Ticking noise all the rime

Asked by Jan 08, 2017 at 04:49 AM about the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Quad Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

03 ram 1500, 4.7L. constant
ticking noise. Replaced
timing chain tensioners, all
16 lifters/lash adjusters, had
both cylinder heads redone
by machine shop,
completely disassembled
engine to check for cause.
Completely rebuilt the
engine with new rings, main
and rod bearings, new oil
pump, new exhaust
manifold gaskets as well as
all other necessary gaskets.
Reassembled engine, used
quality oil filter and regular
5w-30 oil, then tried full
synthetic oil. Tick wont go
away. Have read every bit of
info I can find but cant find
solution. Ready to pull out
remaining hair on my head.
Please help.

2 Answers

67,955

Looks like a common problem. Have you tried to use an engine stethoscope or long handle screwdriver to listen and try to isolate where the noise is coming from? Did you examine the piston wrist pins for excessive clearance when it was apart? How many miles on this engine?

26,365

What an amazing story! This wins my story of the day award- that is a lot of work to get rid of an annoying problem- which has been in old American V8s with hydraulic lifters since day one- what can you do now that you have rebuilt the whole engine? I know what I would do- get rid of that 21st Century pick up and find a '60s Chevy with a six cylinder and a carb- voila! no more ticking-

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