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Old 06-11-2008, 12:29 PM
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(previously posted to wrong section of board)I have a98 VDP with 132,000 miles. I havea ticking sound from the engine upon a cold start up or when the car has been sitting for a few hours. I took my car into the shop for another issue (mysterious disappearing coolant). The mechanic advised me that the ticking could be a fractured tensioner and showed me an oem first generation with crack. He said that it will cost about $800 for him to take off the valve covers and inspect the tensioner and if the tensioner is bad then it will be about $1,200 to fix.

I purchased the car a few years ago with 110, 000 miles. Got a clean bill of health from the sameshop, but different mechanic. Oddly, when I took it in for inspection prior to purchase I asked about the tensioner. The person then said that with so many miles, the tensioner has probably been already replaced. The first mechanic was correct. I took off the covers this weekend. The tensioners are metal with the plastic glides. I did not see any cracks on the base or wearing of the plastic glides.

If it is not the tensioners, what else should I look for. The car runs great and at this point, I do not what topay $800 dollars for the mechanic to tell me that the tensioners are fine. Can it be the programming on the ECM?

Thanks in advance.
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did you take both cam covers off? also primary tensioners..go as well.. is the nosie always there or just couple seconds.. ?if noise all the timeis it a belt noise? put a pic up..
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So many things could be the culprit. After that many miles it could be anything in the motor that needs oiling and after a few seconds at starup the part that is ticking gets enough oil pressure and stops.
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Default RE: engine ticking sound upon cold start

i would start by doing a complete oil change , you will then know you have the correct grade of oil in the car, which is 5w30 , at least here in the UK for the car,

and it wont do any harm,

old/dirty or too thick an oil may take a little time to get up to the top galleries, and could contribute to top end noise...

you have already seen that the newer metal upper tensioners are installed, so i wouldnt worry too much about that side of things, if you have an engine with the top mounted VVT solenoids ( 4ltr cars only ), these can chatter before getting lubricated

injectors are also known to get noisy as the miles pile on....

just a thought

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