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4.0L has a bad tick?

Hey guys, just joined the site i think this is pretty bad ***! I'll be on here 24/7 now, anyways. I got me a 2002 4.0L Ranger and she runs great. I've put 170,000 miles on it and it's still runnin like a champp for me. Only thing is i have this really noticable tick coming from under my hood. I change my oil every 2500 miles so i don't think it's that but i dont know. If you could hel me out I'd sure appreciate it! Cody
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mine did this for a little bit mainly when i went out in a huge blizzard then everything thawed out and i can't hear it.

for some reason or another i feel like its the fan or a belt
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timing chain rattle? common on them when the guide wears out
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timing chain rattle? common on them when the guide wears out
well since i had the timing chain rattle 2 years ago i can def say it doesn't sound like a tick but instead metal on metal

timing chain rattle is pretty straight forward on what it sounds like and when it occurs
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idk i know some people who have had ticking in their engine and use a heavier oil like 10w 40 or something like that, and it stopped
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i had a ticking sound also and i saw that it was one BAD dist. plug wire was SPARKING between it and the air flow tube thats right next to dist...the tube must have metal in it i guess...anyway..if its rockers or valves...use 30 ...dont not to too thick of oil ( i know LOL )
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Well I heard from a couple guys that it may be my exhaust manifold gasket? I thought about putting different oil in, i've been using the synthetic valvoline oil, think i should maybe switch to something thicker? I dont want to go thrown something thicker in it and have her blow up on me lol
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just as long as its not ridiculous thick you should be good, my friends blazer has a bad flange and it sound like ticking, and he sill hasn't torqued down his manifold bolts yet
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Could also be a pulley like the idler pulley? Cheap part anyway, couldn't hurt to replace it. Check em and see if any of em wobble.
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Hey thanks guys i really apprecaite the help. So glad i found this site.
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Change your oil (for summer) to a 10w-20\30 oil fully synthetic, slightly thicker oil will coat things better but you MUST let your car\truck warm up a bit, because the oil is slightly thicker it takes a bit longer to get to the top of the block.


Let'er warm up and I bet that tick goes away for the most part. If that doesn't do it then add 1\3 cup of Lucas motor oil treatment
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So just curious, what happens one morning iim running late and in a hurry and i forget to warm my truck up first? Would it hurt my block bad?
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idk it depends if the oil pump can pump the thicker oil through enough
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I may get flamed for suggesting this but my 94 Ranger had a ticking sound and I thought it might be a lifter issue, so about 200 miles before it was due an oilchange I put a quart of ATF in the engine and drove it for a week with it in the engine and it quiettened down the noise and it has not returned so maybe I got lucky. My oil level was about 1/2 quart low when I added the ATF. Just a thought. Hard to know though without being there to hear the sound.
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