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Horrid Clicking

My kia was in a rear-end collission before I got it and my step brother spent tons to fix it. During the time it was in the shop, he got a new car, so didn’t need the newly repaired kia. So, I got it. Did some more repairs of my own and for a whole three days, the kia drove like a DREAM! Then this ticking started. At first it was only a tick or three right after I started up first thing in the morning, but now it’s lasting all the way to work and getting louder. I could SWEAR I feel it through the gas pedal and the floorboards.

Kia Sportage 1997


The word “Horrid” is mostly found in advertising copy for age-spot creme…While it makes your post unique, I’m not sure will get many answers…But here is a question. Does the vehicle have to be moving for the noise to occur or is it simply an engine noise?

…and perhaps most important of all…from what area of the car does the noise seem to be emanating, and does the frequency of the ticking increase as you speed up and decrease as you slow down? Or, is it not speed-dependent?

Along with that, does it happen when going straight, turning or both?
Does it go away when braking?

The sound starts soon after start up and goes away about five minutes AFTER the engine is fully warmed up. It is independent of speed and breaking, but it gets faster and louder the higher the rpms. She’s a manual, buy the way. If I had to guess, the sound is coming from the engine.

Thanks for your questions!

Have you opened the hood to determine the source of the clicking? Have you checked the oil and coolant levels? Note, check the coolant level when the engine is cold and check both the overflow tank and the radiator.

Ed B.

I’m mechanically DIS-inclined. My talents lay elsewhere, so opening the hood does me no good.

I’ve checked the oil and the coolant, both are where they should be.

Is there a mechanic in VaBeach willing to help diagnose?

@Stormwalker: This may be a long shot -it’s unlikely to be your problem - but it’s easy to check even for the mechanically DIS-inclined ;=). It’s worth checking because the fix is potentially free or very cheap. Or more likely, you’ll rule this out as your problem.

Sometime after dark just open the hood, start the engine, and look at the engine(without a flashlight) for small bluish pinpoint flashes of light. DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING! In the dark, any such flashes would be very easy to notice.

If you see any flashes of light, it means the electricity which should be going to the spark plug is somehow escaping from the wire and “grounding out” somewhere that it shouldn’t. It’s high voltage and would make a snap sound, maybe that’s the click you’ve been hearing. This could be a wire that’s come off the spark plug or something related. That would make the engine to run poorly - which you would feel while driving. Use a flashlight to get a better idea of where the light is coming from, so you can find it later, or show it to someone else.

Shut off the engine and if you dare, see if the source of the flash was definitely a wire that you can see out of place. Maybe you can reconnect it later after the engine cools off. If not, the next day stop at a decent looking car repair shop and tell them you suspect you have a spark plug wire fallen off and don’t know how to reconnect it, and would they do that for you. If they are nice at that shop, then you may have found a shop you can try for more work later as needed.

Since you say the noise goes away after a few minutes, this is probably not your problem, but it’s best to rule out the simplest things first so that you don’t spend money fixing things that aren’t broken.

If you haven’t noticed the “mechanics files” at the top of this page, you might use that to locate a local repair business. Good luck!

The kia shortage has sealed spark plugs. There are no wires and instead use some other impeller thingies? I doubt know what they are called, but its sealed and have no wires. I had to replace two of these things earlier. Well, my friend did,lol