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#1 (permalink) Old 04-16-2013, 10:19 PM
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Clicking/Ticking Sound

My 3 week old '13 RT has a clicking or ticking sound that varies with engine speed. Been there since the begining. I bought it through a broker so I never took it for a test drive or I would have asked about it. Anyone else experiencing this and have any idea what it is? Thanks.
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This is more than likely the "Hemi Tick". It's normal, and you'll especially hear it in colder weather and cold start.


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You're going to get responses all over the place. If you search (and even google) for 'Hemi Tick' you'll get an idea what I'm talking about. My 2013 R/T does it too and did it from day one. It seems to get better, but certainly did not disappear when I switched to Mobil 1 (synthetic), which I did at 500 miles (I now have over 5,500). The racket also seems to get lower as the car gets older and comes and goes for no apparent reason. It's audible below 2,000-2,500 RPM, while driving, and is RPM-dependent. Too loud for injectors. As for that 'all Hemis' do it line you'll get, my Charger didn't. At all.
Your guess is as good as mine, unfortunately. Planning to put my mechanic on the case, but I'd rather not do what some did: have the car opened up to replace the lifters and still get the ticking.
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Yes, my first thought was that it sounds like solid lifters that need adjusting which can't be the case. Second thought was low oil but I was wrong about that. Though I'm glad to hear its not unique to my ride I'm a little frustrated by it.
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I think it's a case of tolerance stacking, which would explain why some do and some don't while all seem OK. I'm still going to have this checked, and not by a Dodge tech (they all repeat the same party line that it's normal).
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Get one of those mechanic stethoscopes. Sometimes the ticking is from the injectors.
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I've never heard anything on mine but then maybe I've got the radio cranked too loud

I've seen posts saying switching to synthetic oil will help lessen the tick.

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It's the normal valve train noise. Was even louder on my SRT-10 V10. Nothing is wrong or broken and it doesn't hurt anything. When you hear it just imagine all of those lifters and pushrods in there working hard so that you can have a silly grin on your face. If it bothers you, get a good catback exhaust so you listen to engine music instead of the valve train. Thankfully it isn't going to ever sound like a Buick!

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I think:

1) It's the injectors or the valve train ( normal). Mine does it and high end cars my friends have do it too.

2) Phil really hates Buicks.
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I think:

1) It's the injectors or the valve train ( normal). Mine does it and high end cars my friends have do it too.

2) Phil really hates Buicks.
Hate may be too strong a word. Just glad I don't have to drive one (Grand National excepted).
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