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5.7-liter Hemi Ticking Noise (Lifters)

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I have a 2005 Ram 1500 Quad cab with the 5.7L Hemi. It's pretty well known that some people experience a 'tick' with their Hemi. I'm one of those people. I've spoken to multitudes of Dodge/Chrysler techs who all say that's normal and that a warranty repair is not needed, yet I've read on numerous online message boards that some people have actually gotten their local Dodge dealer to admit there is a problem and get their Hemi serviced under warranty, but from what I've read it's complicated and expensive (for the dealer) which is why they don't want to admit it.


Can you shed any light on this? I can't seem to get a straight answer from a dealer, at least not from anyone in my area.




Nothing in writing (TSBs) from Dodge on the subject, but the "Hemi tick" seems to be a common grumble from Hemi owners.


I touched base regarding the engine noise with a longtime friend and Dodge technician on the east coast. According to my guy, and Dodge technical support, it's a hydraulic valve lifter noise which is being considered a normal characteristic of the new-generation hemispherical combustion chamber (Hemi) engine.


The ticking sound is typically heard from a warm engine, idling, while standing to one side of the truck -- more commonly noticed bouncing off the wall at a drive-thru. The technical cause is thought to be the somewhat horizontal positioning of the hydraulic roller tappets (valve lifters) in the engine block. The lifter location projects normal lifter noise out the sides of the engine.


Certain engines do tick slightly more than others. The only attempted fix I could imagine would be replacing the lifters, which may not accomplish anything, and I don't see tearing down the engine being worth the risk. I haven't heard of any claims regarding long-term durability issues involving the noise, so at this point in time, try to ignore it. If the noise is something other than described, have it checked out. In the meantime we'll keep you updated on any relevant news coming out.


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ed schipper
26 Sep 2018, 11:37
They should be made to fix this , this truck has only 66000 and the lifters are bad , Just junk to have to spend $3000 to repair, I know i will never buy another Dodge,
Dale London
08 Sep 2018, 15:38
I also have a 5.7 hemi in a 2014 Ram pickup, have notice the ticking noise, and have found that a half quart of Resolone at each oil change helps with the noise.
28 Apr 2018, 08:53
This engine has a history of valve ticking at idle which can be categorized by the thousand of complaints as being normal by the manufacturer. But the noise while driving under the car that you say sounds like a tick or slight knock could be an exhaust leak coming from a broken exhaust bolt or cracked manifold.

Getting under the vehicle would be the only way to diagnosis the problem to determine if it is one or the other.

If you are not familiar with this engine have it diagnosed by a certified mechanic to determine if it is from the engine or the exhaust.
27 Apr 2018, 04:51
I have a 2010 dodge ram 1500 with a 5.7L it ticks while im driving it doesnt do it when its idling its started ticking a couple of days ago its only got 92.000km on it the noise is coming from the bottom end of the engine
27 Apr 2018, 04:49
I have a 2010 dodge ram 1500 with a 5.7L it ticks while im driving it doesnt do it when its idling its srarted ticking a couple of days ago its only got 92.000km on it the noise is coming from the bottom end of the engine
Jim V
19 Nov 2017, 07:32
I'm sorry to have to say this but I just experienced a major internal engine problem after ignoring the "tick". I have a 2010 Ram 1500 with a 5.7 ltr hemi. The tick has come and gone for some time now. Tried different things, the latest being Penzoil Platinum Synthetic blend. Always used synthetic and always had regular oil changes. Truck stalled at idle a few days ago then when I tried to start it, made a terrible rapping noise. Towed to the dealership, tour the engine down to find a piece of a avalve had dropped into a cylinder and caused enough damage for them to tell me the only option is a new engine at $8700! i'm pretty bummed. No decisions yet, exploring my options but pretty upset that I didn't pay more attention to the "tick".
17 Feb 2017, 17:10
RE: Dev De Splinter, As of right now there is no service bulletin or recall on the Hemi tick or the exhaust bolts. Dodge seems to not recognize these as recall issues.

A recall usually is for a safety related issue. Engine noise is not considered to be hazardous to anyone's safety.

If we hear anything we will be sure to post it.
Dev DeSplinter
17 Feb 2017, 14:15
As of a month ago my 2005 Ram "Daytona" quad cab has started a ticking sound, and it is the Hemi, not only is it loud, but it comes and goes. I have read about the exhaust manifold problem and one thing I do notice is that when the tick is there my exhaust sound like the eng. is missing, Hmmm, could it be those darn exhaust bolts that seem to be breaking or coming loose. This truck has only has 93,000 miles, it seems this has been a problem for a long time and Dodge has known about it, is there any recall on this that has not been published, my local Dodge dealer is an asshole and I refuse to take anything to him so I rely on a couple local repair shops that I have done business with for the past 20+ years, and they are telling me it should be a recall issue, what are we to do, drive around with this cold click. OR is it lifter rattle?. the noise does seem to go away after the eng. warms up but it will come back even when warm but sitting at idle?. Love my Dodges, have had them all my driving life, would hate to have to give into a Chevy.
Doug Stade
05 Feb 2017, 11:15
Yes, a mechanical pressure gauge was used. I took the truck to the dealer because all of a sudden the oil pressure dropped to nothing when I stopped at a red light. As soon as I revved the engine the pressure went up. They replaced a switch on the oil sending unit. Very good oil pressure. I had also mentioned to them the engine noise, so they checked it out.
04 Feb 2017, 17:13
RE:Doug Stade,

Was the oil pressure ever taken with a mechanical pressure gauge?

The problem still could be a wrist pin, piston slap or cracked piston or a rod bearing knock.

The noise could even be related to the valve train like misaligned rocker arm, broken valve spring or a bent push rod. The only reason I am saying this is because a bad rod bearing doesn't rattle. It still could be related to the upper part of the engine.

Removing the left side valve cover and the oil pan could help you better diagnosis the noise.

It still may be beneficial for a second opinion. Someone with extensive experience on this engine would be your best bet. Just because you went to a dealer doesn't mean they know what they are doing.
Doug Stade
04 Feb 2017, 09:37
The reason I am told that I have piston noise is because the ticking,rattling is coming from the bottom left. Too low to be lifters and they are sure it is not exhaust manifold bolts.
03 Feb 2017, 06:47
RE: Doug Stade, Take it to another dealer or trust worthy repair shop and have them listen to the noise to determine if it is a valve tick or a piston noise. Also have them check the other exhaust bolts to make sure there are no other bad bolts.

A lot of people have had this tick where they can just live with the noise then spend thousands of dollars to try to fix it. Dodge has been no help with the issue and there is no recall, service bulletin or other information on this problem.

From what I have read is that there is a oil pressure problem to certain lifters that is causing this issue. Finding the lifter that is making the noise and inspecting the valve assembly for that cylinder(s) may give you more of an idea of what is going on. You would need to remove the valve cover to do this.

Doug Stade
02 Feb 2017, 18:46
I have a 2007 Ram 1500 Big Horn. With less than 30,000 miles I noticed some engine noise. McKay Family Dodge in Waite Park, Mn. couldn't hear it. Slowly got louder. Then was told it was the Hemi tic. Somewhere along the way A.M Maus & Sons in Kimball replaced a couple exhaust bolts. Ticking slowly getting louder. September 2016 replaced lifters at about 150,000 miles. Still getting louder. Now at 163,000 miles I am told it is piston noise. Recommends new rebuilt engine at $6,500. Who do I believe?
Leon Aaron
05 Dec 2016, 10:53
I have a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 and also had this ticking sound in my engine. I did contact the Dodge dealer and they also told me that this sound was normal. I did not believe the information and did some more checking and found out that on certain Dodge engines were made in Germany or another foreign country that supplied parts for the motor. There are some bolts on the exhaust manifolds that will work themselves out because of the type of bolt they used. I had the bolts replaced and now I do not have the ticking sound. It is caused by an exhaust leak at the manifold. Just take it to your trusted Technician and explain the problem and have them replace the bolts. I only had one side that was ticking. It has been over 6 months now and I have not heard any more ticking sound coming my engine. I hope this helps you out.
05 Dec 2016, 10:34
RE:Herman Shale, You have to make sure it will match up with the transmission first then you may have to swap parts from the old engine to the new engine if it is possible. I don't think it will be a good swap.

I would ask a scrap yard and a auto parts store to see if the engines are compatible.

The best way would be to find the exact engine that fits so there are no modifications needed.
Herman Shale
05 Dec 2016, 04:17
A recently failed 5.7 Hemi on my jeep Grand Cherokee which uses ignition coil leads going to an opposite diagonal cylinders & now have found a used 5.7 Hemi engine from a Chrysler 300c which does not have HT leads but coils with double outputs for each and every cylinder.

Can this engine go directly on a jeep without any modification/retrofitting ?
14 Aug 2016, 09:50
My 2012 dodge hemi 5.7 also has this very annoying lifter tick. While Dodge won't do anything about it, I will. My next truck will be a 2017 FORD F150. So much for Guts and Glory and ticking lifters. If Dodge at this point in their history doesn't know how to make lifters, I want nothing more to do with them. They will pay, with a loss of business.
Nikki Garrison
29 May 2016, 12:14
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22 Apr 2016, 12:18
Something doesn't sound right, you can't have a burnt valve and it hold compression.

Take the advice of your mechanic and have another mechanic check it out.

If the mechanic tested components with the key on it would have set all of the other codes.

Clear all of the codes and see which ones pop up and repair the ones that are present.

If the car was overheated badly and the engine is running rough then the damage could be a lot worse then a burnt valve.

Get a second opinion before you do anything.
David O
21 Apr 2016, 20:09
Have a 2008 Dodge Charger, wife was driving it and it got hot and split the radiator itself. Let it sit and cool off and put water in it and took it to my mechanic. He changed it and called and said it had a tic in # 8 cylinder. He pulled the valve cover said the valve seat was down a .16 ". Compression in the cylinder held, he told me to take it to a shop that repairs engines that he doesn't. I stopped at Auto zone an had them ck for Codes and have 25 codes. Some multiple, from burnt valve to camshaft position sensor, burnt plugs everything you can think of still runs but rough waiting for mechanic to call me in hope I still have Arms and legs after repair.
01 Feb 2016, 09:22
RE: Mike

Why did you change the oil sender and pickup tube?

What's the oil pressure reading now?
01 Feb 2016, 07:06
RE: Mike, Go over all of your work and inspect all of your electrical connections that you may have disconnected or may have disturbed when you changed the oil pump screen and pressure sensor. Also check the throttle cable and gas pedal for proper operation. Make sure it is not binding or sticking.

Do you have a check engine light on? If you do have a check engine light on then see if you can get someone who has a scanner to get the trouble code. This can help us with the diagnosis.

Get back to me with as much information as you can. The more information you give it can help me help you better. Remember I can't see what is going on I can only go by what you are telling me.
31 Jan 2016, 18:48
So I just finished changing my oil sending unit and pick up tube in my 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7 liter.
Put in 7 quarts of new oil and changed the filter. Thinking OK ready to roll, NOT!! I have no power, idle speed only and can not accelerate at all and I need this truck so bad to get me to and from work. I have a wife who is very ill and it is our only way to get around and we live 40 miles out side of town.
Can someone PLEASE HELP??
15 Jun 2015, 09:14
RE: Leon,

It appears that you may be out of your warranty. The dealer would only repair the engine if it falls into the definitions of the warranty for the vehicle. Bring in the truck and have them look at it. If you are a good customer they may work something out with you other than that your on your own as of the cost of the repair.

11 Jun 2015, 11:24

I have a 2009 Dodge 1500 Ram 5.7 Hemi that has a ticking noise right after I start the motor and will reduce the ticking sound once it appears to run a few minutes. I have worked on motors before, but I am not an ASE certified Technician. I have reviewed many of these complaints on this site dated back to 2012 to date and it blows my mind that this problem still has not been corrected. I bought the Truck brand new from the dealer and had not heard the ticking sound until just recently. I have 84,971.00 miles on the truck now. Question is the Dealerships obligated to repair the engine at no cost to me? I continued to take my truck in for the scheduled services since I have owned it. I will continue to monitor this forum for future updates. Respectfully;
01 Jun 2015, 13:02
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi. This was a problem for awhile but I have since switch to Royal purple synthetic oil w/the appropriate filter. It seems to have help somewhat but a faint ticking prevails. The filter has a internal valve to maintain pressure in the above oil line at stopping the engine and a quick pressurization at starting the engine. You can rest assured that the engine is getting proper lubrication for even a longer period of time which I feel justifies the cost increase for proper maintenance.
16 May 2015, 09:40
Let me start by telling you guys that NO ADDITIVIVE WILL FIX IT.
I Own a 2005 Dodge Durango 4.7L which had the ticking noise that got worse over time and changing the spark plugs and Ignition Coils would not fix it. I was looking the replace the motor when I decided to research more. There are plenty of YouTube videos about it. here are some: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st1AoYfTPlY, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UnA7NzSghM, .
Following the videos I opened the valve cover on the driver's side and I saw 2 ROCKER ARMS that had fallen down, on the driver's side there was one. Before I put them back in place (see the YouTube videos, I used the screwdriver) I replaced the HIDRAULIC LIFTERS on the fallen rocker arms. THE TICKING NOISE IN THE MOTOR IS GONE!
27 Mar 2015, 08:11
RE: TED, Check the oil pressure with a mechanical gauge before you do anything. As long as the oil pressure is within factory specs is a good thing. The problem has been related to the lifters but no recall has been issued yet. Most people complaining about this take their vehicle to the dealer to have them diagnosis the problem. This documents that you hade the problem looked at by the dealer. So if there is any problem that would be serious they are the ones that would know because they see it all the time.
25 Mar 2015, 12:54
I have a 2005 Dodge Daytona the ticking. It sounds like a time bomb. I change oil & filter every 3,000 miles, and baby it. I have worked on cars, trucks And motorcycles all my life, but when I heard ticking in my Camaro, I took it apart and found bad lifters and cam! It was a factory call back, problems with soft cams. I hope the Hemi engines don't have that problem.
12 Mar 2015, 13:11
My 2003 Ram Hemi has ticked since it was brand new. The noise was questioned at time of purchase and said they all do that. I have 377,000 miles on it and the tick has never changed or gone silent. Everyone teases me that it takes a licking and keeps on ticking with that many miles on the clock. In all I wouldn't sweat it and sitting in the drive thru it does make your ears perk up like you may have an engine issue. But rest assured the Hemi motor has been solid for me and never had to do any repairs to it. Just general maintenance and run synthetic oil and keep going.
09 Mar 2015, 12:01
RE: Harold Eldridge,

You would need to get the engine checked out by a certified mechanic or dealership to determine the area the noise is coming from. It can come from different areas.

There is a service bulletin on broken exhaust bolts that need to be replaced with stronger bolts. This can cause a ticking sound from the exhaust leak.

Then there are the issues of the lifters making the noise. Have the mechanic check the oil pressure with a mechanical gauge to determine if the oil pressure is within factory specs. This is the most common noise of all of them.

The piston skirts are shorter then in the older engines which can cause a condition caused piston slap. The mechanic can determine if this is the noise you are hearing.

Fuel injectors can also make a ticking noise the older the injector the louder it can get. Also with the new fuels out there they lack the old lubrication of the lead and sulfur and with the added ethanol it can cause a louder than normal injector tic.

These noises are a variation of ticking coming from the engine that need to be determined by diagnostics by your local dealer or certified mechanic. They can eliminate the areas that are not making the noise and determine the exact noise location and then diagnosis the cause.

It is an on going problem noise but there are some reports that people are driving the vehicle past 100,000 miles with no mechanical failure. So let the mechanic determine the coarse of the action to help eliminate the noise.
08 Mar 2015, 20:53
I would like information on the ticking noise in my 5.7 Dodge Hemi.
12 Feb 2015, 14:56
For those that have a 2005, 1500 Ram equipped with a 9.25 rear axle check for recall. I received it in the mail today. Both my sons and mine are in the recall. It even has a note that if your truck is one with the recall and you already had it fixed, with adequate proof they will reimburse you. My son is quite excited. He had his done a couple of years ago. I remember when he had it done it looked like an explosion took place in there. It was big $$$$. You can check on "safercar.gov" by entering your VIN number. I don't know if it effects any other years or not.
21 Jan 2015, 01:30
Its funny seeing a lot of you saying "take it to a dealer, have an experienced tech look at it". 100% of the dealerships did not know the an '07 Charger R/T had to have the air bled out of the cooling system. I won't let the dealer touch my car. Every Chrysler and Dodge I see has the common Chrysler "Forever" ticking noise. And so does the 5.7 Hemi

Loose Spark Plugs can cause the louder Tap noise as well. So can a Bad manifold gasket or backed out bolt.

Using the WRONG OIL can cause noises also.

PCV Valve going/Gone bad or sticking will cause a Tick noise. Even a good one can also. You can clean your PCV valve to try and see if it makes the noise go away. But I can assure you that a Tap noise is not from a PCV valve. It's a Light ticking noise.

From my experience of Taps coming from one side of the engine. Its either a faulted spark plug or Manifold gasket or just needs to be tightened up. It can sound almost like an engine knock.
14 Jan 2015, 09:08
Sorry to hear about your engine. There are a few instances of this happening.
Trish Werner
13 Jan 2015, 21:01
I have a 2004 Dodge Durango Hemi. It had a tick, they said it was ok and normal, and my entire engine just blew up on the highway 3 days ago -- DOA -- it sucks.
13 Jan 2015, 08:38
My 2005 Ram 1500 4wd quad cab 5.7 Hemi has had a tick since the day I bought it new. I finally found that my tick comes from the over sized power steering pump.
Bull Y
11 Jan 2015, 18:59
Thank you. I plan to have the truck repaired at a local shop nearby. I still love my truck and the hemi motor
11 Jan 2015, 10:17
Re: John D, The ticking sound is typically heard from a warm engine, idling, while standing to one side of the truck -- more commonly noticed bouncing off the wall at a drive-thru. The technical cause is thought to be the somewhat horizontal positioning of the hydraulic roller tappets (valve lifters) in the engine block. The lifter location projects normal lifter noise out the sides of the engine.

Raising the RPM from the minimum idle may be a little too high and could cause safety issues like moving a little to fast than desired when taking your foot off the brake and hard shit or clunk into gear.

This is just a band aid for the problem but if it works for you and you are happy that is good.
11 Jan 2015, 10:05
RE: Billy Y, I found this service bulletin on the exhaust manifold bolts, show it to the dealer it may help you with the bill.

As of the knock put the regular oil in the engine and see if the noise quiets down. Synthetic oil in a high mileage engine usually is too slippery and thin for older engines and will be burned and could possible make the engine make noise. I highly doubt that you have a bent rod just from the oil. I would check the rod bearings if the noise doesn't go away with the different oil in the engine.


Engine Ticking Sound In Cold Temperatures

2009 (DC) Ram Truck (3500 Chassis Cab) (Includes International Markets)

2009 (DH) Ram Truck (1500/2500 Pick Up) (Includes International Markets)
2009 (DS) Ram Truck (1500) (Includes International Markets)
2009 (DX) Ram Truck (Mexico) (Includes International Markets)

NOTE: This Service Action affects both sold and unsold vehicles.

A number of models built before August 14, 2009 (MDH 0814XX) equipped with a 5.7L
engine (Sales code EZC or EZD or EZH) may have been built with an engine that may
emit a ticking sound heard at start-up in cold ambient temperatures. This sound could
be less noticeable as the engine warms to normal operating temperature. This condition may be caused by broken or loose manifold bolts for cylinders # 7 and # 8.
Dealers are required to replace both sets of exhaust manifold bolts for cylinders # 7 and # 8 with new stainless steel higher strength bolts.
Bull Y
10 Jan 2015, 13:46
My 2005 Ram 1500 4x4 5.7 lost the right side manifold bolts on the back cylinder a few weeks ago. I haven't had time to get it fixed yet. My last oil change I used Mobil 1 synthetic figuring it would be better but without warning, the normal ticking turned into a hard tapping. I checked the oil level it was down 3 quarts. I has never lost oil like this before and there are no leaks visible. I believe a rod is bent now by the noise. How can I be sure what all is damaged without running the engine much?
John D
08 Jan 2015, 16:18
I just bought a 2004 Ram GTX with a 5.7, and I can tell you all what the problem is. Idling at approximately 500 rpm is simply not enough engine speed to keep the oil pressure high enough to pump up the lifters. I adjusted my idle speed to 1000 and the tick has been eliminated.
24 Dec 2014, 08:45
RE: Robert C, You are one of the lucky ones who don't have the tick so if the oil works don't change to regular oil keep synthetic.
robert c
22 Dec 2014, 15:24
2005 Dodge Durango Hemi 5.7 with Hemi tick.

I noticed the Hemi tick after switching to a non-synthetic oil. I used full synthetic oil until 140k miles. After that I tried regular 5w30 to save money. After 1k miles I noticed the tick when the engine was cold, so i tried synthetic blend, and now the tick is gone.
16 Dec 2014, 10:54
I'm sorry to hear about this and I am sure you are out of warranty. There have been reports of catastrophic engine failure from faulty oil pumps. Dodge usually won't do anything if you are out of the warranty. The only way to save some money is to put a salvaged motor in your truck but you risk the chance of inheriting the same problem.

The only chance you would have is to bring the truck to the shop that did the head gasket; maybe they will work with you on the price of the repair since they were the ones who touch the car last. They are not obligated to but if they have a good reputation they may be able to save you a little on the price.
15 Dec 2014, 10:03
I have a 2005 Dodge Ram Hemi 1500. Almost two years ago my truck was making the ticking noise, took it in and they said it was a blown headgasket. Got that fixed and still made the noise and then two months later my oil pump failed, lifter stuck and a piston was in pieces. Now still waiting to be able to afford an engine. When we had it looked at they took the oil pan off and one bolt from the oil pump was laying in the oil pan. How in the world did a bolt come off the oil pump? Love my truck, and want to have it fixed. I had just paid it off a month prior to this happening.
02 Nov 2014, 09:19
Adding anything to the engine oil usually is not recommended and may not be beneficial for the engine. Just keep up with regular routine oil changes and you should be fine.

Please let us know how you make out so other readers can benefit from your results.
01 Nov 2014, 23:18
Thanks for the info, I'm going to check this out Monday and let you know what happens.also is Lucas oil stabilizer not good for the 5.7 hemi ?
01 Nov 2014, 10:25
Re: Brett. I just found this on the manifold bolts. It may be helpful to show the dealer and maybe they will do if for you under warranty. Check it out.


Engine Ticking Sound In Cold Temperatures

2009 (DC) Ram Truck (3500 Chassis Cab) (Includes International Markets)

2009 (DH) Ram Truck (1500/2500 Pick Up) (Includes International Markets)
2009 (DS) Ram Truck (1500) (Includes International Markets)
2009 (DX) Ram Truck (Mexico) (Includes International Markets)

NOTE: This Service Action affects both sold and unsold vehicles.

A number of models built before August 14, 2009 (MDH 0814XX) equipped with a 5.7L
engine (Sales code EZC or EZD or EZH) may have been built with an engine that may
emit a ticking sound heard at start-up in cold ambient temperatures. This sound could
be less noticeable as the engine warms to normal operating temperature. This condition may be caused by broken or loose manifold bolts for cylinders # 7 and # 8.
Dealers are required to replace both sets of exhaust manifold bolts for cylinders # 7 and # 8 with new stainless steel higher strength bolts.

01 Nov 2014, 10:15
Re: Brett, Dodge probably won't warranty this repair because of the year and mileage. When you are ready you can replace the manifold bolt it may get a little louder but not much. When replacing the bolt and the manifold is off the engine check the manifold with a straight edge to be sure the manifold is not warped.
01 Nov 2014, 00:17
I would like to add, it's a 2500 4x4 and I drive ever day on a rough dirt road, can I wait a week before replacement of manifold bolts? Or should they be done asap
31 Oct 2014, 23:51
Same here 2004 ram 5.7 hemi tick, 160,000 miles.just found manifold bolt on the ground, from passenger side manifold.
dodge should fix this, it's the same story over and over
15 Oct 2014, 20:20
RE: Derick, The exhaust leak can be checked with a stethoscope, it can help locate the leak if there is one. The 5.7 has had ticking issues related to lifters and possible weak valve springs. Many have complained but there is no solution from the dealer. The ticking usually will not harm anything and with 157,000 miles on it and it runs fine it might help to live with it. The repair usually is temporary and expensive. The dealership has yet to come up with a solution. The squeak is most likely the belt and should be checked out. The belt could be worn or the tensioner weak or just need to be adjusted if applicable to your truck.
20 Sep 2014, 23:09
I should mention the truck has 157,000 miles and runs just fine. I haven't noticed any loss in power and it does not idle rough or have any other issues that I am aware of. Just the annoying ticking noise and squeaking at start up.
20 Sep 2014, 22:42
I have 2003 Ram 2500 5.7L Hemi Magnum. I bought less than 2 weeks ago. I have absolutely no mechanical experience to speak of. The ticking was present when i test drove the vehicle. The mechanic at the dealership (not a dodge dealer) said it was an exhaust leak. I took his word for it. The ticking is on the right side of the engine. When i start the truck it is very loud at idle, but after the truck warms up the ticking seems to get significantly quieter (while idle), but does not go away completely. Also, The tick can always be heard when accelerating. The harder i press the gas, the faster the tick. Does this sound like a typical exhaust leak or might there be something else going on? Also, I am getting a squeaking/squealing noise for a couple seconds when i start the truck. I'm assuming that's a belt issue, but like i said, i have no mechanical experience. Thanks.
13 Jul 2014, 09:45
RE: Melanie

30 Jun 2014, 20:01

Hi Melanie, The tick is a long time problem and many fixes have been done with little success. If you have 180,000 on the engine and it is still running strong then have a good qualified mechanic inspect the engine tick for precautions. It could be just a broken exhaust bolt or exhaust gasket. Let the mechanic determine that before any expensive repairs are done. If you can live with the tick and you have no performance issues then that is the least aggravating way to go.
13 Jul 2014, 09:37
RE: Gin

08 Jun 2014, 18:40

Hi Gin, you need to take the truck to someone else more reliable. Finding the dead cylinder and then taking the valve cover off would be a good start. It could be a broken valve spring, rocker arm broken and or bent push rod. A good physical inspection is need before determining weather you need a rebuild or not.
13 Jul 2014, 09:29
RE: George Torres

25 May 2014, 17:10

Hi George, Can't say much for after market filters about check valves but stick with original OEM Mopar filters they are made for the engine and give the protection for the engine Mopar wants.
30 Jun 2014, 20:01
I have a 2006 Durango and experience the same lifter tic. It began after 100,000 miles and warranty expired so I never took it in to dealer. It does use a little oil but it now has almost 180,000 miles and still running strong. I bought it brand new.
08 Jun 2014, 18:40
I have an '05 Dodge Ram 1500 with Hemi, and I had a valve lifter ticking away. I bought the truck used. Well needless to say 2 years after taking it In numerous time requesting them to check it! I started having issues! It idles at 607 rpm, while driving anything below 60 km it would stall. Oil pressure is good, transmission oil is good .

While I was idling at times, the truck started to shake, and the sound of something let go. Then the ticking was gone. I wasn't far from home while driving it, and I can hear the piston hitting the valve! I brought it into an engine rebuild and they told me it was a rod bearing that was gone and that nothing was wrong with my valve lifter! Yet again they didn't open my engine up to see they just listened to it!

I'm wondering what your opinion is? Cause like hell am I dropping 7000 for an engine and 3000 for them to put it in, when I could do the same job for free .
george torres
25 May 2014, 17:10
anybody hear of a check valve in oil filter for dodge ram trucks
21 Apr 2014, 22:40
I too had it on my 2009 Hemi Ram. There was a recall on my third member which was fixed at 50K miles, and while there they also did the exhaust manifold bolt recall. Since then I haven't heard the ticking. Kinda makes sense, after all many small block Chevys had a like problem, and they were also fixed by exhaust manifold bolts. Many Hemis run hard for 150,000 miles or more so don't sweat it folks. Still like to shock a few Bimmers and others with my 6,000lb truck and only 347 cube Hemi!
19 Sep 2013, 13:05
Slight correction. A loose sparkplug can cause a ticking noise as the combustion blasts past the sparkplug threads. This will eventually burn up the ignition coil of the suspect cylinder.
ll Baak
15 Sep 2013, 23:04
Same problem...
04 Sep 2013, 14:31
Take it to the dealership, and see if they think it's normal, or something that needs to be repaired. Sparkplugs won't fix a "tick".
01 Aug 2013, 19:42
My 2010 dos the same thing. Ticks in drive thru etc. pls help. People keep telling me I need spark plugs.
23 Jul 2013, 11:51
I have a 05 Ram 1500 5.7 hemi with 5 miles on it when I bought it. So far I put 223,000 miles on it. I've had the same noise since 143,000 ago. Was told that if you are not losing power or using more gas then put up with the noise. It has only gotten louder over the years. Still love the truck and running strong.
19 Jul 2013, 19:01
We're always interested. Thanks Big Moe!
Big Moe
25 Jun 2013, 21:10
I see that this an old thread But I`m going to reply anyway. I`ve got a 3500 dually with the 5.7 I bought it with 60k miles on it. I now have 130k miles on I. The only thing I`ve done to it is spark plugs and a battery. Oil changes every 5k miles using 10w30 synthetic. I have the ticking noise sometimes its louder than others. I also noticed an exhaust leak when its cold. I`m going to replace the exhaust gaskets and bolts. I am an ase master tech. been working on cars professionally since 1984. Been working on cars since I was 13, with my Dad. I will post the results when I am done if anyone is interested.
24 May 2013, 00:22
I have the real hemi tick
My 2010 dodge charger has a tick and it trows a cylinder 5 misfire code so I pulled my valve cove off to see if my lifters were lighting and 5 wasn't
So I payed $900 for lifter and put them in still didn't light and my can isn't flat so I'm left with a clogged oil passage I will call a rebuilder tomorrow to see if maybe it could just be a oil pump.
Chris Richards
20 May 2013, 02:22
Same ticking sound here 04 15000 Hemi. Mine is a broken exhaust manifold bolt. Got new gasket and bolts passenger side.
19 May 2013, 15:38
Octane will only effect an engine noise if the noise is a spark knock.
14 May 2013, 09:49
I have noticed that it doesn't seem to tick as much when I use premium gas. Although it is still there, it appears less noticeable. Can it be a valve issue?
10 May 2013, 00:20
Update: I took the '13 Charger R/T to the dealer for a listen and the mechanic said it needed a tear down of the top half (valvetrain). They scheduled me for this Monday and said it would take 4 to 5 days. They said they can't be sure what it is until they tear into it. I wish I would have bought it with the 3.6L. It makes 100 less HP but also weighs about a 1000 lbs less, which makes them an even race.
08 May 2013, 09:46
Ticks are not normal. If your Hemi has them take it to a dealer ASAP. I just bought a '13 Hemi Charger R/T and it has them so I called the dealer and they're aware of the problem and talked about ordering parts already. I work for Chrysler and I can say that other employees are not happy that the Hemi motor is made in Mexico. The UAW has tried to get the motor brought to the US for building, but so far to no avail. Also, the horizontal positioning of the lifter causing a reflection/ magnification of the sound is a line of BS. Take it in for service ASAP and express your concern that the motor is made in Mexico. Good luck.
14 Apr 2013, 12:29
Great! Let us know what they come up with.

A loose spark plug can cause a "tick" type noise very similar to an exhaust leak.
11 Apr 2013, 17:38
I own an '05 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7. Bought it from a local dealer with 71,000 miles, and yes I have the Hemi knock. Took it back to dealer, and they had to replace a broken exhaust manifold bolt. Cost me over $300.00, and guess what? That wasn't the problem. The truck is at the dealership again as we speak. I'll keep you informed of what the findings are.
27 Jan 2013, 16:36
Yes its the exact same noise and the service manager agreed it was. He said something about a bad batch of bearings. I'll have to bring to another dealership. Running out of options on things to do. I contacted Chrysler about the issue and they also said its normal. I know its not.
27 Jan 2013, 12:14
Sure it's the same noise? Doesn't make sense they replaced the engine for that same noise and now say it's normal.

I'd suggest bringing it to another Chrysler service department (without telling them the story) and getting a second opinion.
17 Jan 2013, 19:36
I have a 05 dodge ram 1500 hemi. Mine never ticked or knocked til my engine quit around 60000 miles. They said it was something to do with the rods. About 10000 miles later when it became winter, on cold starts it had a very loud tick/squeal. So the dealership replaced that engine also. It was fine for a couple weeks but then started knocking. It mainly knocked when engine was warmed up and idling. So I brought it back in and they said something was wrong with the bearings. So they replaced that engine also at 108000 miles. It was fine til about two days after and the same knock came back. I currently have 114000 miles. I've talked to Chrysler corporate and filed a complaint and they said its normal. I know its not. Any suggestions on what to do?
12 Nov 2012, 19:15

Give the service department another shot at it. There may or may not be a link to the noise and the stall, but just because the check engine light is off, there's still lots of data received by the scan tool to help diagnose performance issues.
12 Nov 2012, 19:10

Your typically not going to get a "tick" from an aftermarket intake -- more of a moan.

There may still be a small exhaust leak. Often times you won't hear it at idle, but it will get louder while accelerating.
22 Oct 2012, 17:45
also replaced spark plugs with oem, cleaned throttle body, checked all wiring connections, etc...
22 Oct 2012, 17:40
OK, it seems as though some people in here are on different pages. My '07 Jeep Commander Hemi sounds like a damn yard sprinkler! 60k miles, proper dealer maintenance, cleaned egr, replaced cam sensor, checked all other sensors. This is not a normal sound. The dealer says that's the sound of an engine running...have heard other Hemi Jeeps that do not make the sound. Now my truck dies approaching, sitting at, and leaving stop lights. I have not had the time to investigate further, but I am thinking it is either an exhaust leak or a faulty catalytic converter. No engine codes what so ever. I am so angry at my truck right now. Anyone else with the EXTRA loud tick/whisping noise having the problem with stalling?
19 Oct 2012, 13:56
Also the truck only has 23k miles on it.
19 Oct 2012, 13:54
I just picked up a 2004 ram 1500 GTX. First few days no tick and now it has it. Dealer replaced manifolds under warranty and the tick is gone, but only when idling, still has a tick when I'm on highway about 1500 rpms, and you just step on the gas a little bit, and you can hear the tick clear enough to know it's on the right side of my engine. Dealer is trying to say that it's just my K&N intake making the noise, any suggestions?
15 Oct 2012, 10:18
Sounds like you're hearing the actual combustion blowing by the sparkplug.

The plug may just be loose, and/or the threads damaged.

Remove and inspect.
17 Sep 2012, 09:47
I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 with a Hemi and there is an exhaust leak coming from the second spark plug. Seems to be coming from the valve cover. Any suggestions?
12 Sep 2012, 06:14
I'm no expert either, but it sounds more like a wheel bearing, or similar part in that area. Ticking sounds are not grinding sounds. A garage needs to take a look.
12 Sep 2012, 05:38
I have an '05 Dodge Hemi 1500 quad cab 5.7 liter V8 engine. I'm not to sure if this is the beginning of this ticking problem that you all speak of. I am not to engine or vehicle savvy. But i have a 'grinding' right below my driver side floor board. I feel the grinding most there. I hear it but it isn't too loud. The grinding mainly happens in between 25-35 mph. Otherwise the grinding ceases. So if anyone knows anything of what I'm talking about please help.
19 Aug 2012, 12:22
Cool Tube!

Left and right, on any car or engine, is determined sitting in the driver's seat.

So you replaced lifters on the left bank of the engine.
12 Aug 2012, 16:21
Re Previous comments had by myself above: I had replaced the top 4 right side (when facing the engine) lifters. The problem has gone away and 6.1 engine is running great.

Here is a link of the sound the engine made before fixing for those interested in accessing there own lifter issues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LZcSQzpQxg.

12 Aug 2012, 15:55
Sorry to hear that. Junk yard engine and a for sale sign might be a thought -- unless you're planning on keeping it around for a while.
Paul Dominick
09 Aug 2012, 09:01
I have a 2005 Jeep with the 5.7L Hemi that ran great although it had the tick. I changed oil regularly with Mobile 1. It had 114,000miles on it and yesterday it suddenly dropped a valve, destroying the number 7 cyl. and piston. Now I am looking at a replacement engine.
31 May 2012, 17:52
I know why it ticks. It's cuz of the valve guides, the bolts are backing out. Put lock tight on the bolts and retighten them.
21 May 2012, 14:58
It's a pretty big job. The cylinder head must be removed. It's up to the tech doing the work how many are replaced.

They may want to replace all on the side with the bad one while the head is off. It wouldn't make sense to remove the other head if there was no noise from that side.

The job pays 5.5 hours according to ALLDATA.
21 May 2012, 13:07
I hope a few miles will help.

Could you tell me how many hours a job like this would take? Would they only replace the collapsed one, the whole side, or everything on both sides, and does it involve taking off the top block? I guess you need special tools also. Thanks.
21 May 2012, 12:55
A good lifter, even if it bled down after sitting a long period of time, would have pumped right back up with oil pressure.

The fact it was quiet, but the noise came back, does not seem like a good sign.

But stranger things have happened. Go ahead and put a few more miles on. If it's still there, bring it in to Dodge.
21 May 2012, 12:11
Could it be that the tappet has collapsed due to the car being not run for a time? The day after this drive to Dodge I started it up and idling the sound went away. However, after using some throttle it started again down the freeway. Would this still correlate to a collapsed tappet that needs to be changed - or could a long drive "unstick" it? That drive to the Dodge was the first time the car had been run on the freeway for about 8 months. Oil was changed before being run, 5w-40. Thanks for further comments.
21 May 2012, 11:46
If it's a single loud "click" you're hearing it may very well be a collapsed tappet (lifter). While the engine is hot and making the noise a technician should remove the valve cover(s). At that point he can narrow down which valve the noise is coming from by listening and feeling for vibration at the valve. They can also eliminate other causes of the noise such as a worn valve guide, broken valve spring, etc.

These are hydraulic (self adjusting) lifters. The internal plunger can leak or get stuck causing excessive valve clearance, and the noise.

Clicking heard from all or several lifters can be caused by incorrect oil level, or low oil pressure.

And remember, a certain amount of "light" ticking is considered normal.
19 May 2012, 17:26
I have a 2006 6.1 Hemi Charger with only 39000 miles. Suddenly, after accelerating down the freeway and pulling up at where I was heading I heard a tapping sound from the right rear top of the engine. The Dodge dealer that I happen to be going to thought it was the lifters - I think one lifter. However, when the car is not run for a day and started up, the noise disappears for a while till I accelerate again. Could this be a lifter? Could it be because the engine got starved of oil that time and one lifter has not enough clearance with the camshaft? Could thicker oil help?
15 Apr 2012, 17:15
I bought an '03 Ram 1500, and as most other people who have the same I figured out that the rear ends suck and I guess the Chrysler corporation is not doing anything about it. I would like to know if there is an aftermarket replacement to correct this because I've read several reviews about people replacing it with the same factory rear end, and having the same thing happen.
29 Feb 2012, 19:26
I too am experiencing the ticking sound with my '05 Ram Hemi. It is actually at the dealership right now being diagnosed. Took it in last week, told them I had a ticking sound coming from the driver's rear of the engine in the head area. They replaced the exhaust manifold gasket on the PASSENGERS SIDE. Took it back today because it is still ticking, only on the drivers side, and only from the rear of the motor. I checked it out with my stethoscope and it is definitely a metallic tapping/ticking. Got a call from the service manager saying, he had all of his mechanics listen to it, and they thought it was belt noise. I asked what it sounded like when they pulled the belt to verify, they didn't. Have not heard back from him yet and that was over an hour ago. I am willing to bet it was not the belt. Thank god for my aftermarket warranty that covers all of the internal lubricated parts in the engine. No one has even mentioned that it was a typical Hemi tick so we will wait and see.
27 Feb 2012, 11:05
Can't hear the noise over the web, and an engine misfire will typically set a diagnostic trouble code and turn on the check engine light.

Your best bet is getting it to a Dodge service department and have a tech determine if it is the normal "Hemi tick", or a mechanical failure which requires further diagnosis.
21 Feb 2012, 19:24
I have a '07 ram 1500 5.7L with 55,000km. Bought it one year ago with 42,000km. In December I noticed a ticking sound on the driver side of the engine, along with a "missing" sound coming from the exhaust. I've changed oil & filter as per factory specs, 5W-20 within 5,000km or 3 months. The sound is more prominent when the hood is up, and seems to be coming near the rear of the engine, driver side. Being old school, it seems to be a valve problem. Could you please help me out.
09 Feb 2012, 16:30
Have 06 Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi. Have had slight tick almost since day 1 when bought New. Lifter tap got louder in last month after I ran truck and re-started after short shut down time. Took it to Dodge dealer and diagnosed with collapsed lifters. $1200 to $1500 repair cost, good thing for 100,000 thousand mile Power Train warranty, 94,600 miles.
19 Jan 2012, 00:06
ticking is due to oil filter not having a check valve in it maybe the oil change place you used added a cheap filter get a K&N at a auto parts store the ticking will quit it allows oil to stay in the engine and not all drain back into pan. Mine has not made the noise since. Dodge dealer Lake Havasu City Arizona told me of the Problem
05 Dec 2011, 19:45
I went to Walmart and got an oil change in my '05 Hemi. They put the 10/40 in my truck. which is the wrong oil, and they didn't put enough in it as well. Took it back when I noticed the ticking which was a few hours later. They drained the oil and added Lucas, which was another major problem, now I need lifters. SO TO ALL HEMI OWNERS MAKE SURE YOU USE PROPER OIL AND NO ADDITIVES AND STAY AWAY FROM WALMART SERVICE CENTER.
07 Nov 2011, 16:46
If you're nervous bring it to a Dodge service department to confirm it is the characteristic "Hemi Tick".

Once confirmed, I wouldn't worry about it. You can try different motor oils, but it probably won't make a difference.
05 Nov 2011, 22:44
Well I'm glad I'm not imaging things. I just bought a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi. I notice a ticking noise. But I don't hear it with the hood open. I only hear it from the back lower side of the engine. When I'm standing by the driver's side door. I was wondering if I was going to have the motor overhauled. The oil pressure is always good. I changed the oil and put in some Lucas. I was wondering about slick 50 or this purple stuff. It makes me nervous hearing the noise.
04 Nov 2011, 23:46
I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 crew-cab with the 5.7L Hemi, 147k miles. I bought it two weeks ago and my Hemi has the tap/tick sound too. When I first start the truck in the morning, the tap/tick is not noticeable but as it warms up, it starts the tap/tick sound. The noise is coming from the areas of the exhaust manifold on both sides, near where the valves are located. Like one of the guy stated earlier, it sounds like a diesel engine. I heard about the loosen #7 and #8 manifold bolts on the 2009 model (see previous comment above), so figure I would try it on my 2003. I replaced both exhaust manifold gaskets, heat shields, and all new bolts. I also did a tune up which included oil change, new air filter, automatic transmission drain/refill w/new filter, cleaned PCV valve, and new OEM spark plugs (all 16 of them). This proved to be unsuccessful and the tap/tick continues. Hope someone will figure it out soon.

BTW, if your engine idles inconsistently/rough, check your PCV valve. It's located just right of the throttle body and it's a twist-off type. If it's clogged or dirty, try cleaning it and see if that'll remedy your rough idling. A new PCV valve is @ $30-$45.
21 Sep 2011, 21:30
Bring it to a technician other than the one who suggested marvel mystery oil -- preferably Dodge service.

It may be a collapsed lifter, but get a professional diagnosis before assuming anything.
Josel Villanueva
19 Sep 2011, 21:48
I have a 2004 dodge durango 5.7 Hemi with 116,000 miles on it. I rarely drive it, the other day i started it up and it had a really loud tapping noise and it would increase when ever i stepped on the throttle.oil was good all fluids were checked and all was good.I was told by a mechanic that it was a sticky lifter and to rid of this problem i would need to put some marvel mystery oil into it and drive it around.so i did for about 30 minutes and i still have that noise.CAN ANYONE HELP?
08 Aug 2011, 19:24
Typically, changing oil viscosity doesn't fix anything. Stick with the manufacturer recommended grade, and have the noise checked out at a Dodge service department. It may very well be a bad lifter.
larry t
08 Aug 2011, 13:48
I have a 03 ram with a 5.7,I had the tick from day 1 and no biggie. But as of late i have had some really loud lifter clacking at start up. I have only 64k on the motor and have ran Valvoline full synthetic 5-30 since new. Will going to a heavier weight get rid of this problem? Also I'm in South Wisconsin so the cold will be here soon and will that affect a heavy oil?
31 Jul 2011, 11:53
I guess you mean the ticking noise stopped?

That doesn't really make sense. Typically being a 1/2 quart low on oil does not cause a problem (still in the safe range). But if you overfilled the engine by a 1/2 quart, that can cause oil aeration -- not good.
jeff w
29 Jul 2011, 19:42
Put 1/2 a quart extra in it when changing the oil and it stopped.
13 Jul 2011, 19:52
The beating may have simply introduced the characteristic tick, or it good be more serious.

Top off the oil and monitor the oil consumption -- that should give you a good idea on cylinder wall damage.
13 Jul 2011, 17:17
2004 Ram with the tick. It didn't have the tick until some low life stole it drove the wheels off it did $7000.00 worth of damage to the body. My HEMI doesn't only tick but now consuming oil as well. No smoke from exhaust though the oil just seems to vanish.
24 Jun 2011, 08:27
It's the engine Design it's going to do that no matter what. Mine does it, my buddies does it, and my uncles does it. Even my friends Toyota tundra does it. It's just how it operates. Lol I don't see why it annoys anyone. Try to look at it this way it's not a diesel, but it's a sign of power.
16 Jun 2011, 20:55
Try the 6.1 L Hemi pushrods in place of the stock 5.7 L push rods. They can be replaced by removing the valve covers and you do not have to remove the heads. I have heard through the grape vine that the 6.1 L pushrods are a hair longer and make the tick go away. I have no proof but lets just say I have some very reliable sources. I have an 03 Ram 2500 5.7 Hemi with the tick. It sounds like a diesel at idle with good oil pressure as well. I would be interested to hear if anyone has success with the 6.1 L pushrods. Good luck.
11 May 2011, 21:17
I have a 2003 Ram 1500 with the 5.7 Hemi and guess what? Mine ticks too! I have about 160000 miles on this truck and it's always ticked from day 1. It's just an inherent sound that this engine configuration has. No big deal, enjoy the horsepower!
03 May 2011, 15:02
I have the same problem I have a 2003 1500 dodge ram 5.7 Hemi. I just had the lifters replaced under warranty from the dealer I bought it from. No luck on getting the noise fixed. Good thing the dealer didn't want to push any of the bill onto me (even though it's supposed to be 50/50 on parts and labor on my warranty). This cost them well over 1k.
I do not recommend doing this because no result was achieved.
12 Mar 2011, 07:18
I had a 5.7 dodge charger that had a ticking and it was the pcv valve that rattled nothing was wrong it just made a ticking sound, I hate that sound so I bought a new one and it went away.
19 Feb 2011, 08:44
17 Feb 2011, 18:25
Hey Kevin,

Sounds like much more than the characteristic "Hemi tick". Do yourself a favor and have the engine checked out at a Dodge-dealer. Might cost you $100-$200, but worth the expense because you'll be sure of what you're getting into.
09 Feb 2011, 15:37
I have a 2004 Dodge Durango with the 5.7L Hemi. I started having the ticking about 3 months ago and its just keeps getting louder. Its loud enough now that its definitely not normal. It still runs fine at low RPM. Ive been told that the heads need to be removed to replace the lifters, which would run $1,000-1,200. Also that the piston may be scored from misfiring, which they say would be $4000 to replace or rebuild the motor now.
20 Jan 2011, 06:16
See above. Lifter noise loudest to the side. But also check for exhaust manifold leak.
18 Jan 2011, 22:41
I've owned my '05 Ram 5.7 Hemi for almost 2 years now, in the past I've noticed quiet tapping, but never bugged me too much, just kept an eye on the oil level and pressure and occasionally add a little seafoam into the crankcase, thinking it was just the normal sound for the new generation Hemis. Tonight, i took in for a quick run to town and back about 15 mile round trip and when i got home i noticed the ticking was extremely loud standing right beside the driver side mirror, but about half as loud under the hood. Oil level and pressure is fine.
I'm thinking that it's probably just because it's -38 degrees out side, and everybody knows that the cold likes to mess with shit.
Anybody else have any ideas about whats going on?
15 Dec 2010, 13:52
The Hemi tick is usual most pronounced out the side of the engine. You hear it loudest from the fender well.

A compression test won't typically diagnose an engine knock. However, a cylinder balance test (stopping spark or injector pulse at each cylinder one-at-a-time) is a good method in narrowing down a piston or rod knock to the problem cylinder. You should hear the sound change when you eliminate combustion at the bad cylinder.

Of course, your best bet is having a qualified technician take a listen before attempting any repairs.
14 Dec 2010, 21:39
I have an 03 ram Hemi. It has a loud tick from under the truck. Can't hear it from under the hood, but crawl under the truck and you might think it will send a rod into your face. It sounds like from the oil pan or oddly enough from the bell housing. Hard to tell with the Flowmasters, which sounds awesome by the way and drowns a lot of it out from above the truck, get a lot of compliments especially from other Hemi owners. Going to do a compression test to ease my mind soon or make it worse. Seems to run pretty good for 11800 miles but I find myself wandering under the truck more often to see if I thought it has gotten louder. Also it has inconsistent idle from 500 to 700 but never any codes pop up. Once warmed it will drop to 550 to 500 and occasionally stutter like it may die but never does. I don't know, change the oil, smoke a ford, and run her till she breaks I guess.
14 Nov 2010, 09:10
Hey Dennis:

As far as we know the inherent "Hemi Tick" as described above is pretty much harmless.

Your V8 seize-up must have more to the story.
Dennis Grooms
13 Nov 2010, 17:21
I guess my situation is going to be the worst case scenario. I have an 04 Dodge Ram quad cab with the 5.7 Hemi. I have been experiencing the ticking noise since I bought my truck 2 years ago. I switched to premium gas and synthetic (Mobile 1) oil. The ticking went away and has only been heard when I occasionally buy regular gas. I haven't had any other problems in the time I've owned my Ram until two days ago. My engine seized up and I'm now looking at $4000 replacement cost. I spoke with a very knowledgeable mechanic and he said the 5.7 Hemi's oil passage ways are too small and the engine starves for oil. I am looking at a nation wide retailer of reman engines and I'm going to ask them about this issue before replacement. Any donations would be greatly appreciated!
24 Sep 2010, 15:57
I also have a 05 ram hemi. The ticking is getting on my last nerve. People that don't know about this so called dodge thing say " whats wrong with your truck ". I know back in the day when your engine made a ticking sound, that their was something wrong with lifters , valves , oil pressure , or neglect. It makes you want to hide when your at a place that other people see you and hear that ticking. Wish someone could find a fix for this and i would do it in a heart beat .
20 Sep 2010, 05:00
The dealership has not repaired this issue yet. They told me to get a second opinion at another dealership and they would pay for it. I got they same response from two others. I do use synthetic oil (Castrol Syntec) I've tried the recommended 5w-20 and also 5w-30 with no change in the noise. I did find out that the tick is possibly coming the valve guides. I was told by another mechanic that the valve guide clearance was too big and that replacing the heads was the fix. He said "he has an 2006 and when he changed heads the tick went away and after 28k miles still no tick". Getting Dodge to admit this will not ever happen because there are so many 5.7 Hemis that the cost would be ridiculous. That is all I know at this time. Stay tuned for more.
19 Sep 2010, 10:42
I found this information on Dodge Forum z.com. It states that this might be the cause of the ticking noise when the engine is cold. Here it is. Good Luck, Hope this helps and is accurate information.


Engine Ticking Sound In Cold Temperatures

2009 (DC) Ram Truck (3500 Chassis Cab) (Includes International Markets)

2009 (DH) Ram Truck (1500/2500 Pick Up) (Includes International Markets)
2009 (DS) Ram Truck (1500) (Includes International Markets)
2009 (DX) Ram Truck (Mexico) (Includes International Markets)

NOTE: This Service Action affects both sold and unsold vehicles.

A number of models built before August 14, 2009 (MDH 0814XX) equipped with a 5.7L
engine (Sales code EZC or EZD or EZH) may have been built with an engine that may
emit a ticking sound heard at start-up in cold ambient temperatures. This sound could
be less noticeable as the engine warms to normal operating temperature. This condition may be caused by broken or loose manifold bolts for cylinders # 7 and # 8.
Dealers are required to replace both sets of exhaust manifold bolts for cylinders # 7 and # 8 with new stainless steel higher strength bolts.
19 Sep 2010, 09:10
Idle speed is controlled by the powertrain control module. So it's not adjustable.

As far as a cold air intake box causing a lower than normal, or rough idle; anything is possible. It may be causing turbulence which is having a negative affect at the air flow sensor.

Did the idle come down immediately after installing the intake set up?

I would first inspect carefully for any leaks at the duct work or air cleaner box. If all looks good, re-install the factory intake assembly. If the brings the idle speed back to where it was originally, that's the problem.
18 Sep 2010, 15:47
i have a 08 dodge ram 1500 my truck idles at 500 rpms it never did that before i only have 19000 miles on my ram i brought it to the dealer and they said it was normal it only idles that low when the truck is warm up when I give a little gas while hold the brake pedal it sits between 500 and 600 rpms
then after i drive to and come to a stop it will drop to 500 rpms I have a cold air intake. Can that cause it? I would like some feedback. Thanks.
13 Jun 2010, 18:49
Before disassembling any part of the engine to correct tappet noise, check the oil pressure. If vehicle has no oil pressure gauge, install a reliable gauge at the pressure sending-unit. The pressure should be between 207 - 552 kPa (30 - 70 psi) at 3,000 RPM.

Check the oil level after the engine reaches normal operating temperature. Allow 5 minutes to stabilize oil level, check dipstick. The oil level in the pan should never be above the FULL mark or below the ADD OIL mark on dipstick. Either of these two conditions could be responsible for noisy tappets.

Before disassembling any part of the engine to correct tappet noise, check the oil pressure. If vehicle has no oil pressure gauge, install a reliable gauge at the pressure sending-unit. The pressure should be between 207 - 552 kPa (30 - 70 psi) at 3,000 RPM.

Check the oil level after the engine reaches normal operating temperature. Allow 5 minutes to stabilize oil level, check dipstick. The oil level in the pan should never be above the FULL mark or below the ADD OIL mark on dipstick. Either of these two conditions could be responsible for noisy tappets.

Yes, the Hemi makes A LOT of valvetrain noise. Some are quieter than others, but all make some noise. If you looked at the design of the block and saw how high up in the casting the cam is located, you would understand why. The lifters insert almost horizontally into the block, the push rods are working at probably a 75 degree angle. Also, the aggressive roller cam with the steep ramps on the lobes make the valves slam shut quickly. Its set up so that DCX could make those heads flow. They basically designed the ports, then did the valvetrain AROUND them.

There was reference to a 5.7 truck in the shop with a loud tapping that would come and go after a long ride. The dealer replaced the lifters and it cured it. Keep in mind you have to pull the heads off to replace the lifters, so don't go running to your dealer wanting new lifters. It's a lot of work, not to mention chancing someone tearing apart your engine.
13 Jun 2010, 16:00
I have a 05 ram 1500 that i got from a dealers lot. They gave me all the service records on it. The prior owner had it serviced regularly. It too has that embarrassing ticking sound that people look at you like what a piece of s$#*
Back in the day when I had one that ticked like that it was time to do some major repair. I notice all Hemi Rams just to see if they too tick, Guess what, not all of them do. So my thought is its not just a Hemi thing but a problem.
I have been told the 5.7 has a POS for a oil pump and is subject to failure. Is this true.
If the oil pump is not as good as the old ones back in the day were, are their any after market ones.
Low volume of oil would cause wear and possibly low lifter pressure then wearing the push rods down. You think ?
08 Apr 2010, 19:06
Thanks for the information. Keep us updated.
08 Apr 2010, 06:30
I have an 08 3/4 Ton with the same issue. I just got it back from the Dealership. They replaced lifters under warranty, but I still have the tick, even worse than before, they said they would leave the work ticket open for 5 days and freeze the mileage. They are trying to work with me to repair this issue. Stay tuned for more.
26 Dec 2009, 13:06
Don't go too crazy with the additives.

It's a structural characteristic of the block.
Rob V
26 Dec 2009, 12:55
I have an '04 Dodge 1500 w/the 5.7 Hemi and have also been to the local Dodge dealer with the same complaint. They told me that it was a "Dodge" thing as well. I switched to synthetic and added Lucas oil stabilizer along with a liter of Rizlone which was suppose to take the ticking away. No such luck!


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