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    Tick, Tick, Ticking sound.....

    Everytime I start my car I hear a "ticking sound". Then when I put it in drive and actually drive the ticking accelerates!!! And when I am at idle it just keeps "ticking". It is more annoying then anything and I have tried to grease the belts and that doesn't help. What could it be??
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    Quote Originally Posted by clg82 View Post
    Everytime I start my car I hear a "ticking sound". Then when I put it in drive and actually drive the ticking accelerates!!! And when I am at idle it just keeps "ticking". It is more annoying then anything and I have tried to grease the belts and that doesn't help. What could it be??
    try to spray wd 40 on all the pulleys and see which one stops ticking. i had the same issue....i know what you mean.

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    This may be a stupid question but what are the "pulleys" and isn't that dangerous for the belts? If it's even close to the belts.

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    when I hear tick tick tick, I look for a bomb!

    after that, I assume my exhaust is hot.

    after that, i have no idea, because I know very little about mechanics

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrc1122 View Post
    when I hear tick tick tick, I look for a bomb!

    after that, I assume my exhaust is hot.

    after that, i have no idea, because I know very little about mechanics
    Well thanks for the help. lol

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    does it go away after the car warms up? because if it does then dont worry its normal gm ls1 piston slap

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    does it go away after the car warms up? because if it does then dont worry its normal gm ls1 piston slap
    no it doesn't it constantly does it warm or cold, and i know what your talking about that is common. I don't think this ticking is! someone in the post above you said spray wd40 on the pulleys what are the pulleys and isn't that dangerous to spray wd40 on the pulleys or is that ok?

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    Is your car a 6 speed or a autoo? If it is a 6 speed have you ever missed a shift any maybe went to 2nd instead of 4th? If so you have a bent pushrod I bent 2 of them in my car doing that same thing. I was drunk and was out playing and you see what you get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clg82 View Post
    no it doesn't it constantly does it warm or cold, and i know what your talking about that is common. I don't think this ticking is! someone in the post above you said spray wd40 on the pulleys what are the pulleys and isn't that dangerous to spray wd40 on the pulleys or is that ok?
    i'd stay away from that. i hope its not valvetrain noise or you'll be in trouble. try replacing your belt first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 00TAWS6 View Post
    Is your car a 6 speed or a autoo? If it is a 6 speed have you ever missed a shift any maybe went to 2nd instead of 4th? If so you have a bent pushrod I bent 2 of them in my car doing that same thing. I was drunk and was out playing and you see what you get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    i'd stay away from that. i hope its not valvetrain noise or you'll be in trouble. try replacing your belt first.
    So i shouldn't try the wd40 remedy. if i am careful to keep it off of the belts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clg82 View Post
    So i shouldn't try the wd40 remedy. if i am careful to keep it off of the belts?
    i guess be careful but ls1's are notorious for belt slippage so wd40 deff wont help that if it gets on the inside of the belts

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    It might just be your lifters ticking alittle try some Lucas oil and see if that helps it any. And as far as I know it does hurt to get wd40 on the belt you can put belt dressing shit on there that is just like wd40 so It won't hurt. And your pulleys are the thing's that your belt rides around on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    i guess be careful but ls1's are notorious for belt slippage so wd40 deff wont help that if it gets on the inside of the belts
    It's more annoying than anything......i am confused on what I should do now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 00TAWS6 View Post
    It might just be your lifters ticking alittle try some Lucas oil and see if that helps it any. And as far as I know it does hurt to get wd40 on the belt you can put belt dressing shit on there that is just like wd40 so It won't hurt. And your pulleys are the thing's that your belt rides around on.
    So you think i can put belt dressing on the pulleys without harming them? Cause i tried that on the actual belts and that didn't help at all.

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    im going to say its your lifters....or an exhaust leak some where i had an exhaust leak and fixed that but then i put a set of harland sharp roller rockers and the clatter kinda sounded like it so u might want to check your exhaust..

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangecrusht/a View Post
    im going to say its your lifters....or an exhaust leak some where i had an exhaust leak and fixed that but then i put a set of harland sharp roller rockers and the clatter kinda sounded like it so u might want to check your exhaust..
    Dont think it's an exhaust leak everything looks pretty solid there! what do lifters do and how much is that cost to fix? And is it really worth it? What if i leave the ticking will it hurt me in the long run?

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    I would say Orangecrush may have it..
    How loud is the ticking?
    A pinhole exhaust leak can cause it to sound like ticking.
    it could also be one of the pulleys has something in it.
    Your Torque converter might have debris on it.
    If it is chattering and not ticking, check your valvetrain.
    The trick is to listen to where it is coming from with the engine running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommycat View Post
    I would say Orangecrush may have it..
    How loud is the ticking?
    A pinhole exhaust leak can cause it to sound like ticking.
    it could also be one of the pulleys has something in it.
    Your Torque converter might have debris on it.
    If it is chattering and not ticking, check your valvetrain.
    The trick is to listen to where it is coming from with the engine running.
    You suggest using wd40 on the pulleys to lube them up?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by clg82 View Post
    You suggest using wd40 on the pulleys to lube them up?....
    No actually I wouldn't. I try to avoid putting a lubricant on pulleys unless I know that's the problem. Find out where exactly the ticking is coming from. If you don't know where it is coming from you can cause more work than you need. An old trick is to use a piece of hose, and putting one end up to your ear, and moving it around until you get to the spot that the ticking is loudest. Once you know where it is coming from, then you can tell what needs to be done.

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