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I tried to pinpoint where the sound was coming from (hoping it was just something like an alternator), but it seems to be coming from the bottom of the engine bay - either engine itself, trans or maybe even AWD-related component? Is the trans really even "doing" anything when the car is in park - is there anything "turning" that could cause a whine/groan?

To me, that just doesn't sound "healthy". But if "they all do it", then "it is what it is", I guess.... I'll definitely bring it up when I take the car in for a few other minor things, but I would have to leave the car overnight for them to hear it.
 

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My 2016 SXT has same start-up whine.
Has it always made that sound? I do think that the sound is "amplified" a bit because the car is in a garage when the recording was made. Might not be so obvious if the car was parked outside in the open when I start it.
 

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Has it always made that sound? I do think that the sound is "amplified" a bit because the car is in a garage when the recording was made. Might not be so obvious if the car was parked outside in the open when I start it.
I’m not sure if the sound was always there. Just noticed it this winter while walking out to the car after remote start.
The ‘19 I picked up yesterday does not have the noise (yet....).
 

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Jtrosky. its 33 degrees here and I just went outside and started my car. Sounds just like yours. The noise reminds of the sound of an hydraulic power steering pump that is low on fluid. I think that is a normal sound.
 

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Ok, thank you - at least it sounds like it's a "normal" sound then... Sure seems to be a lot of strange, but "normal" sounds with this car (tick when cold, groan at cold-start, strange electronic-like noise when washing the car, etc)! :)

Does anyone else hate that there is no trans fluid dipstick??? I mean, I get it, the fluid level *shouldn't* change unless there is a leak - and it needs be checked when the fluid is at a certain temperature, etc, but damn, I'd still rather to be able to check it on my own! For all I know, the trans fluid is low, for whatever reason (underfilled at factory, it's leaks while driving the car but not while idling, etc). Hate they they take this "basic" stuff away from us... The fluid-level-check is so complicated, I'm almost afraid to have the dealership check it...

Another "strange" sound that I've noticed is that my HVAC actuators seems to make a noise every 5-10 seconds (can hear it when the radio is not on and sitting at idle) - at least I *think* it's an HVAC actuator - mainly coming from the dash right in front of the driver. Almost sounds like something is "stuck" and it constantly tries to adjust itself. Then again, I have a feeling this may be "normal" too. :) It's on my list of things to have the dealership check...
 

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Does anyone else hate that there is no trans fluid dipstick??? I mean, I get it, the fluid level *shouldn't* change unless there is a leak - and it needs be checked when the fluid is at a certain temperature, etc, but damn, I'd still rather to be able to check it on my own! For all I know, the trans fluid is low, for whatever reason (underfilled at factory, it's leaks while driving the car but not while idling, etc). Hate they they take this "basic" stuff away from us... The fluid-level-check is so complicated, I'm almost afraid to have the dealership check it...

Another "strange" sound that I've noticed is that my HVAC actuators seems to make a noise every 5-10 seconds (can hear it when the radio is not on and sitting at idle) - at least I *think* it's an HVAC actuator - mainly coming from the dash right in front of the driver. Almost sounds like something is "stuck" and it constantly tries to adjust itself. Then again, I have a feeling this may be "normal" too. :) It's on my list of things to have the dealership check...
I bought one of the first 2005 Mustangs built, just because I loved that retro look. It was my first experience with not being able to check the transmission fluid. Not only would it be nice to see if the fluid level is low, but if it isn't nice and red, then you know something is wrong.

When you talk about these strange sounds, is your heater or AC on? Do you have the right and left side set at the same temperature? I just know it's common to turn the car off, and a few minutes later hear the actuators still moving.
 

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Yes, it's usually on "Auto", but still, it's adjusting the same thing over and over and over at the exact same intervals (5-10 seconds) - even when driver and passenger are "sync'd". Makes no sense that it would need to be constantly adjusting something *that* often and at the exact same interval. At least not to me.. :)
 

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My 2016 SXT has same start-up whine.
Hello Harbor,

As I've mentioned to others on the thread, let us know if you decide to work with the dealer. We're available via direct message and can escalate your inquiry to a case specialist for further handling.

Jasmine
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Warm weather has arrived car still has lifter noise in 2 wheel drive. Appears to now be somewhat intermittent. Took the car to the dealer but unfortunately it started raining hard and ticking noise could not be heard when driving. Dealer checked exhaust and says there is no leak. In my mind this is definitely lifter noise and at times they are now noisier than ever even when engine is fully warmed up. Like before they only start ticking when you are driving and put a light load on the engine. Yesterday they started clacking louder than ever and I started driving towards the dealer to have them listen to it, but of course half way there they quieted right down. Very frustrating!
 

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Since new and now with 3,000 miles my 2019 3.6 Challenger has been making a strange noise that in my opinion sounds like noisy lifters or maybe an exhaust leak? Car is completely quiet at idle. Only time I can hear the noise is when driving slowly and slightly pressing the gas putting a light load on the engine. Noise is worse when cold but never completely goes away. My 2015 SXT never had this issue . I haven't yet been at the dealer but suspect they will tell me that it is normal. I switched to synthetic but that didn't help. Has anyone else had this issue? Thanks
2020 Challenger GT AWD, at 500 miles it started to make this exact noise under the same conditions, louder when the engine was not up to operating temp. Took it to the dealer, they thought it was a faulty purge valve, maybe a collapsed lash adjuster/lifter so they kept it overnight to test drive it when cold. When they called me to pick it up they said they could not reproduce the ticking, but replaced the purge valve because they thought it was defective.
However, the ticking persisted, sounding for all the world like a bad lifter that had trouble pumping up until warmed up. After doing a bunch of tinkering, it turned out to be the PCV valve on the rear of the right valve cover. I verified this by ordering a new one and replacing it, problem solved!
I thought I would share this to save others from a bunch of grief of replacing rockers and lash adjusters before trying something simple like this, strange at it may seem.
 

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Welcome to Challengertalk Elan ;) Thanks for posting what fixed yours, it may help others (y)

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I brought mine back 3 times to the dealer for this problem. Mechanics at this dealership must be deaf. On all occasions we took the car for a test ride and they said they couldn't hear any noises. I could clearly hear the valve train noise upon slight acceleration and have had several people comment when riding in my car that I have noisy lifters. I will try changing the pcv valve. Thanks for your input.
 

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I brought mine back 3 times to the dealer for this problem. Mechanics at this dealership must be deaf. On all occasions we took the car for a test ride and they said they couldn't hear any noises. I could clearly hear the valve train noise upon slight acceleration and have had several people comment when riding in my car that I have noisy lifters. I will try changing the pcv valve. Thanks for your input.
Unfortunately the PCV valve replacement "fix" only lasted a day, back to ticking again! Probably needed to sit overnight to get good and cold. In a way it almost seems vacuum related, at low speed, 1500-2000 RPM when opening the throttle valve, when you let off it stops. It is only when the car is in motion when it does this ticking, if I put a load on with the brakes applied it does not occur. I even jacked all four wheels off the ground and put it in drive, but then it made no ticking noise to try and track down. The sound lessens a lot after driving for 10-15 minutes. I put new exhaust gaskets in, no change. If I roll down a window you can't hear it, it is when the windows are up. Almost sounds like it is coming from the dash.

I eliminated the lash adjusters and rockers as the source, so this has me baffled. The car runs great otherwise, good gas mileage, plenty of power, love the ride and handling. Beautiful car, too bad it has this tick. It may be just something I will have to live with, but hopefully it does not get worse. The dealer said bring it back in before the warranty runs out if it worsens.
 
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