What causes 2016 Ram 1500 ticking noises on startup?

Lately, when I start my car up before heading out to work, I’ve noticed a weird ticking noise. What causes 2016 Ram 1500 ticking noises on startup?

Natalie Todoroff · Answered on Dec 06, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Ticking noises in a 2016 Ram 1500 on startup are typically caused by low engine oil levels. Motor oil keeps your engine lubricated and prevents various engine components from bumping and grinding against one another. If the engine oil levels are low, parts of your engine could be running up against each other, causing that pesky ticking noise.
So, before you drive down to your local mechanic’s shop in a frenzy, take out your dipstick and check your oil levels. If they look normal, the underlying issue could be an exhaust leak or a broader issue with the ignition. In the latter two cases, it’s best to consult a professional.
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