Engine ticking

Tiny
AZELIA69
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  • 1992 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 6 CYL
After driving through some deep water the engine of our 92 toyota camry is making a ticking noise wat is it
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Sunday, March 20th, 2011 AT 7:11 PM

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Tiny
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Not real easy to hear it over a computer. Have you opened the hood and looked around or listened? You might be hearing the serpentine belt. If that's the case, it will likely stop when it dries off. It could have also gotten knocked partially off a pulley and is starting to shred on the side. You would probably see pieces of it going around and hitting things.
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Sunday, March 20th, 2011 AT 8:01 PM
Tiny
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It's not a belt. It's been about a week or two since it started and it's in the engine where the lifters are.
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Sunday, March 20th, 2011 AT 8:33 PM
Tiny
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Hmm. I can't imagine how deep water would affect something inside the engine. If it is indeed a lifter / lash adjuster, you might be able to hear it louder if you listen near the removed oil cap, but watch for spraying oil. If the noise is coming from the valve train it will be perfectly steady and in rhythm with engine rotation and speed. There could also be wear and slop in the timing belt or a balance shaft chain and it is hitting the guide shoes or cover. That will usually sound more like marbles rolling around. If you have an overhead cam that uses hydraulic lash adjusters instead of lifters, they can develop tiny holes where they ride on the valve stems and let oil pressure leak down. That will cause a pretty loud but harmless click at idle and will often go away at higher engine speeds. That tick can get pretty loud. In my case it makes people in parking lots look and get out of the way for fear of falling parts, but it's been doing that for over ten years. Don't overlook the possibility of a sound shield or seal that got knocked off by the high water. Sometimes they are used just to keep normal noise from the passenger compartment.
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Sunday, March 20th, 2011 AT 10:13 PM

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