2003 Kia Spectra Q&A
2003 Kia Spectra Question: Ticking noise
My 2003 Kia Spectra has a ticking noise when it is idling. I only notice it when I am outside the car and not in it. It has only been a couple thousand miles since the last oil change and the oil level on the dip stick still shows full. So I know it is not low on oil. I am just not sure what the problem could be. - cmo
Did you use an original equipment Kia filter? Some aftermarket filters can cause some issues with oil flow. An easy and cheap diagnostic step would be to replace the oil and filter with a high quality filter - use a Kia filter to be sure. Beyond that, some diagnostic steps are in order to determine what the source of the noise is. - DaveJHM
The noise could be an exhaust leak coming from an exhaust gasket. - Larry Brown
It has been some time since your original post but if you haven't solved it this may help. If you have solved it, let me know how as I am working on a friends Kia. I pin pointed the ticking noise, accompanied with some vibration, to the valve case. I could hear the ticking and feel the vibration while holding the pcv valve. - linka11netzero
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The car idles rough below 2k rpms and has over 200k miles. There is a ticking noise and vibration that can be felt while holding the pcv valve. Going to replace the icv when par...