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Engine Ticking Inspection Service

It can be very concerning to hear strange noises from your car. You should schedule an inspection right away when you hear unusual noises or ticking sounds from the car's engine.

How much does an engine ticking inspection cost?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to. Our mechanics are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office.

Common reasons for engine ticking sounds

Numerous problems can cause engine ticking noises. These are some of the major ones:

1. Bad Reciprocating Components

When there is a ticking sound in the engine, and it concerns a specific component, it's usually the reciprocating part that is at fault and not a rotating element. Some instances of reciprocating components consist of pushrods, pistons, and valves. If one of these components were to end up being worn, damaged, or spoil for whatever factor, you would certainly start to hear ticking sounds. If you do not change these components promptly, the ticking sounds might progress into a whining or clunking sound.

2. Low Amount of Engine Oil

A low level of oil in the engine can cause components of the valvetrain to cause the ticking noises because these components are not being sufficiently lubricated. A low engine oil could be caused by a leak somewhere.

It could have been caused by a damaged or worn out gaskets or seals. Whatever the possible cause is, it's easy to know if you have low engine oil because the engine will start to heat too much thus, needs the oil to lessen the heat. So, if you notice ticking sounds in addition to any of the other symptoms, then it's usually due to the car being low on oil.

3. Rod Knocking

The rod could knock around and cause ticking noises if the bearing attached to the rod has gone bad.

The RPM of the engine will change, but there won’t be any temperature changes to the engine. The only possible solution to fixing the rod knocking problem is to rebuild the whole motor. This is expensive, but it is recommended to get fixed as soon as possible.

4. Fuel Injectors Firing

This could be the best-case scenario for an engine ticking. Ticking sounds whenever the fuel injectors start firing can be observed in certain model cars with a fuel injection system.

The noise comes from the valves of the injectors that are quickly opening and closing to allow the proper amount of fuel to enter the internal combustion chamber. This part of the usual operation of your vehicle so there's nothing to worry about.

5. Valves Not Adjusted

A valve train that is not readjusted will certainly create ticking noises. This is commonly the reason for engine ticking, so it needs to be inspected. When your engine rotates several times, the valves open and close. There is something called a rocker arm which is accountable for opening up and also shutting the valves. The camshaft has a pushrod which regulates the rocker arm, and it requires to be the accurate range from the valve. If the changes are not precisely right, then the parts will certainly move around and trigger the ticking noises.

What to expect during a engine ticking inspection

A proven and certified mechanic will go to your resident or office to evaluate the cause of the engine ticking. Afterward, a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and costs of the needed repairs will be provided.

How important is this service?

It could be a sign of a serious issue when a car engine is ticking. More severe damage could be the result if you continuously drive a vehicle that has a low engine oil or worn out reciprocating components; it is also not safe to drive the vehicle. You should schedule an appointment from the time you notice a car making noises that you are not familiar with.

Engine Ticking Reviews

Justin Alm
Justin Alm
23:54 25 Aug 19
Mohamed (Moe) worked on our car. We had another issue the day after he replaced some gaskets in our engine. He made the drive from Port Coquitlam to Vancouver on his day off to help get our car running again. He was very kind, transparent, and professional throughout the process.
Telina Chomey
Telina Chomey
22:35 24 Dec 18
Alexey came to check out my none starting car. He was easy to talk to and explained what he was doing. He told me my engine was done, but told me he'd keep trying other things just in case. Nothing worked, but I appreciated the extra effort. He explained what was wrong with it and what the noises my car was making meant. Alexey also gave me some insight on things I could do with the car since it is now a very big paperweight.I've already told my friends about them, the fair price range and their ability to work on things (when possible) wherever your car is. 10/10 would recommend.read more
arvind dhanabalan
arvind dhanabalan
23:27 25 Jul 18
Booked a pre purchase inspection ... Got the report they said everrhing was good..2 days later i get the check engine light... can't believe they didn't report the P0456 - Evaporative Emissiom System - Small leak ..which I found using my bluetooth obd tool, not sure how they didn't check for codes during the inspection. Not a happy customer.Edit :They gave me a call and have offered to diagnose the issue if the check engine light came back. Definitely great customer service.read more
Janelle Train
Janelle Train
15:36 01 Jun 18
From the very start of the process instaMek were great. They were able to send quotes through almost instantly and were great at communicating. The service we received from our mechanic was exceptional! We would definitely use instaMek again and would definitely recommend them to our family and friends. We had one particular issue we wanted assessed and our instaMek diagnosed that and then spent the rest of the hour checking everything else in the engine was working how it should. Definitely felt like we got our money worth and the service was great!read more
Hazem Alsaadi
Hazem Alsaadi
14:32 05 Mar 18
The service and convenience are HEAVEN!!!My wife dripped off our kids at the arena for a hickey game. As she was parking, there were funny jerks. Thankfully she was able to park. But the car was not starting. She took the kids to the hockey game. While watching the game, she called instamek and left he keys at the information desk for the mechanic. 4 hours later after the warm up, the game, and dressing the kids, my wife and the kdis walked to the parking to the now fully functioning vehicle. Here is a list of what they did (skme of the work was elevtive as i had asked for it)1) diagnostics2) new sparks plus3) new engine starter4) changed engine oil5) 4 break pads and rotars6) my passenger head lamp (broken from before)7) new battery8) new beltMy wife didnt even meet the mechanic. She disnt even leave the arena. Everything was explained and oid for via the phone call. My next plan is to have my yearly tune ups done while I’m at costco, the gym, or work!!!Thanns guysread more
Rebecca Verveda
Rebecca Verveda
19:16 30 Mar 17
My brakes gave out on me. These guys came and replaced my breaks/pads and checked my engine the same day for an extremely reasonable price. I am thoroughly impressed with their service, professionalism and would (and have) recommend them to anyone.
NANA ADDO
NANA ADDO
16:51 19 Sep 16
I own a Porsche and got the dreaded blinking check engine symbol. I parked my car and begun the search for the right mechanic. Although I have been using the same mech for 2 years since I moved to Calgary, I was tired of driving all the way to the SE from the NW and waiting for hours at his shop since he basically did everything himself.I heard of Instamek through google. After self diagnosing the issue myself by using my own code scanner, I asked them for a quote. That was my first shock. It was hundreds of dollars less than what mechanic would charge. They adviced me to repair the simple cheap issues first and hope the problem goes away. My Instamek was punctual, well dressed and knowledgeable. 3 cheap fixes later, my Porsche is back!! I will always use Instamek and always request for the same mechanic. I am highly impressed.read more

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