05 v6 Jeep Cherokee Laredo

Asked by Jan 15, 2015 at 07:31 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Makes a clunk when started and
continues to make a clicking noise
from behind the ear box near the
firewall on top of the engine idols at
500 RPMs and clicking speeds up
when revved up

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Speedo cable? (if it is, it can be oiled)

It has trouble running and when I put it in gear it starts to have a mild shake. Oil is good tranny is good motor light comes on its a clicking or tapping but it's not a metal on metal sound


My mistake, just so I understand then, the clicking is internal to the engine and not external as I previously understood you. If the ticking sounds like it's half the engine RPM it can be related to the valve train (and most likely a lifter, but those don't really "clunk") if it's equal to engine RPM it can be a timing chain or any number of bearings. It's something you'll have to pinpoint, either with a mechanic's stethoscope or a big screwdriver held to your ear (be careful around moving parts). If a "check engine" light flashes have the trouble code scanned at any parts shop (they all do it for free), that will give you a big clue as to the nature of the ticking sound.

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