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This is a discussion on Tick, Tick, Ticking sound..... within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; you popped a lifter, welcome to hell....

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    you popped a lifter, welcome to hell.

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    Popping a lifter isnt hell, just means you have to take apart the top end of your motor, which is fun IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by third_shift|studios View Post


    you popped a lifter, welcome to hell.
    how much does this cost for a mechanic to fix, and will it hurt my car in the long run?
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    Quote Originally Posted by clg82 View Post
    how much does this cost for a mechanic to fix, and will it hurt my car in the long run?
    you really need to exhaust all obvious options before you get to thinking its a lifter and panic....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommycat View Post
    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.
    that is a amazing idea.. thanks man, i'll remember that. rep points for you tommycat!!! rep points for you!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by secondgearscratch View Post
    you really need to exhaust all obvious options before you get to thinking its a lifter and panic....
    Everyone keeps telling me not to use wd40!!! I'm getting nervous about that idea again.

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    UPDATE...The ticking sound is extremly light almost inaudible when you have it in park. But when you put it in reverse or drive you can really hear it!!! Anyone have anymore ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clg82 View Post
    UPDATE...The ticking sound is extremly light almost inaudible when you have it in park. But when you put it in reverse or drive you can really hear it!!! Anyone have anymore ideas?
    its probbally rpm related so in park rpms drop so i dont think it really matters

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    it's either a lifter or a rocker-only because they are moving proportionally to the engine's speed. Open your hood while the car is on, crank open the throttle and listen to where the noise is coming from.

    It might cost 300-500 to fix it if a shop knows what they're doing. Remove manifold/coil packs/valve covers/valve train/rockers/pushrods, engine head and exhaut manifold then you'll find the lifter.

    I don't know if it will mess up the engine, but i know that at 6500 rpms, i want all my cylinders firing @ full capacity

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    Quote Originally Posted by third_shift|studios View Post
    it's either a lifter or a rocker-only because they are moving proportionally to the engine's speed. Open your hood while the car is on, crank open the throttle and listen to where the noise is coming from.

    It might cost 300-500 to fix it if a shop knows what they're doing. Remove manifold/coil packs/valve covers/valve train/rockers/pushrods, engine head and exhaut manifold then you'll find the lifter.

    I don't know if it will mess up the engine, but i know that at 6500 rpms, i want all my cylinders firing @ full capacity
    So you don't think that I am fully firing and not getting the full horsepower that my car is capable of? Cause it seems to me that I am still at the same horsepower I think I should be at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by third_shift|studios View Post

    I don't know if it will mess up the engine, but i know that at 6500 rpms, i want all my cylinders firing @ full capacity

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    i'm having almost the same problem... but i'm almost positive its because i just put on headers and i have an exhaust leak. deffinitely try and frind the where its coming from first

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    i think some of you are taking this wd 40 thing too far. guess what? my idler pulley was the one squeeking and i didnt know it at the time. i sprayed wd 40 on the pulleys while the car idled and figured out what it was. when mine was at idle it was barely noticable, but when i put it in gear and drove...LOUD.

    btw, the wd 40 dries up in a few seconds so you wont slip the belts under any circumstances. i know what the rumor is with the serp belt but NO ONE will be able to slip the belt as easily as it appears within this thread, especially at idle.

    we dont know what the problem is for sure, so i dont think discrediting certain things is smart. i simply say that you check all your bases and then go from there. what if he takes the heads off and it isnt a lifter??? dumb move not to exhaust all options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clg82 View Post
    So you don't think that I am fully firing and not getting the full horsepower that my car is capable of? Cause it seems to me that I am still at the same horsepower I think I should be at.
    the ticking sound comes from the pushrod jumping up and down inside the head instead of being anchored snuggly into the "basket" of the lifter. So one of your cylinders is either not getting enough air or exhausting properly b/c the rod isn't opening the valve at the correct time.

    It's minimal loss, bud holy shit is it annoying to "clack" down the road

    2ndgearscratch-i've never heard a pulley "tick" so i just think you're way off man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by third_shift|studios View Post
    the ticking sound comes from the pushrod jumping up in down inside the head instead of being anchored snuggly into the "basket" of the lifter. So one of your cylinders is either not getting enough air or exhausting properly b/c the rod isn't opening the valve at the correct time.

    It's minimal loss, bud holy shit is it annoying to "clack" down the road

    2ndgearscratch-i've never heard a pulley "tick" so i just think you're way off man.
    the bearing inside the pulley gets worn and ticks against the plastic....i only know this meaningless info because i went through it. i know i dont have lifter problems.

    no disrespect man....im just saying thats what the case was with mine. i could be way off.

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    that's news to me, hoss. It's up to clg82 to figure out if the noise is up high or down low and report. One post he said "it's faint until the rpm's rise" so it might not be a lifter b/c that sucker sounds like a woodpecker

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    Quote Originally Posted by third_shift|studios View Post
    that's news to me, hoss. It's up to clg82 to figure out if the noise is up high or down low and report. One post he said "it's faint until the rpm's rise" so it might not be a lifter b/c that sucker sounds like a woodpecker
    No it doesn't sound as loud as a woodpecker. It is just a slight ticking noise that you can hear in park then when you put it in reverse or drive you can hear it louder but not as loud as a woodpecker. It also accelerates when i accelerate.

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    man, i remember when i tore down and put it all back together-gave the key a twist and the sound was gone...then all of a sudden TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP I looked in the engine bay, about to cry, when i saw that a spark plug came off....man, i was happy that was over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by third_shift|studios View Post
    man, i remember when i tore down and put it all back together-gave the key a twist and the sound was gone...then all of a sudden TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP I looked in the engine bay, about to cry, when i saw that a spark plug came off....man, i was happy that was over.
    boy do i know that feeling...when your stomach drops through your ass.

    sucks.

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