What causes a Toyota Corolla ticking noise?

I have a newer model Toyota Corolla that’s been the best commuter car I’ve ever owned — even with little upkeep. That said, it’s recently been making a strange ticking noise that drives me crazy when I’m driving or idling. What might be causing a Toyota Corolla ticking noise?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The Toyota Corolla doesn’t have any specific issues or defects that cause a ticking noise, so it could be related to a few different issues. If you’re a bit handy, you can always check a few things to see if that amends the issue:
  • Low oil pressure
  • Exhaust manifold leak or loose exhaust manifold bolts
  • Lifter issues within the engine
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