Engine ticking noise


Asked by Jul 16, 2016 at 11:45 AM about the 2001 Ford Ranger 2 Dr XL Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I ran my 2001 ford ranger  (245,000 miles) without
a problem oil changes every 5,000 miles i started
smelling burnt oil and within a week it started
making a load clanking noise i got it to a gas
station and they put almost 4 quarts of oil in it and
that made it quiter but it's still there I know a shop
will have to fix it but being a woman I would like a
little help so I am not taken advantage of

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Before getting engine worked on try this may or may not work but it is worth a try. Add some Lucas Engine Oil Stablizer to oil and let idle until tapping goes away. When it worked for me let idle for 45 minutes to a hour before tap went away. Do not over fill remove some oil if necessary before adding Lucas.

Bob Beaman

Magic in a can or bottle is not likely to fix it. If you had to add 4 quarts of oil to the engine and it is still making noise it will likely be an expensive repair. Burning oil smell was an oil leak and if you would have checked the oil.......learn where the dipstick is located and how to use it to avoid this in the future. Best of luck with it.

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UPDATE I drove to a shop they said I lost oil because of bad rear main seal. He said I would need to rebuild or replace the engine. Does this sound right

Bob Beaman

Hard to say what the damage is until it is taken apart. 245,000 miles was pretty good service. Is the engine noise a tapping or knocking sound? Is the engine the 4 cyl or the V-6?


When it first happened it was aloud clanking noise with a loss of power now it is just a lite ticking sound and power has returned it is a 2001ford ranger 3.0 v6

Bob Beaman

Slight ticking, I would try "Firebird" suggestion of using an oil additive. Keep us posted.


Thank you very much for your comments and suggestions Bob and firebird 338


If your engine is ticking it is because of either your engine is combustion outside its envelope of normal combustion front that the precise firing of the spark plugs and fuel injectors is off so your Pistons are firing wrong which is making it combust and making shockwaves that in turn are making your cylinder pressure increase dramatically your engine is no good because this is not fixable unless you get it rebuilt. But driving it as is will destroy the engine and cause detonation of the engine.


So I would advise you to get an new engine or have it rebuilt because this issue is not going to go away

Bob Beaman

@Kabba45, the engine is ticking due to either a bad rod bearing or more likely something in the valve train was damaged by lack of oil. It has NOTHING to due with combustion. If it is just a collapsed lifter that actually has no damage the noise may go away. Using an oil treatment may or may not help this.

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