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Old 08-07-2014, 12:13 PM   #1
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Did my second oil change couple days ago at 12k. Same oil and filter like last time(mobil 1 full sythn & motorcraft filter). Yesterday while car was in garage i noticed ticking. Ticking is on and off randomnly while the hvac is off but soon as ac is turn on tick seems to be more frequent. I freaked out and searched online and read hundred of threads. It seems theres thounsands of others out there who has the same tick. Most were dismissed by dealer while few had their part/engine replaced.

Many owners had tick within first 1k miles and engine still runs great but some who are persistent with the dealer later found out to be cylinder scoring, long/short block, tensioner, cam phaser...etc but theres also who had this part replaced but still ticks. It seems the only solution is to replace the entire engine. Then again it still might tick.

Im really getting sick of my car popping up with problems this early in its lifespan. First was the rear axle leak then 2 pinion seal leak, front control arm, passenger rear caliber. Not to mention new noises thats poping up in my car like driver seat squeaks randomly, rear caliber squeak sometimes in reverse, auto shifter squeak. This might be my first and last ford. This is unacceptable and it seems from forums this tick has been around at least 4 years now including the trucks.

I love the car when its problem free but these problems is starting to get to me. I was going to get a roush exhaust this week but im having second thoughts.
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Old 08-07-2014, 01:50 PM   #2
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Did you read if there were any negative effects due to this ticking?
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:14 PM   #3
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15,000 in my 2014 GT. No ticks, squeaks, knocks, rattles or issues of any kind.

Motorcraft Synthetic. Motorcraft filter. Are you using the proper weight oil? Oil too thick could starve a lifter and cause some ticking. Should go away after getting warmed up good.
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Did you read if there were any negative effects due to this ticking?
Never once i saw a post about it damage the engine rather just tick reported.

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15,000 in my 2014 GT. No ticks, squeaks, knocks, rattles or issues of any kind.

Motorcraft Synthetic. Motorcraft filter. Are you using the proper weight oil? Oil too thick could starve a lifter and cause some ticking. Should go away after getting warmed up good.
You can check by letting your car idle or drive 1-5mph or have the ac on it seem to tick more frequently.

I used 5w20 like the engine suggest. I dont play around with oil weight.
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Never once i saw a post about it damage the engine rather just tick reported.



You can check by letting your car idle or drive 1-5mph or have the ac on it seem to tick more frequently.

I used 5w20 like the engine suggest. I dont play around with oil weight.

So I guess my question is, is it worth getting upset about?
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So I guess my question is, is it worth getting upset about?
YES, engines are not suppose to sound like that. This has been on going problem and some still tick after engine replaced. It also seems which part thats causing the tick is not certain. Many had different parts replaced, some tick went away and some didnt. Im already putting up with alot of noises and issues. I dont need my engine to act up now.
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I totally get your frustration with your car...but...if you haven't modded your motor with a tune or anything...worse case...it's an incovience to replace your motor and not money out of your pocket. Should be covered under warranty.
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I totally get your frustration with your car...but...if you haven't modded your motor with a tune or anything...worse case...it's an incovience to replace your motor and not money out of your pocket. Should be covered under warranty.
True, thats also what im thinking but its still frustrating for a new car to have some much annoying problems. I was hoping to hear from people who has more mileage than me who also had tick since new to chime on.
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Is it a ticking like lifters or a knocking like detonation. It could be a something with the AC pulley and bearings as well.... considering you notice it more when the AC is on. Check the charge level on the AC system. Its a closed system but lets be realistic...they still can leak or may not have the proper charge from the factory. Eliminate that as the cause since it seems to be more pronounced there.... then consider other extremes if that's not it. The Warranty at this point is on your side.

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Do the 5.0's have the same issues with the injector tick like the 4.6L? The 4.6 is notorious for ticking, some worse than others.
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Do the 5.0's have the same issues with the injector tick like the 4.6L? The 4.6 is notorious for ticking, some worse than others.
Injector tick and the engine tick are different. Injector tick is normal but that other tick that you can search on youtube isnt.
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Did my second oil change couple days ago at 12k.
Can I ask WHY.

Is it so hard to follow the Ford maintanence manual. 7500 mile intervals and that is using conventional oil. Synthetic is good for at least 10K miles maybe 15K with filter changes in between.
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Can I ask WHY.

Is it so hard to follow the Ford maintanence manual. 7500 mile intervals and that is using conventional oil. Synthetic is good for at least 10K miles maybe 15K with filter changes in between.
.........because i dont drive much, i put about 6k miles per year. You suppose to change your oil every 12 month or recommanded oil change mile which ever come first. Its ignorant to say why not just stick to conventional oil or that 7.5k interval btw its 10k actually for 13's i believe.

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They are synthetic blend from the factory, not conventional.
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They are synthetic blend from the factory, not conventional.


Conventional is good for about 3k-4k miles only. Blend about 7k (Ford says 7.5k). And full syn, I'm in the 10k miles group and have gone 12k with no concern. But there are those that are taking full syn to 15k and beyond.
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I get Castrol Syn for free, so I'm not as frugal with it.
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check for a tsp. i read one where if you remove your ac belt and run the motor it may not make the ticking noise. tsb says to install a factory tensioner kit.
Removing the ac belt requires cutting it off. its a stretch belt and they suck.

as far as oil changes, Ford Motorcraft 5w 50 for me (track pack) every 5k miles.

oil changes are cheap insurance. id rather spend the money frequently changing my oil then spend the money on a new motor.
thats my point of view. I've taken so many engines apart and they are full of sludge buildup from people not changing their oil frequently enough
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check for a tsp. i read one where if you remove your ac belt and run the motor it may not make the ticking noise. tsb says to install a factory tensioner kit.
Removing the ac belt requires cutting it off. its a stretch belt and they suck.

as far as oil changes, Ford Motorcraft 5w 50 for me (track pack) every 5k miles.

oil changes are cheap insurance. id rather spend the money frequently changing my oil then spend the money on a new motor.
thats my point of view. I've taken so many engines apart and they are full of sludge buildup from people not changing their oil frequently enough
I have seen that tsb its 12-8-14. But its for 11-12 mustang and should it tick even with ac off?

btw i saw a new owner on utube got his tick fixed by dealer retorqing his cam, seems theres no direct cause of this tick. Everyone tick solution seems different.

I feel the same way about oil change but apparently PNYXPRESS think thats my problem lol.

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'13 GT here, MT82, Brembos, 3.73's. Still stock. 22k miles on it with no mechanical issues whatsoever, I broke it in easy for the first 1,000-1,500 miles but after that I pretty much let it warm up and then drive it hard every single time I get in the car. Valvetrain is a little loud when you pop the hood and listen to it idle, like pretty much all DOHC engines, but it sounds very consistent and exactly the same as it did brand new, no random loud ticking that stands out.

Can you tell exactly what part of the engine the ticking is coming from? It's important to note if it's coming from one particular cylinder bank, or from the face of the engine itself.

I had a previous 5.0 before my 2013 and it had a few problems. Very very loud & violent sounding vibration in the rear of the car above 100 mph, it made the entire rear window vibrate, the noise was much louder than stock exhaust or even most aftermarket axlebacks I've heard, and still to this day I suspect they forgot some sort of rubber seal behind the middle brake light on the trunk. I packed/taped foam rubber behind it, between the back of the light and the body, and also Styrofoam and it helped until about 120 mph and then it started vibrating again. Just a quality issue, the car was probably finished as a workday was letting out.

The car also ticked after a while, in my case it was a timing chain tensioner issue. That's mass production, I was really irritated about it at first but you have to understand, these things happen. It's important not to take it personally or anything. Most issues with these cars are very simple, and if you car runs/drives correctly & safely and has the same performance it did when you bought it, be patient and visit the service department, or even multiple Ford service departments, until the issue is resolved.
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*update*
Just as i expected when i dropped it off at the dealer today, service manager told me everyrthing was fine and the tick is normal. He also mentioned i was not the only one, he has seen many 2011+ mustangs coming in with the tick.
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