Why would a 2010 Ford F-150 have a ticking noise coming from the engine?

I recently started hearing a ticking noise near my truck’s engine. What causes a ticking noise in the engine of a 2010 Ford F-150?

Matt Nightingale · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Ahh! Ticking sounds aren’t fun to hear.
A 2010 Ford F-150 might have a ticking noise coming from the engine for a few different reasons, including cam phaser issues.
A cam phaser controls valve timing by adjusting the position of the camshaft in relation to the crankshaft and pistons. If a cam phaser goes bad, your valve timing will be out, and you will undoubtedly hear a ticking sound.
Ford F-150 cam phaser problems aren’t the only thing that can cause a ticking sound in your engine, though. Here are some other common causes of engine ticking:
  • Low oil
  • Faulty spark plugs
  • Worn-out lifters
  • Haggard pulleys
Some ticking sounds are normal, however. Injectors, PCV valves, and purge valves can all make ticking noises as they execute their regular duties.
If you’re worried about a ticking sound coming from your Ford F-150, your best bet is to take it to your local Ford dealership and have it looked at. Car maintenance issues can be expensive, but you can offset these unexpected bills by reducing your
Ford F-150 insurance costs
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