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I bought a 2005 ford f150 5.4 triton ext. cab truck. Its my first truck so im kinda new to it. Heres my problem, im currently deployed overseas, I bought my truck then deployed a month later. Soooo kinda bad situation. I noticed my truck ticking after a few days and brought it back to the dealership. They had it for 3 weeks which was pretty stressful and all and all ended up putting in a new short block for me for free with a one year warranty. the truck still has a ticking sound. Has anyone else experienced this? It only has 70,000 miles and was previously owned by a older man who didnt beat on the truck. Im not sure what to tell the dealership becuase they keep telling me its a normal noise but its pretty loud and its the same noise before they put in a new short block. I go home in a month from the middle east and I wanna be fully prepared for the dealership.

Thanks, A1C Allan Richmond
 

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Allan,

First, welcome to the forum and thanks for you service from a retired MSgt!

The ticking you describe can be many things from engine to accessory (i.e. alternator, power steering pump, etc.) depending on its frequency. If it is constant and comes from the engine then the first thought would be lifter noise, the most common ticking sound, and a short block swap wouldn't necessarily require setting the valve lash though most mechanics would.

When you return, go back to the dealer and ask them to recheck the engine and see if they come up with the same thing.

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hello I'm a newcomer also.
Did the ticking noise go away when the engine was warm? when they installed the short block did they install new exhaust manifold studs and exhaust manifolds?
 

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my 2004 f-150 ticking sound escalated into a full blown nervous breakdown. Anyone know where someone on a fixed income could get a decent used engine at a reasonable price?
 

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I just purchased 2004 f150 4X4 with 105K miles make taping noise that sometimes sounds like diesel. Through research determined could be Cam Phasers. Looked up on Youtube and some videos available reflecting same noise. I hope this is helpful!
 

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I bought a 2005 ford f150 5.4 triton ext. cab truck. Its my first truck so im kinda new to it. Heres my problem, im currently deployed overseas, I bought my truck then deployed a month later. Soooo kinda bad situation. I noticed my truck ticking after a few days and brought it back to the dealership. They had it for 3 weeks which was pretty stressful and all and all ended up putting in a new short block for me for free with a one year warranty. the truck still has a ticking sound. Has anyone else experienced this? It only has 70,000 miles and was previously owned by a older man who didnt beat on the truck. Im not sure what to tell the dealership becuase they keep telling me its a normal noise but its pretty loud and its the same noise before they put in a new short block. I go home in a month from the middle east and I wanna be fully prepared for the dealership.

Thanks, A1C Allan Richmond
I see your post is old, so perhaps you're not even on the forum anymore, but I'll chime in. The ticking may indicate a crack in your flexplate (flywheel). If small, it may not mean much, and it should tick while you're sitting at idle (or very low RPMs). It should go away as you accelerate. A small flexplate crack is not a problem, but it can become a large flexplate crack....and that could lead to catastrophic failure. There's a removable plate underneath the tranny that will allow an expert to inspect it without much difficulty.
 

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I just purchased 2004 f150 4X4 with 105K miles make taping noise that sometimes sounds like diesel. Through research determined could be Cam Phasers. Looked up on Youtube and some videos available reflecting same noise. I hope this is helpful!
My 2007 with 185K miles is experiencing ticking also. After at first thinking it was the lifters, my dealership diagnosed it as a cam phaser noise. I have never even heard of a "phaser" before, so this really threw me. I believe the phasers have something to do with keeping the timing chain tensioned, but I'm not sure about that. It's not considered a "top end" repair -- it's more of a "front end" repair, and apparently I have two choices (per the dealership).

1. Do a "front end" job to fix the heavy ticking, at a cost of $4000. This will NOT include replacing the spark plugs, because the "3V" engine is notorious for having them snap off. That's a topic for a whole new thread. According to many, the 3V engine is the worst Ford has ever produced, and I'm inclined to agree.

2. Drop in a new crate engine for about $6500. What stinks about this choice is that you don't really get a totally new engine. They reuse many of the peripheral parts. And this does not fix the problem with the spark plugs fusing into the threads. Argh!!
 
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