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Old 08-23-2012, 10:49 AM   #1
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I have the dreaded lifter ticking at cold start

My question is how serious is this issue? My dealer is over 45 miles away, and finding time away from work is difficult. So is it ok to wait a bit, or should I make it a priority to get the car to the dealer asap? Thanks
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:54 AM   #2
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Mine does it every once in a while.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:59 AM   #3
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Mine does it every morn..and afternoon on a cold start. I get 2 second tat tat tat tat loud enough to hear inside car. It stops after oil pressure gets up. About 2-3 seconds.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:01 AM   #4
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If tapping very loud when you start the the car, you should be worried.

But if ticking only then you are fine. Specially if it is L99.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:06 AM   #5
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If tapping very loud when you start the the car, you should be worried.

But if ticking only then you are fine. Specially if it is L99.
It only ticks on cold start but its pretty loud. And yes its a l99
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:07 AM   #6
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These cars have mechanical oil pumps, it takes few seconds to build pressure. If you notice when you idling or setting at a light the oil pressure drops also.
There was an issue where the pumps went out on several cars and some had to have engines replaced or rebuilt.
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:57 PM   #7
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My question is how serious is this issue? My dealer is over 45 miles away, and finding time away from work is difficult. So is it ok to wait a bit, or should I make it a priority to get the car to the dealer asap? Thanks
I would definitely recommend you getting your vehicle to the dealership as soon as you can to prevent any other issues that could arise. Please let us know if your dealership was able to address your concern!

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Old 08-23-2012, 10:13 PM   #8
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Mine was at the dealer for this exact reason a lil while ago loud Tating sound at start up not long like 2 seconds worth Dealer has said is normal started up new camaro auto and sounds the same. Oil pressure is fine though and it does sometimes go lower than 30psi idling almost down to the second line and back up to 30 psi. I hope it lasts.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:41 AM   #9
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Low oil level will cause the lifters to make noise,
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:50 AM   #10
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Low oil level will cause the lifters to make noise,

^^ this. FIRST thing you should do is check oil level. Hopefully its good.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:30 PM   #11
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If I were you, I would take it to the dealership if it is bothering you.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:58 PM   #12
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when u start seeing a big cloud of blue smoke (especially when you rev up) come out the tail pipes, time to take it in for the valve lifters TSB
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:37 PM   #13
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There have been many threads on this. Some people have had success with lifter replacement, others, not.

In my case, it happens only occasionally and lasts for 2 seconds max. I'm not gonna tear into the engine for this (or leave the car at the dealer for weeks so he can duplicate the symptom).

I will let the 100,000 warranty take care of it if it causes a serious problem.

But, I will never buy another DOD car.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:38 PM   #14
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Well I finally got around to dropping off my 2010 A6 to have the lifter tick looked at. Hendricks was nice enough to give me a 2012 SS M6 (with 351 miles) as a loaner. Now hoping they can reproduce it.
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:03 AM   #15
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I got my lifter replaced on my 2010 L99 at 4,000 miles. They have new redesigned AFM lifters. No more ticking for me.
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:59 AM   #16
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Last word from the service manager was that they couldn't reproduce it. But they are gonna keep trying. I knew that would happen. 1 out of 10 cold starts it doesn't happen. Figures.
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Last word from the service manager was that they couldn't reproduce it. But they are gonna keep trying. I knew that would happen. 1 out of 10 cold starts it doesn't happen. Figures.

If you would like, I can set up a case for you and contact your dealership for more information.

I will just need your first and last name, address, phone number, VIN, mileage, and involved dealership name.

I look forward to working with you on this.

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Old 10-19-2012, 08:53 PM   #18
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I get it once in a great while so i don't worry about it
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