Hi all. Just registered here this morning. Glad to find this forum.
We bought a 2001 Malibu 2 days ago. A/C works great. smooth drive on the highway and I love the look of it. Has 145,250 km's on it.
Seems to run well, except a horrid ticking sound is making me crazy.
Not lifters, has overhead cams. Hopefully not pistons.
Any suggestions about the ticking ? It does not go away when the car warms up.
Any hints for what else to watch out for with this car? Or tips to keep other things from happening ?
If he's referring to piston slap (which is usually nothing to worry about), the noise should go away after it's warmed up. You can try Valvoline MaxLife (what I use in my ION, since it's over 100K). It'll help clean out the gunk and quiet things down, including the lifters. What I wouldn't do is any kind of motor flushing, despite some people swearing by it.
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