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#1 scagle777



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Posted 08 July 2012 - 11:49 PM

I have an 05 Sierra 5.3 with 108k. I noticed a tick coming from the right side today. I can't hear it when I open the hood, but if I put my head down by the front tire I can hear it. I figured if it was a lifter I could hear it from the top as well but I'm not 100% sure. I know that manifold leaks are very common.
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#2 BlackZ71Silverado


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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:13 AM

Hold a rag over the exhaust pipe tip. If it's an exhaust leak you will know exactly where it's coming from.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:48 AM

If you take a look at your exhaust manifolds, you may have some broken bolt heads. I've read a few threads about these bolts breaking and some causing exhaust leaks. Currently I have one broken bolt but it hasn't annoyed me enough to fix...yet.
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:38 PM

...and check if the spark plugs are tight.

The lifter ticking on my truck turned out to be a lose spark plug.

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