Ticking noise from engine at idle

Tiny
NATE123456
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  • 2003 HYUNDAI SONATA
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  • 196,000 MILES
There is a ticking noise coming from engine when at idle and it gets faster as I accelerate
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Thursday, July 16th, 2020 AT 2:58 PM

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Tiny
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Can you get a recording of this? It could be just the injectors clicking when they fire or it could be an engine ticking. If this is an engine noise then a ticking is most likely an upper end issue like a valve train or cam issue. However, here it will really help us figure out what this is. Thanks
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Thursday, July 16th, 2020 AT 3:02 PM
Tiny
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Had an oil change to weeks ago been doing it ever since.
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Thursday, July 16th, 2020 AT 4:01 PM
Tiny
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Okay. Do not run the engine any longer until we confirm a few things. If you just had an oil change done then we need to check the oil and make sure they put oil in it and enough.

Here is a guide that talks about how to check it towards the bottom if you are not sure:

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

No matter what we find, we need to take this back to who did the oil change ASAP and you need to tell them it has been doing this ever since. That is definitely an engine knock or tap. It sounds like the upper end but as I said, if this started just after the oil change then they are potentially responsible. The more time that goes by, the more opportunity they have to say they didn't cause it.

If I am correct, the engine may need to be replaced as that noise is caused by a bearing in the engine not having oil on it and it is metal to metal. That is why we cannot delay in getting this back to them because they would be responsible for replacing the engine if they caused it.

Let me know if you have questions.
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Thursday, July 16th, 2020 AT 5:41 PM
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Okay, thanks. The oil stick is showing that there is some on it. Is there somewhere else I should check?
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Thursday, July 16th, 2020 AT 6:03 PM
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Also, should I get another oil change but not with them?
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Thursday, July 16th, 2020 AT 6:05 PM
Tiny
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I don't have much doubt at all that this is an engine knocking. More then likely it is a bearing as it increases with the RPM. However, the other options are a wrist pin on the piston or an upper end noise. No matter what the engine needs to come apart to find it. The first things that we need to do is drain the oil and strain it to look for metal. Also, you can cut the filter apart and look for metal in there as well. Any metal and we have confirmed the engine is beginning to fail.

When you say there was some oil on there, how much was there? Also, you should have an oil pressure gauge in the cluster. Where is the needle positioned when the engine is on? It should be about half way up.

Again, no matter what we need to get it back to the people who changed the oil. If this happened just after that, then they need to correct what the issue was.
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Friday, July 17th, 2020 AT 5:13 PM

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