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Mazda Mazda6 Ticking Noise From Valve Lash Adjusters Due to Infrequent Oil Changes

Mazda Mazda6 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Engines Affected: 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L V6

Average Mileage: 94,098 mi (46,000 mi - 200,000 mi)


A loud ticking noise (hydraulic valve lifter noise) may be heard from the top of the engine, particularly when the engine is still cold. The noise may occur more frequently on higher mileage vehicles; Hydraulic valve lash adjusters may need to be replaced to correct this issue. Following the maintenance schedule for oil changes will also help prevent a recurrence of the noise.

  • Visitor, , 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 79,000 mi

    I have been told I need a new engine. So it sits in my driveway for now. It needed an oil change before I went on vaca came home and my sister used it. The next day it sounded so loud like putting a card in the spokes on a bike. I am trying to figure out if it really is the engine??

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  • Visitor, , 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 96,000 mi

    Loud ticking from my 2.3 L, didn't notice it until I switched to full synthetic oil, wonder if that it the culprit?

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  • Visitor, , 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 93,365 mi

    Loud top end ticking noise when engine warms up. Diagnosed the problem, valve lifters. We are going to replace all eight of them, along with spark plugs.

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  • hanyi, , 3.0L V6, 120,000 mi

    Ticking noise/ smoke from engine

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  • Visitor, , 3.0L V6, 110,000 mi

    Ticking Noise From Valve

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  • Visitor, , 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 65,000 mi

    VERY loud ticking from engine at all times.

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  • Visitor, , 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 129,000 mi

    ticking noise from back of engine comes and gos sound like popcorn cooking at times

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  • Visitor, , 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 90,000 mi

    ticking noise from valve lash adjuster due to infrequent oil change.I don,t fixed yet, I looking for help to find out a good mechanic or automotive repair shop in Chicago Illinois 60634. My email address it is:

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  • anyone with a solution to this problem?

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  • Visitor, , 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 50,000 mi

    My 2005 Mazda 6 4cyl 2.3L deveopled a loud ticking noise in the engine , due to lack of oil. WhichI could not figure out how it did not hvae oil. The noise got louder 1 day ( 10/29/12 ) & was on my way to drop the car at the mechanic & the engine blew. Now I need a new engine & reading about all the problems it might not be worth the 5-6K to fix it since it may happen again with a new engine.

    Use to love Mazda. NEVER WILL I BUY ONE AGAIN!

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