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In less than a month, I managed to pack 2400 miles on my car... Yesterday, I went to the bank to withdraw money from the ATM. At my bank, you have to get out of the car and walk to it. With my car running (warm), I noticed a very clear ticking noise. Just wondered if everyone else (with 2012s, etc) noticed this with theirs.

On an off note, the idle seems to be sporadic. Steady around 800, then jumps all over the place 500-1400. This happens when the car is warm. I will have to consult the dealership on this.
 

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you have the new sedan right that's has the 1.6 in it I haven't heard of them going bad that's interesting I'd take it to the dealer
 

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I also have heard the ticking. Could it be the timing chain?
 

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On the 07's it would most likely be valve tapping or a piston slap condition those are the two most common tapping locations on the 1.8L.

My 08 has had this condition since 15k miles on it and now I have over 107k on it now and running strong.
 

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I've got the same issue. It does sound like the timing chain. I wonder if the HR16DE is equipped with a variable displacement (low pressure at low rpms) oil pump. This may cause the timing chain tensioner to not be as effective in controlling the timing chain slack on the chains departure from the crank sprocket. I currently have 1100 miles on my car and dumped the factory fill oil in favor of some Mobil1 0w-30 at 1000 miles to get some of the break-in materials out. I have noticed the ticking is slightly more audible with this oil. I don't have a tach but it goes away entirely at part throttle, i would guess 1750-2000 rpm. If anyone else has this "issue" please share, especially if you are a Nissan service tech.
 

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I have a 2008 with just under 28 k on it and I get a ticking when I'm fully stopped and it goes away as I accelerate. It does get annoying sometimes but the noise seems to come and go and doesn't affect performance so I haven't done much digging
 

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Not usually. And it's more like as soon as I start to roll it goes away. However the a/c light comes on by default most of the time even when all of the settings are geared to heat so I have to be mindful of that. Could that actually screw something up?

I also pulled apart the radio the other day to straighten my head unit a touch and now the air bag light is on. Can't seem to win lately
 

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I've got the same issue. It does sound like the timing chain. I wonder if the HR16DE is equipped with a variable displacement (low pressure at low rpms) oil pump. This may cause the timing chain tensioner to not be as effective in controlling the timing chain slack on the chains departure from the crank sprocket. I currently have 1100 miles on my car and dumped the factory fill oil in favor of some Mobil1 0w-30 at 1000 miles to get some of the break-in materials out. I have noticed the ticking is slightly more audible with this oil. I don't have a tach but it goes away entirely at part throttle, i would guess 1750-2000 rpm. If anyone else has this "issue" please share, especially if you are a Nissan service tech.
Ive got a 2012 S model with CVT and changed my oil a couple days ago with 1,200 miles on it to also get the breaking in stuff out. I also noticed a bit of ticking after doing so. Seems to be random. I used 5w-30 Peak oil.
 

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My 2013 SV also has this ticking when driving even my mother noticed it when she rides with me, I suspect it must be the timing chain also because the sound comes from the passenger side. I only have a little over 1000 miles on my Versa. Nissan recommends to have it checked at 100k miles, I hope this is just normal, those chains should last the life of the car.

The ticking seems to be less audible the faster I drive.
 

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Mine started @10k. Dealership told me it is the abs pump or injectors. I've built and blown enough motors to know when I hear a bad journal bearing. Its now @14k and going back for the same issue. Florida has a wonderful 3 strikes lemon law.
 

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I have a 2013 with the 1.6 and just changed the factory fill oil out at 3500 miles to Mobil1 0W30 and notice much more audicle noise in the engine at idle and just off idle, seems to dissipate at cruise speeds... I'd really like to know if this is normal! Mine almost sounds like a diesel at very low rpm, just above idle if I hold the throttle steady...
 

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Change your OIL

On the 07's it would most likely be valve tapping or a piston slap condition those are the two most common tapping locations on the 1.8L.

My 08 has had this condition since 15k miles on it and now I have over 107k on it now and running strong.
I agree, it sounds like valve tapping.
In our 2007 Versa SL with 161,000 mostly highway miles,
Castrol GTX 10w-30 breaks down after 2,500 miles.
I find when the engine starts tapping at idle, it's time for an oil change.
Not sure if changing oil W or mfg. would make a difference. Any thoughts?
 

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some times changing the W can help the condition, so long as you don't go with to heavy a W then gaskets and sludgeing of the motor oil can occur. for instance I would not go any higher than 10w-30.
 

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stay with the reccommended 5w30. any good oil will be fine. There motors are inherently noisy anyway but if it gets louder as it gets warmer then be concerned. My 2013 HR16 just had to be replaced with 5600 miles on the odo... cylinder number 2 was showing issues when the dealer performed a balance test as was the tapping/knocking getting louder.
 

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HI folks, I'm new to this site but had a question. I was stopped at a light a little while ago and noticed a gradual clicking noise that I have never heard before. It doesn't happen when I shift to park or reverse. Only in drive while fully stopped. Has anyone experienced this?
 

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As far as valvetrain noise goes, anyone here thinking about rattly timing chains causing excessive noise? Must be a Nissan design thing to use timing chains on a lot of their 4 bangers, usually it's belts for lesser noise and weight, at the sacrifice of maintenance cost. I just recently remembered these motors use timing chains, then working it out in my head the noise that I had assumed was lifter clearance tick could be the timing chain rattling around. For those with manuals who experience the excessive ticking, does the sound change when you are in that point between cruise and decel? Where the engine isn't accelerating the car but the car isn't decelerating? Try it. Be cruising in any gear and accelerate to a fixed speed, hold that speed and then lift off accelerator slightly but not completely, to get the engine to that point where it is not accelerating but not decelerating. It's hard to explain but if you do it right I guarantee the sound will change. For me it almost sounds like the whole top end is all loose. As if you are cruising around with all loose bearing caps and what not. Then remembering we have timing chains, my theory is that at that point there is no load on the chains and they are allowed to flap/rattle about because there Is no load to keep them tensioned, hence why the sound changes and ultimately the cause of the noise.
 

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Mine started @10k. Dealership told me it is the abs pump or injectors. I've built and blown enough motors to know when I hear a bad journal bearing. Its now @14k and going back for the same issue. Florida has a wonderful 3 strikes lemon law.
At 5600 miles, my engine made a ticking sound too. Tech said it was a normal injector pulse sound. Well, at 34000 miles, the sound is as loud as yours, and when put into gear it gets louder. Car is scheduled to go into the dealer Tuesday, and it will be diagnosed again. I too know that this sound is either a piston slap, wrist pin problem, or connecting rod bearing. The power train warranty is still in effect, and I expect them to honor it. If it was an normal injector sound, it would not have gotten louder over the years, but stayed the same. Hope the dealership does the right thing, but if not, I will take legal action if they try to fluff it off.
 
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