couple of weeks, hopefully with good news!
09-18-2013 04:59 PM
Shelby427 The 4.0 is known for ticking noises. But might as well locate where it's coming from.
Nother way to locate the sound is using a long screwdriver. Place you ear over the handle end, and touch the other end on various spots around the engine compartment, careful for moving parts.

On ours I found the distributor was the culprit. Had a dry upper bushing. Something not normal for the early versions (ours is a 97) but notorious on the later ones. And it's one of those if you don't catch it early you can easily end up with major damage.
09-17-2013 06:16 PM
Rommelx3 possible cracked manifold?
09-17-2013 06:06 PM
SecretAgentMan Try using a vacuum cleaner hose to isolate the sound. Put one end to your ear and point the other end at stuff. You'll look goofy, but it will work.
09-17-2013 08:09 AM
Mr Mac My '06 sounds more like a Singer sewing machine as the mornings get colder. That sound is fairly normal for a 4.0L motor.

The engine uses a hydraulic tappet/lifter so there really is no lash adjustment to be made. If you had a collapsed lifter, you'd know that right off!
09-17-2013 07:56 AM
Tjkid8 Pop the valve cover an take a look doesn't take much to unbolt that cover then look at your push rods an rocker arms to at least know you can eliminate them as the problem
09-17-2013 01:22 AM
fuertemercury
Need help with ticking coming from engine...

Hey guys,

My ride is emitting a ticking sound coming from the engine bay. It sounds like a lifter, but it's really hard to pinpoint the sound. The jeep has 116k on it right now. I don't know if this is a common complaint with the 4.0, I'm just trying to figure out if it's something simple or if I need to break into it and do a valvetrain job.

Also, I'm trying to find a machine shop in the Anchorage area if anyone happens to know of one. Once the winter is over I'd like to give the motor a refresh/stroke... who knows, I might already need a refresh anyway.

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