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Ok this could very well be nothing but thought I'd ask. My last car made some funky engine sounds in the months before it died on me so I'm now cautious of any new sounds.

Anytime it's cold or it cools down here (Florida) the engine makes a tapping, tick, tick, tick sound when I first start the car. This started last winter and is back again. The ticking gets faster the more I accelerate. When the engine heats up the ticking is almost gone but I can still hear a faint tick. Now when it's warm outside I don't hear a thing, in fact at a stop light without the A/C on the car is almost fully quiet not as much as a vibration with RPM's somewhere in the 700 - 800 range.

Second thing that's happened, happened last weekend and has only happened once. I hadn't drove the car is about 24 hours (I've done this many times before) jumped in started it up and this time it sounded odd. The engine sounded sluggish like something was sloshing around in there? It almost stalled at first. It took a few seconds for RPM's to pickup. Conditions outside were dry, sunny in the low 80's. Actually I'd had the oil changed the week previous but not noticed any other issues other than ticking.
 

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the tick is normal in cold weather and the sluggish start after a jump start sounds like you're battery on the start side of is dyeing and aint pushing enough volts at 1st or maybe the alternator aint recharging like it should cause it take 150 plus amps to move the starter and the batt needs to be at full charge to do that
 

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I was having a problem with start-ups last winter/spring. I've read elsewhere on the forums about problems with the fuel pump losing pressure or something like that. I can't remember exactly. I ended up getting a bigger battery in case my OEM bat was dying, and the problem went away after a couple more weeks.. Not sure if the battery helped or if it was the fuel system cleaner I added. Maybe it was neither? It seems to be a problem with the Versa.
 

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Thanks for the responses! My battery can't be dying already or can it? The car and battery are only 2 years old. I've read about the fuel pumps going out but from what I understand those issues were on earlier models. I've got a 2009, purchased new in late 2009.

You're probably both correct, it's probably the stupid battery. I'm sure the heat here takes it toll on the batteries. Well I can always have it pulled and tested for free at an Autozone!
 

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Thanks for the responses! My battery can't be dying already or can it? The car and battery are only 2 years old. I've read about the fuel pumps going out but from what I understand those issues were on earlier models. I've got a 2009, purchased new in late 2009.

You're probably both correct, it's probably the stupid battery. I'm sure the heat here takes it toll on the batteries. Well I can always have it pulled and tested for free at an Autozone!
If you hadn't driven it for a whole day and inadvertently left something on (dome light, map light, etc) or had a door partially open it's possible you had a slow drain on the battery but didn't kill it and then things were slow to start because it was so low and sluggish because the alternator was working so hard. Maybe.
 
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