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Old 12-04-2012, 07:16 PM
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Gas Engine Ticking Diagnosis?

I know this is a Ford forum and all but I was wondering if y'all could help us out.

My friend owns a 2005 Ram 1500 with the 3.7L Magnum V6. Needless to say the truck has always had problems. It has a tick that had gotten progressively louder even after switching to synthetic and adding some Lucas additive. Were guessing its a bad lifter. The truck still runs good and has power. My question is what else could it be and what should we be looking for when we pull the valve covers??? I'm just not to familiar with gassers, all help/advice is greatly appreciated!!!

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I might also add that today when he started his truck after about a mile down the road it started shaking really bad, had a lack of power, seemed like their was a dead cylinder(s). He stopped the truck ad restarted and it did the same thing. He then asked me to come look at it and when he started it for me it sounded fine (granted the engine was warm now). We let the engine cool down for 6+ hours and started it again and all was well. No more missing/shaking as he described. We did notice that the tick seemed a lot louder than it did before.

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Ok now the HEMI and Magnum engines are notoriously loud engines when cold. Even the new HEMIs at work make alot of noise when cold started. Does it sound fine when warm?
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Ok now the HEMI and Magnum engines are notoriously loud engines when cold. Even the new HEMIs at work make alot of noise when cold started. Does it sound fine when warm?
It sounds ever so slightly better when warm, but their is still a clear as day, and very loud ticking noise coming from the passenger side of the engine.

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does it sounds like a mechanical tick? It is not uncommon for injectors to "tick". Im not sure if it has hydraulic lash or not but improper valve lash can make some noise as well.

You best bet is to tell him to replace the motor, body, and drivetrain with anything other then a dodge. I cant tell you how much I despise everything they make.
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lol when i bought my little brothers first car he picked out some pos isuzu rodeo that rattled like a mofo and had tons of terrible tick noises.... needless to say it never had an issue and checked out fine at the mechanic so as much as i hate products like this i went to advance auto parts.... when you do the oil change hold back a quart of your normal oil and dump in a quart of rislone.... it will sound insanely quiet after that.. valve or lifter i presume but who cares drive it till it drops.
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how many miles on it and look in the valve cover to see if there is crud ( very thick sludge). if there is he may have a blocked oil passage. I know this, that is what happened to my ford contour V6. I put all new lifters in and it did not fix it until I started using a cleaner/oil flush witch unblocked the lifter oil passage and it moved down to a rod bearing a wiped it out. Good luck. keep in mind that oil flush works too good! I would never use it on an older motor. use something less aggressive.
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Yeah I'd pull the valve covers and see what you find


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The truck only has 71,000 miles. It defiantly sounds like a mechanical tick/knock.

I guess the only thing we can do is pull the valve covers and see what it looks like in their.

My last questions for you guys: We are both driving home from college tomorrow. Would any further damage o the engine be caused by driving it 350 miles back home or would it be better to just trailer it back (with my truck) and open up the engine when were back home?


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How far is the drive?


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