Originally Posted by NetworkTV
That would cause a chattering noise at a much faster rate. It would sound like pebbles being poured down a drain pipe.
Depends on the engine and lifters. Pretty much all of my big V8's had that startup tick unless I used STP or Motor Honey in them.
Honestly have no idea if the V6 design is such that lifters can drain down and tick a bit or if this would go away with a bit of one of the thick goop additives.
The only other tick I can recall is the evap cannister but thats more of a tock tock tock than a tick tick tick.
Exhaust issues along the line of leaks tend to have a spitting sound.
Big V8s with steel headers can have a tick from the exhaust when cold that is not a leak, just poor noise insulation.