i have a 2000 dodge caravan that has a ticking sound in it. my first thought was a lifter as that is what it sounds like, but after some thought i think it could be the timing chain. just wondered if anyone had advice on this, the van has 155000 miles on it and the noise started all at once. it runs fine it just has the ticking noise. thanks in advance for any help or thoughts u may have.
could be a lifter, mine tick in the winter when its been a while since an oil change, i put in some marvel mystery oil to thin the oil a little and it went away.
Also another car had a loud tick all of a sudden and it was a spark plug wire that had worked loose. the ticking was the fire shooting to the plug from the connector inside the boot.
be careful of your vaccum hoses while doing the ole reach-around to check the plug connections on your chrysler engine. youll break them and have to pull the whole battery tray to fix it.
1996 Chrysler Town and Country LXi 3.8l 115,000
1997 Buick Regal 3.8l 99,588 (totalled )
1985 Buick riviera 5.0l 80,000
1972 Lincoln Mark IV 460ci 114,000
1989 Lincoln Town Car Signature 5.0 85,000
2000 Buick LeSabre 3.8l 94,000
These vans do not have an exhaust donut starting in 1996
Is is safe to assume you are not hearing the injectors or canister purge valve
Timing chain is not a 'ticking' noise, and I have yet to encounter a failure of the timing chaing on 3.3/3.8 engines even at 300,000+ miles
lifters are a common source. Also I've encountered many failures of oil feed to the rear head and many failures of the rear rocker arm shaft (not oil related but broken anchor point for the shaft always right by the alternator_
hey thanks guys i thought it could be a lifter thats what it sounds like to me. my dad had a nissan hardbody that developed a sound like a ticking sound and it was the timing chain thats why i thought i would ask.to me it sounds just like a ticking lifter and i just thought after finding this site i would ask here before i tore it down to see.thanks for the comments guys.