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F150 ENGINE TICKING

2004 Ford F-150

Engine Mechanical problem
2004 Ford F150 V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 53000 miles

i have a ticking noise from my 5.4 triton that sounds almost like an exhaust leak but isn't. It dosen't affect the performance or anything but it kinda sounds like a diesel running. I have also heard other 5.4's do the same thing. Any suggestions on what the problem is? One more thing is that when I take off and turn from a dead stop, and give the truck gas I feel a vibration. It only does it when I turn the truck andnot going straight. The more gas I give it the worse it vibirates. Thanks for any advice.
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Jsteele211
December 10, 2008.




TICKING AND / OR KNOCKING NOISE / STARTUP RATTLE FROM ENGINE - 4.6L / 5.4L 3V
TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN
Reference Number(s): 06-19-8, Date of Issue: October 2, 2006
FORD: 2005 Mustang; 2004-2005 F-150; 2005 Expedition, F-250, F-350
LINCOLN: 2005 Navigator
Superceded Bulletin(s): 06-4-7, Date of Issue: March 6, 2006
Related Ref Number(s): 05-15-8, 06-19-8, 06-4-7
ARTICLE BEGINNING
ISSUE
NOTE: This article supersedes TSB 06-4-7 to update the Service Procedure.

Some vehicles equipped with a 4.6L 3-valve or 5.4L 3-valve engine may exhibit a ticking and / or knocking noise after reaching normal operating temperature, or a rattle upon starting. The noise may be described as ticks, taps, knocks, or thumps. In some cases the noise may be a normal characteristic of these engines. In other cases the noise may require further investigation. Sorting out and defining the noise as reported by the customer is important to successfully diagnose and / or repair the condition.
ACTION
Before starting diagnosis, it is critical to determine the specific engine noise the customer is concerned with. The customer should be interviewed to get their detailed perception and description of the noise, and to determine if the noise occurs at idle or above idle speed, and if the engine is cold, hot, or both. Attempt to duplicate the noise, and determine the source of the symptom. Refer to the following Service Procedure to help determine the source of the noise and if a repair is needed.
SERVICE PROCEDURE
NOTE: READ THIS SECTION IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE BEGINNING.

NOTE: THE 4.6L 3V AND 5.4L 3V ENGINES ARE INSTALLED IN SEVERAL VEHICLE PLATFORMS, WHICH MAY INFLUENCE THE INTENSITY OF NOISE DUE TO VEHICLE DIFFERENCES IN SOUND TRANSMISSION PATHS, HOOD AND BODY INSULATION PACKAGES, AND ROOT CAUSE OF THE COMPONENT(S) CAUSING THE NOISE.

PRE-CHECKS
Make sure you have a detailed description of the noise the customer is concerned with, including whether the noise is occurring at idle or above idle speed (does it disappear above 1200 RPM), and if the engine is cold, hot, or both when the noise is occurring. These engines generate a lot of " normal" noises, so it is critical to confirm the noise the customer is concerned with. Determine what environment the customer is in when the noise is most noticeable to them (inside passenger compartment, next to building with / without the driver and / or passenger window open, or beside the wheel well). Validate by using your own perception.
Compare the noise generated with a new vehicle, if available, with an ENGINE build date of 3/30/2005 or later on Mustang and 4/18/2005 or later on F-150 to F-350, Expedition and Navigator vehicles.
Diagnose noise when engine is at normal operating temperature (Oil at 160 ° F (71 ° C) or above). Verify oil temperature by using a diagnostic scan tool and monitoring the engine oil temperature (EOT) PID. Startup rattle may only occur with cold oil.
Check the type of oil filter installed on the vehicle. A dirty or clogged filter may cause a pressure drop. Look for aftermarket brands not recognized in the market or a production filter that has gone beyond the standard Ford recommended change interval.
Check for signs of oil brand used and viscosity (interview customer if needed). Motorcraft(R) SAE 5W-20 Premium Synthetic Blend Motor Oil or equivalent is recommended.
Once the above pre-checks are complete, check for sound level from the following components, in the order listed. Compare the sound from these components to the noise the customer is concerned with, to determine the source of the noise.
INJECTION / FUEL SYSTEM
Injector noise (ticking) is considered normal. Noise increases with RPM hot or cold and is recognized at the top of the engine.
VALVE TRAIN
Lash adjusters can make a ticking / tapping noise noticeable at any engine RPM / temperature and is audible through the wheel well or an open hood. However, with the hood down, lash adjuster noise can be heard as a light tapping noise through the wheel well and is considered normal.
Tracing this noise must be isolated to a cylinder bank. If one bank is louder than the other bank, focus the diagnostic to the loud bank. If both banks seem loud with the hood down, compare wheel well sound level to another comparable vehicle.
Use a stethoscope on the top of the cam cover bolt heads to confirm which bank is affected. Move the probe from front to rear if necessary.
If isolated, only replace the intake and exhaust lifters on the affected cylinder bank.
VARIABLE CAM TIMING
The 4.6L 3V and 5.4L 3V variable cam timing (VCT) feature may emit a light knock in normal operation and is audible only at idle speed, with a hot engine (gear selector in park / neutral). However, it may be masked by or mistaken for other noises generated from either injector firing or a malfunctioning valve train as described above. The noise does not affect performance or durability of the part.
VCT phasers may knock at hot idle. It may be heard inside the passenger compartment, or the wheel well area. Some light noise is normal. The engine may require a cold soak overnight for a full diagnosis to effectively be made at hot idle, particularly when a VCT phaser is suspected. The knock is not prevalent at cold temperature.
To test for VCT noise: Place the transmission in park or neutral
Bring engine oil temperature to 160 ° F (71 ° C) or above as indicated by the scan tool " EOT" PID.
Allow engine to idle, and determine if noise is noticeable.
Set engine speed to over 1200 RPM (if noise is a VCT knock, the noise should disappear).
Return engine speed to idle (verify knock returns).
If the noise intensity is more than a lightly audible knock at hot idle under 1200 RPM at engine operating temperature, replace the cam phaser using the " In-Vehicle Repair" Camshaft Phaser and Sprocket procedure found in the Workshop Manual, Section 303-01
START UP RATTLE
Some 2004 F-150 and 2005 F-150, Expedition, Navigator, F-Super Duty, and Mustang vehicles may have a rattle on startup that lasts 1 to 3 seconds. If initial pre-checks have been completed and the noise sounds like it is coming from the front of the engine, replace the VCT Phaser Kit. If the engine continues to make the rattle noise after the initial startup do not exchange VCT.

LIMITED SLIP AXLE CHATTER, SHUDDER, BINDING SENSATION, OR VIBRATION DURING LOW SPEED TURNING MANEUVERS
TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN
Reference Number(s): 06-4-4, Date of Issue: March 6, 2006
FORD: 2002-2004 Mustang, Explorer; 2003-2004 Expedition; 2004 F-150
LINCOLN: 2003 Navigator
MERCURY: 2002-2004 Mountaineer
Superceded Bulletin(s): 06-2-16, Date of Issue: February 6, 2006, 04-24-20, Date of Issue: December 13, 2004
Related Ref Number(s): 03-19-8, 04-17-5, 04-24-20, 06-2-16, 06-4-4
ARTICLE BEGINNING
ISSUE
NOTE: This article supersedes TSB 06-2-16 to update the Service Procedure.

Some 2003-2004 Expedition, 2003 Navigator, 2004 F-150 vehicles equipped with a 9.75" or 8.8" limited slip rear axle, and 2002-2004 Explorer 4dr, Mountaineer, and Mustang vehicles equipped with 8.8" limited slip rear axle, may exhibit a chatter, shudder, a binding sensation, or a vibration during low speed turns. On 4X4 vehicles, the sensation may appear to be originating from the front axle or the steering gear.
ACTION
First verify the condition. On 4X4 trucks ensure that the vehicle is in 2WD, to isolate the rear axle. On all vehicles, turn the wheel fully right (or fully left) and then accelerate the vehicle. If the condition is verified to be in the rear axle, replace the limited slip clutch pack

Dave H
Dec 10, 2008.


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