Engine ticking sound

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CHARLES420
  • 2006 FORD FOCUS
  • 56,000 MILES

My car is an automatic. When I press on the gas pedal it makes a ticking sound, the more I press the louder it gets. When the car stops or even in park everything is fine, and feels like a new car. I have changed timing chain oil pump chain, guards, gaskets, valve seals, spark plugs and it will not stop the noise. I have not found a mechanic that could find the problem. Please help me. Thank you.

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Friday, May 18th, 2012 AT 6:39 PM

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Tiny
FIXITMR
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Does it tick louder when under driving acceleration vs idle revving or the same?

To me it sounds like the flex plate is broken between the transmission and engine. If the noise is coming from there that's my bet, we did one in the shop not too long ago but it was fully broken a cracked one will tick like that.

Here is a guide to show you what you are in for when removing the transmission to confirm the problem.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/transmission-replacement-removal-manual

You will need to jack the car up safely and disconnect the battery.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-car-battery

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/jack-up-and-lift-your-car-safely

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replace-cv-axle

Here are diagrams of what it will be like on your car (below)

Please let us know what happens so it will help others.

Cheers

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Friday, May 18th, 2012 AT 6:49 PM
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CHARLES420
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No mechanic has been able to find the problem. Then I came across this site and wouldn't you know it, you guys NAILED it. You should have seen the mechanics faces when I told them what was wrong, and then when then found the broken flex plate. Lol it was great. Provo!

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Sunday, May 20th, 2012 AT 12:26 AM
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I was going to say If you pop the hood and listen does it sound like it is at the top end of the engine?

If so, could be a dirty tappet, not working correctly (sealing when it should). Easiest way to try to fix this issue is:

Next oil change substitute one quart of marvel mystery oil, for a normal quart of oil you would normally put in (not add a quart, and be overfilled by a quart!). While you are driving, "marvel mystery oil", may clean it up, "marvel mystery oil" can be left in, until next change or you can run a new batch, read the bottle!

If you get it to quiet down, you might do what I do, I use oil stabilizer every oil change in my 1977 Jeep CJ 5. I drive it almost every day, and I rebuilt the engine in 1996, it is still going strong. (I did not use the stabilizer until my fourth oil change, I wanted to insure my cylinders were broke in well at about 12,000 miles)

I have not had to use it in my present CJ 5. I have had five other CJ 5's prior to this one, the marvel mystery oil, helped with several of them. I had one that would not stop, I used a little more drastic measure with it, by installing a push rod a few thousandths longer than the one that was pushing on the one that was doing the "tapping". That sorta just re-positioned the plunger inside the tappet and it began "sealing" as it should, and the tapping ceased.

It is also possible that the only way to fix this issue might be to replace the lifter (tappet), if this indeed is what is making your racket.

Glad you could get it fixed, that kind of problem can be tough. Please use 2CarPros anytime we are here to help

Cheers

The medic

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Sunday, May 20th, 2012 AT 4:09 AM
Tiny
JOHNNY748
  • 2005 FORD FOCUS

Engine Mechanical problem
2005 Ford Focus 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 88000 miles

Greetings,

My 05 Focus has been making a ticking sound that seems to go with the engine RPM's. It still has good power and gas economy. I have added an aftermarket cold air kit and a full cat back exhaust system. Maybe valve lashing or a lifter problem?

What would be a fair cost to diagnose the problem in my state of California?

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

Best regards,
John Ouellette

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 AT 10:10 AM (Merged)
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2CARPROS KEN
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It sounds like the engine oil has broken down or the oil level is low either way I would start by changing the oil and going to a heavier weight.

Here is a guide the should help you get the problem fixed.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-change-engine-oil-and-filter

Please let us know what happens.

Cheers, Ken

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