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

  • Tiny
  • RAAndrews
  • 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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Thursday, June 14th, 2012 AT 11:38 AM

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  • Tiny
  • Rasmataz
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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

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012 AT 11:59 AM
  • Tiny
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K and what about lifters

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012 AT 12:07 PM
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You can never be sure about a lifter noise without disassembling things and inspecting and even then it may not be obvious.

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012 AT 1:17 PM
  • Tiny
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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

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012 AT 6:45 PM

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