96 Mustang Gt....ticking noise

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5 days 4 hours ago #201500 by 96MustangGT2v
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Hello Folks,

I have one of the most common issues in the book that i'm looking for a bit of insight on...

I bought this car about 2 weeks ago. It's a 2 owner car (both older folks, im in my 20's). After the past couple weeks of 2nd gear pulls, highway commutes to work, etc, i have developed a pretty significant ticking/tapping from what i have gathered to be coming from the bottom of the motor, drivers side, right by the drivers side cat.

I have a video attached showing the sound;


So far here is the list of possibilities i've gathered...car will be going up in the air Wednesday to give it a solid run through..

- Loose plug? I'm hearing these modular engines like to cough up plugs every now and again
- Cracked exhaust manifold? I tested the exhaust to find a leak and couldn't feel anything out of the ordinary near where the sound was coming from, but i do not recall checking the manifold itself
- The Cat itself...but when doing the exhaust test, plugged the tailpipes and couldn't feel any air escaping.
- Lifters? Or 'Lash Adjusters' as i am seeing them being refereed to as. (According to my vin, i have a Windsor motor, not Romeo).

Curious to see what some more experienced eyes/ears gather from the above, and the video.

Any insight is appreciated - thank you!

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5 days 3 hours ago #201501 by nightflyr
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Any of your guess could be correct except most of them sound different from what you posted.
I would think more along the lines of piston slap or rod knock due to the tone of the sound.

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3 days 7 hours ago #201525 by 96MustangGT2v
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Bumping the thread to hopefully get some more insight

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3 days 2 hours ago - 3 days 2 hours ago #201533 by nightflyr
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Insight.....


Engine knock...

Engine mechanical knock ...

Rod Knock ....


Compare them to yours
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3 days 2 hours ago #201534 by 96MustangGT2v
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I know how to google, each sound is distinct from one another yes. I've only found one video that matches the sound - links to rod bearing.

I haven't had the time to tear anything down and inspect myself. More will come once i do that. Was looking for someone who may have heard the exact sound, is all.

But yes, i do know how to google/search youtube, lol.

Thanks anyways.

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3 days 1 hour ago - 3 days 1 hour ago #201536 by nightflyr
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Was looking for someone who may have heard the exact sound, is all.
At best you'll get a general ball park.
Rod knock is a general term.
An easy way to pin point the affected area would be to us a mechanic stethoscope.
As to exact match, that my prove more difficult than you suspect.
Take into account wear and tear, mileage, service, driving habits, driving conditions etc.
First question is, what are the chances that someone has the exact year make and model vehicle, that has gone through the exact same life and that has gone through the exact same conditions.
You'll find a very wide variation .
Most likely end result 2 vehicles showing the same type of symptoms but sounding a bit different.


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