Engine Ticking/Rattle

Engine, Exhaust, Drivetrain, ECU
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Re: Engine Ticking/Rattle

Post by Hobz » Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:35 pm

Johny555 wrote:
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:53 pm
I thought maybe injectors ticking,,if I open bonnet I can't hear it,?
Interesting you mentioned injectors. I had a similar thought, maybe the hydraulic lifters, but on a car that's barely two years old, this shouldn't be an issue.

I did get the noise again yesterday, a loud high pitched ticking. It got me scared and I turned the engine off straight away. The noise didn’t return when I started it up again, so I couldn’t get a recording. I’m still on the hunt for it though :) .

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Re: Engine Ticking/Rattle

Post by aafonti » Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:31 am

If it's when the engine is warmed up, could it be the radiator fan? I'm not sure about all cars, but I think the fan will kick on at about 92 degrees....maybe the fan kicks on and it's catching on something? No idea, a very bizarre issue, but you should definitely take it to an independent garage, get their unbias view.
Corsa E 1.4T
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Re: Engine Ticking/Rattle

Post by SecondCorsa » Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:54 am

Sounds like a hydraulic valve lifter to me. Back in the old times we had to adjust the valve clearances with a feeler gauge to the correct clearance, then they changed to automatic adjustment saving labour times and keeping the engine in tune. Inside the lifter is a small ball bearing being held on the seat with a very small spring. If the lifter drains slightly due to the ball coming away from it's seat it loses oil and the clearance increases causing the tap, just like we use to have but only one lifter out of 16 is faulty. We use to get all 8 valves out of adjustment so made a lot more noise not just a tap.

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Re: Engine Ticking/Rattle

Post by James m » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:21 pm

Hi all I have a 2016 corsa sting and have the exact same problem you can hear a loud ticking/ rattling noise inside the car when the engine has warmed up and is then sat idling, also when driving in gears 1 to 3 sounds like a Diesel engine, I have it booked in for its winter check so will post reply if they find anything

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Re: Engine Ticking/Rattle

Post by Rickardo » Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:22 pm

You can hear mine ticking through the air vent but when you lift bonnet and have a listen can't hear the ticking

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Re: Engine Ticking/Rattle

Post by Emphasising » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:56 pm

Hey, I have the exact same issue in a 2015 Vauxhall Corsa SRi 1.4 (Automatic)
It's done around 13k miles and was bought brand new.

Has anybody located the issue and found a fix for it yet?

Cheers, Emphaisisng

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Re: Engine Ticking/Rattle

Post by James m » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:46 pm

I’ve had mine in for the winter health check and mentioned it to them (Evans halshaw) and the mechanic said there was nothing wrong with it only seems to happen when the car engine temp reaches 90 degrees, might take it to a main vauxhall garage and see what they say.

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Re: Engine Ticking/Rattle

Post by Thiagokalil » Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:40 am

I have a corsa 1.4 sri and Evan Halshaw told it is standard noise...before they told it was timing chain.
Looks strange.

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Re: Engine Ticking/Rattle

Post by Thiagokalil » Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:41 am

Hi guys.
My corsa is 2016 sri 1.4 petrol ,i buy it with 9k miles .
This noise was strong when i started the car in the morning.
Went in the vauxhall and they told it was the timing chain that they could replace because it has guarantee.
I brought the car there to leave for that replacement and after some hours when I called them to know if it was ready,they told it was ready and that noise is standard of this car.
I took the car,I could see..it has less noise.They did something but still the noise.
Really unhappy with vauxhall...so is standard to have a noise like that in the car?

Another thing happened with me,they scratched my car twice....wheel and bumper.
No more vauxhall...it’s enough.
Next car sure will be another brand.

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Re: Engine Ticking/Rattle

Post by AS11 ROY » Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:11 pm

Has anyone found the solution to this

I have recently purchased a Corsa SE Auto 2015 and noticed the same problem

When Engine is cold it is fine, but when it reaches Temperature, and only when making small forward or backward manuvers the ticking starts. When you get going it goes away, but this is concerning for me as it is a new car for us.

Please note that the noise happens also (when engine is at temp) when the heated windscreen is turned on!!

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated



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