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Unread 03-23-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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1990 4.2 tick

I've been having issues with a very elusive tick coming from my engine. it ticks sporadically at idle and consistently under load. I've pulled the water pump, checked the fins and bearings, and that wasn't the issue. i pulled the harmonic ballancer and timing cover to check that it wasn't an issue with the timing chain, it wasn't. as i was putting everything back on, i noticed the negative battery cable to the block was not tightened down all the way. could this cause a ticking sound?

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Unread 03-23-2013, 08:39 PM   #2
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It could be if its arcing. If you're sure its on that side of the block and not an exhaust leak. Also check your spark plug boots. The insulation can wear out on cheap wires and jump through the boot to your head. If you check at night, in the dark, you'll see sparks.
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Unread 03-23-2013, 08:47 PM   #3
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the plug wires are brand new and so are the plugs. ill tighten down the bolt to the block and see if that changes anything
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Unread 04-04-2013, 10:29 PM   #4
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Any luck? I'm fighting a similar demon. Drive shaft u-joints?
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Unread 04-05-2013, 04:33 AM   #5
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Check everything even if it doesn't seem like it has anything to do with your problem.

I had noises from the rear every time I took off or shifted. I thought well differential or u-joints. Turned out the u-bolts on the leaf springs wiggled loose, quickly tightened them up and the noise went away.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 06:16 AM   #6
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try to pin point the noise with a piece of garden hose or mech stethyscope. I had one that about drove me crazy finding, turned out to be the power steering belt.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 12:02 AM   #7
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I've narrowed it down to the transmission. I've gotten my hands on a new to me ax15 that ill be rebuilding to swap the old one out. if you've had you're clutch off recently make sure you've put it on the right direction, I've heard if its on backwards the springs will catch the bolts on the fly wheel and create such a ticking noise.
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