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ENGINE HAS TICKING SOUND DURING IDLE, SOMEONE TOLD ME IT WAS LIFTERS. HOW CAN I BE SURE

1990 Ford Festiva • 200,000 miles

When engine idles there is fast tick sound, checked oil is good I believe. I am not sure hot to check oil pressure. Also oil light comes on while car is off!
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RAAndrews
June 14, 2012.



Check the oil pressure with a mechanical gauge-remove the oil pressure sending unit-hook it up and start the engine -then read off the pressure if its within specs

Rasmataz
Jun 14, 2012.
K and what about lifters

Tiny
RAAndrews
Jun 14, 2012.
You can never be sure about a lifter noise without disassembling things and inspecting and even then it may not be obvious.

Wrenchtech
Jun 14, 2012.
Like Wrench said, you have to disassemble things and inspect to determine the problem-possible-excessive valve lash, collasped lifters and worned out camshaft lobes-etc

Rasmataz
Jun 14, 2012.