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A. Penland, Ford Senior Master Technician, ASE
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Experience:  ASE Master Certified, ASE Advanced Gasoline Engine Performance
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2009 f150 motor ticking noise, 2 - 3 weeks, sounds like the

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2009 f150 motor ticking noise
JA: Where exactly do you think the noise is coming from? And how long has this been going on?
Customer: 2 - 3 weeks, sounds like the front passenger side
JA: Are you fixing your F150 yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I am. I will start with plugs.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: 208000 km, loss of power, exceleration is sluggish, milage is down
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  A. Penland replied 4 months ago.

What engine does your 2009 F150 have?

Is it a high pitched ticking noise or more of a deeper knocking noise?
Have you been able to scan the PCM (Engine Computer) for any trouble codes?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
it has the 5.4. the tick is not a knock if that makes sense. no code reader
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
loss of power, sluggish exceleration, milage is down
Expert:  A. Penland replied 4 months ago.

The 5.4L 3 valve engine has its share of problems. We have found the camshaft followers (used to be called rocker arms) break and fall off the camshaft and cause a ticking noise. If it is an intake valve, you will not feel much of a miss fire, because the engine has 2 intake valves per cylinder. But only one exhaust valve and if that follower falls off, you will have a severe miss fire. We have also see the camshaft phasers cause driving issues and ticking noises. They advance and retard the camshafts with oil pressure. Also the valve guides are known to go bad and cause ticking noises, but not performance issues and the noise from them are louder under the fender well than on top of the engine.