Ticking noise on 2003 Kia Spectra

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.

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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.
The thing about it I get my oil changed at Grease Monkey and I have never had this problem before, and I have been getting it done at the same place for a while now. Also something that I noticed this morning is I smelled a fuel smell when i went into the garage and my wife told me she smells it every morning for a little bit after she drives off. Would that me normal to smell if is parked in the garage all night?
The fuel odor is a separate issue - may or may not be normal; an engine performance diagnostic test can be performed to see if there is any abnormal fuel trim issues (more fuel getting supplied and wasted than necessary).

The noise - even with consistent service at a single point - any time you use a non-genuine oil filter of unknown value, you are risking engine issues. It may not be the problem at all - it's just that it's the only variable from original equipment - and any variables need to be addressed before going through with extensive engine noise diagnosis.
My car is now doing the same thing. I smell fuel and I have the ticking noise. What was wrong with your car?
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The noise could be an exhaust leak coming from an exhaust gasket.
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.