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Old 10-27-2008, 07:09 PM   #1
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i posted in general help but i was hoping for a lil more help... 2 days ago the camaro started ticking on cold start up and went away when it warmed up... today it does it constantly... wont go away and increases in rapidness and loudness as i press the pedal



i tried seafoaming it tonight and changing to a lighter oil... nothing... no change.... wtf is going on?
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Old 10-27-2008, 08:18 PM   #2
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10w-30 ams-oil synthetic, my car did the same, i was running 5w-30 mobile one syn. and it would start doing that on a cold start after about 2000 miles, royal purple 1250 miles, ams-oil i have 5000 on it with no hydraulic lifter tick
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i hope that does it... im just worried b/c most say the lifters quiet down after warm up... mine does it at any temp and just gets faster and louder with the rpm's
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Do you have headers? Exhaust leaks will tick and the tick will get faster with RPM. They also sometimes go away when the gasket gets hot and expands a little. Easy way to check is to listen and put your hand over the header/manifold where it sounds like it's ticking and see if you feel a "put-put-put" of air against your hand.
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nope car is bone stock
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Does it kinda sound like a sewing machine?
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its a steady ticking at idle and increases in rapidness when revving
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I've had this problem a couple different times and it had a couple different solutions. Even if you have the stock manifolds check for an exhaust leak to rule that out.

The other time I had a loose rocker arm, I could put my hand on the valve cover and feel a pretty solid ticking where the arm was hitting up against it. If you can feel something, or if it sounds like it's coming from under there you might want to pull the valve covers and make sure everything is how it should be.

If you've ruled out those two then use your ear as best you can to try to find out where the ticking is coming from and then go from there.
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It might be the lifters too. GM is famous for it. No big deal though. Just annoying.
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ok i think ive gone nuts... i spent the last 2 hrs with a screwdriver to my damned ear.... not a sound from the valve covers... it seems to be louder under the car near the starter area.....



a year ago i replaced my starter and when i took the old one out the aluminum nose piece was broken off... inside the housing i am assuming.... COULD this be what i am hearing.... wouldnt it be loose and rattling rather than one place and increasing in tapping when i rev..... help me guys im at a loss..... like i said... it appears lounder underneath....
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DAM! i have the same problem..so if its the lifters its not a big deal???
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Go check for exhaust leaks. I just had my cat blow out the flange welds where it connects to the manifolds. Sounded like a lifter tick untill it finally blew all the way out.
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your sure it's not a knock instead of a tick? You may be over examining piston slap. Every ls motor eventually gets it and it varies characteristics. If all is running ok I then I wouldn't sweat it.
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