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Hey guys, this is my 1994 Ford Escort LX 1.9l Turbo


It started this ticking noise probably 2 weeks to a month after we turbocharged it and has made this noise ever since. (Turbocharged April 2nd) and it is August 6th today.

It has been making this sound ever since then but has not really gotten any worse or better and I don't think, if I recall, that it has really done anything to the performance of the car.

It is a little bit louder at start up say... in the morning rather than in the afternoon after the car has been driven, so its kinda like the longer that it sits without running the louder the noise, or maybe something else, is at startup. It maybe does get a little bit quieter after being driven around but the sound is still there at idle and does not go away even when I am driving.

The last two time I changed oil was Dec 5 09 at about 130,000 miles and June 24 10 at about 135,133 miles, which I know yes is about 2,000 overdue. Each time I have changed the oil I have used Motorcraft Oil 10-w 30 and a Motorcraft Oil filter.

Oil level checked every time, even though I know it burns through the turbo, bad journal bearing, never seems to go down to much but always checked and filled to full.

As long as I have owned the car, even before turbocharged, I have never ran it past 4,500 rpms, just incase that could be a factor too.

Never ran any additives or cleaners to the motor.

I don't know if its a lifter, a vavle seat, ticking injector, etc. As you have seen in the video, I do have a new valve cover gasket, and would plan on going to a local jy tommorow if anyone would have any advice on what the sound could be coming from. Thanks in advance and would take any comments or questions you have into consideration...
 

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Justin, sounds like lifter tick to me. Could pull the valve cover off and see if you see anything obvious. Careful you dont strip or break one of the 3 bolts holding it on when you put it back, they dont like a lot of torque, and make sure the gasket seats right, I took mine off once, and it didn't and it got kinda toasty and smoky under there real fast!!
 

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K thanks. Did that today and didn't really find much. Took off the valve cover and tried moving somethings around, rockers, all seemed pretty snug except for the 4 cylinder exhuast valve rocker. I was able to slide it a tiny bit from left to right so I took that one out cleaned it and looked at it, didn't seem to have to much wear, and oiled it and reinstalled the way it was I took it out. I tried pushing on each lifter (pushing down on rocker side with lifter underneath) and I don't think that I could move at least one of them in. So I then re-oiled the valve cover gasket that was in it previously in and put it back on and repositioned. UNFORTUNATELY I did infact snap a valve cover bolt just about flush inside the head (where the threads are) The one furthest to the right, still sitting in there now. I was luckily able to get the left one and middle bolt tight enough to get the gasket tight so thats what is holding down right now and luckily doesn't leak. Wanna try to get to the junkyard possibly Saturday and try to maybe get those bolts and maybe a lifter if its any good.
So after that adventure tommorow I might try to find a tool to reverse screw that bolt out. Other than that after starting it still made the noise and sounds like its coming from the intake side of the engine somewhere either towards the middle or front.
 
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