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wjross 04-14-2013 05:56 PM

Tick in XJ 4.0 L. Help!
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Gettin a strange sound from fathers 96 cherokee. Anyone familiar with this or similar problem? Any help appreciated!

4.whoa 04-16-2013 08:43 PM

Re: Tick in XJ 4.0 L. Help!
well, it sounds like either a lifter or rocker arm. is it stock? how many miles? I have one that gets loud when the oil filter gets dirty. the oil never gets real dirty, but if I change the filter 1/2 way trough an oil change interval, It gets quieter. If it has some miles, it wouldn't hurt to add some seafoam, it helps keep the lifters freed up.

jeep freek 04-21-2013 01:54 PM

Re: Tick in XJ 4.0 L. Help!
sounds like a rod to me :(

Derwood98 08-19-2013 10:46 PM

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Sounds like a stuck lifter smacking into a rod. Painful to watch... :(

I would also check the mechanical fan to make sure it's not hitting anything too.

kennzz05 08-20-2013 05:13 AM

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check the flexplate bolts first its a common problem and will sound like that

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yea upon listening to it again i tend to agree it does sound like lifters listen up close and see if it seems to be in the top of the motor or underneath

google youre results

smitty98xj 02-25-2015 11:17 PM

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My brothers 4.0 we done the same thing it sounds like a lifter but the flywheel flex plate whatever u want to call it was cracked.
They usually get a small crack right where the bolt head is which hides it so u have to take it off to inspect it.
The reason it sounds like a lifter is because usually loud and hard to pin point and it turns at the same rpm's as the engine.

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