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Old 08-15-2010, 02:26 AM   #1
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Having a frustrating problem right now. After driving for 25 minutes the other day I noticed a ticking noise coming from under the hood. It sounds like it is coming from the passenger side of the engine. It sounds like a valve tap but I am not sure. The ticking gets faster when I give it gas.
Then I noticed my oil psi gauge is acting crazy. It goes up every time I press the gas but when I am slowing down or at idle it drops to almost the red.
Any ideas on what the ticking may be or how i can figure it out??? Possibly related to the psi gauge??

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Old 08-15-2010, 08:45 AM   #2
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I would get a mechanical oil pressure gauge and test the real pressure. Low pressure will cause a tick
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Agreed, do it soon if you can. Holding off could cause something worse to happen if it'* fixable and not addressed soon.
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I am going to try to get my hands on a real tester today. . . . .What exactly is the ticking? It doesn't start until the car warms up but once it does the oil psi gauge pretty much jumps down to the red every time I stop. Just tryna get an idea of what it is.
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What oil are you using, viscosity wise that is. Like suggested, check it with a mechanical pressure tester. If that shows the pressure is really dropping, then your bearings are going out.
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Ticking can be a lifter, bearings or a few other things. Ticking overall is a bad thing.
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I'm using 10w-30, quaker state. I'm pretty sure the lifters are something I could do myself, but what about the bearings. What is the difficulty level of replacing those or is it better to just get a new engine.
O and I just had a rebuilt tranny put in about a month ago.
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Bearings are a high skill job. Doing it is easy, doing it right is another story. You need to use the correct bearings to compensate for any wear on the shaft.
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When replacing the piston rod bearins, that'* a competent machine shop with align boring and tons of cost. That'* where I usually pick up another engine and take the lower cost road. Luckily at the moment our engines are in high supply and cheap.
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When replacing the piston rod bearings, that'* a competent machine shop with align boring and tons of cost. That'* where I usually pick up another engine and take the lower cost road. Luckily at the moment our engines are in high supply and cheap.
Well according to my local shop I am going to need a new engine anyway. At first I thought that he was trying to get over on me, but then I got home and you recommended the same thing so unfortunately it might be time to say goodbye to my Bonne. He said all my bearing were shot and I have a bent rod. I'm not sure how he diagnosed this from the outside, either way I kno it cost a whole lot to dig down and fix it. . . . .so I might just have to make that hard decision!
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