Engine Loud ticking coming from coil pack

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  1. LEMental

    LEMental New Member

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    I had a problem the other day and my engine got very hot (the needle was at the H) Due to low coolant. That problem is a leak I cannot find, the engine oil is clear and the exhaust isnt white so I do not know where this coolant is going. I had a bit of red sludge near the radiator cap, but, it hasnt reappeared.

    The coil pack is now ticking VERY loudly and my engine is sputtering and missing. This only happens when the engine gets to operating temperature. Is this normal?

    No spark plug wires are loose and the spark plugs are tight.
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    cwol97401 FEOA Member

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    The coil pack is above the thermostat housing, right?

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    LEMental New Member

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    (Wrong reply)
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    LEMental New Member

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    Forgot to mention I have a 99 Ford Escort SE 4 door. The coil pack is right above the thermostat housing. Correct.
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    Can you move the coil from its mount and verify its the coil and not the thermostat? Or a valve?

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    I will try that. I dont think it is a valve as the ticking is a sparking ticking sound, like if you were to remove the wire from the coil pack and its arcing. The ticking also only manifests when the engine is hot. And the ticking is rapid. Would a thermostat rapidly tick? Did not know that.

    Anyway, it is dark here now, will have to wait til tomorrow to test it. Thanks for your help.
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    Coolant could be leaking into the automatic transmission cooler at the radiator.

    Get a compression test done on the engine, starting with #4 cylinder nearest the thermostat. Avoid running the engine. If it is a loose valve seat, it will self-destruct (shatter) very soon and severely damage the engine.

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