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Ticking turned out to be exhaust manifold

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Old 08-12-2009, 03:05 PM
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Default Ticking turned out to be exhaust manifold

FWIW I recently found out that I had a broken stud on my passenger side exhaust manifold. I noticed it when it got alot louder lately and I took off the wheel well cover to have a look. When it was all said and done I had to replace the manifold along with gasket and hardware - 1 bolt had to be retapped with a heli-coil (when living near salt water everything rusts eventually). Anyways $700 later she purrs like new and I am happy with the results. It still pisses me off though about all the oil changes and oil additives I put into her trying to fix a lifter tick
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:02 PM
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Glad you got it fixed, but is sounds like you missed a chance/excuse to mod your truck and put some aftermarket headers on.
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:04 PM
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wow thats alot i woulda had headers at that price....
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:18 PM
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+1!!!! dam thats expensive....
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:24 PM
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what kind of ticking noise was it?
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:25 AM
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Believe me I thought about the headers but decided against it after pricing them $$$! THis job should have taken a couple hours labor but went into OT due to a few stuck bolts and 1 that had to be retapped - and this was only the passenger side. Woulda cost over a grand to do both! Should have mentioned that this is canadian $$$ also and prices to ship to the east coast are mega expensive.

As for the sound I had been researching the so called hemi tic for quite some time (years) and all the symptoms pointed to that but only recently did it get much louder and took on an exhaust-type sound (like when my dad's crossover pipe went) and I suspected the manifold. I think anybody who has a sound like the tick should have a look at their exhaust manifolds first - seems like a common problem round here.

I will be enjoying my tick-less truck until the driver's side goes I guess LOL
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I've suspected my exhaust for months. the ticking is load based on my truck. if it was lifter/valve guide tick, it would be almost completely engine speed based, load would make near no difference on it.
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YEah I think your right about it being load based altough mine got so bad that it was doing it all the time (except at idle or parked and revving the engine didn't seem to do it). Judging by the rust on the "headless" bolt this had happened a good while ago but to me its still hard to believe that one less bolt could have made all that noise so I never suspected the exhaust. I was absolutely convinced that it had to be in the valves. I guess if you read too much about the "hemi tick" you start to believe you have it. Good thing I found it when I did though cause I was about to start changing valves/springs and pushrods
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So it was a bolt on the exhaust manifold hey? What do you mean by load based? I think I might take my inside fender off and take a quick peak.
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:59 PM
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Load-based meaning that when your engine is working the hardest like going uphill or hauling a load. Also like when you start from a stop and the truck has to get up to speed. As opposed to a constant chattering that gets louder as your rpms go up.

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load based=load on the engine. like when you give it more throttle to go fast, tow, accelerate, go up a hill. with more load/throttle comes more exhaust pressure, which may leak out of a small opening in an exhaust manifold/header and cause a ticking sound.
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I had the exact same problem and was also thinking it was the valves, until I crawled underneath and found the lower rear stud had broken off. All I had to do was replace the stud and not the manifold as it was finger loose. Fixed the ticking noise and now she sounds great.
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Hmm well mine does it when it idles low I can hear it, and then again when I am driving next to concrete walls etc.
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that might be lifter/valve tick. does it get louder with more throttle?
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I think i have this same noise.... would it cause the truck to throw codes like p0135 and p0158, which i believe are O2 codes.
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hmm I have this and I just started getting a vibration around 4k and it is load based. if it wasnt dark out and pouring Id go crawl under it now and take a gander.
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:26 PM
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i cant believ it cost you that much to fix because I had the same problem I was actually missing an exhaust manifold bolt causing the tick which I thought was the HEMI tick but it cost me about 50 bucks to have it fixed and that was with a new gasget and bolt plus labor so you got ripped of my friend but glad the tick is gone
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