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Old 30 Nov 2009, 08:54 pm
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Default Honda Civic 97 makes ticking sound

When my 97 Honda Civic is started after being idle for 8-10 hours, there is a clock-like ticking sound coming from the engine which goes away after being driven for 5 mins. Any clue? - Abbey.
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When my 97 Honda Civic is started after being idle for 8-10 hours, there is a clock-like ticking sound coming from the engine which goes away after being driven for 5 mins. Any clue? - Abbey.
Sounds like valve ticks to me, but without being near the car, it's hard to tell. It happens though. Just as long as the car doesn't make the sound while you are driving it, you should be fine. If it is just valves, it's nothing to really worry about. If you insisted on getting it fixed, it should only cost about $100 at most shops.
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Old 03 Dec 2009, 07:38 am
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Default Re: Honda Civic 97 makes ticking sound

Sounds like valve ticking to me. I have some ticking on my Honda when it's cold, I'll get around to looking at it later. Someone once said to put a little bit of transmission fluid in the oil.

Otherwise let it warm up slowly, that is don't accelerate hard when it's cold.
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Old 03 Dec 2009, 08:35 am
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Default Re: Honda Civic 97 makes ticking sound

Guys, thanks for your replies.

So if it is valve ticking, is there a way to fix it? Or just do an oil change? If not fixed now, could it become a big problem later? How much will it cost to fix it?

Thanks a lot. Abbey.
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Old 03 Dec 2009, 01:53 pm
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Default Re: Honda Civic 97 makes ticking sound

It's not imperative that it gets fixed. You can wait. Just don't let it get to the point that you can hear the valved ticking while driving it.

To fix it, a valve adjustment is needed. It's not hard to do, but a shop can do it faster than you can if you haven't done it before. Shouldn't cost more than $100, if that. Most shops will replace the valve cover gasket while they do it as well.

Changing the oil won't get rid of the valve tick. It won't cause many problems to you other than an annoyance at first. If you let it get any worse, eventually it could cause some problems, but it's unlikely to be that bad right now if you notice the sound goes away after the car warms up.

To recap, dont' worry too much about it. In the spring time when you do a tune up, you might inquire about the cost of repair with a shop--don't worry yourself over it.
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