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Old 05-30-2012, 07:11 PM
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Hi I am new to the site and I own a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 with the 5.7L hemi. Just recently, when I start my truck from leaving it set for a couple of hours whether I am at work or some where else it has a lifter pecking at initial start up. When I first start the truck the lifter begins to peck or tick. It idles at 1,000rpms and after it warms up after about a minute it idles at 700 rpms and the peck or tick goes away. I run valvoline 5w-20 since the truck calls for 5w-20 and have been using a fram extra guard oil filter but from what I have been told I should use a different brand of oil filter. Any suggestions, comments, or information would be very much appreciated!

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Dodge has had problems with the exhaust manifold bolts breaking in the Hemi. This creates a ticking when its cold and goes away after a while.
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Really? I didn't know that. I was at the local dealership today after work where I live in West Virginia and I asked a mechanic if he might know what was causing it. His reply was that it could be the type of oil filter I was using or that I could possibly have a leak in the exhaust manifold. I am pretty sure I don't have a leak but I did not know that there was a problem with the bolts breaking in the exhaust manifold. Thanks for your reply and help!

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Very common for the exhaust. The manifolds are such a restriction they must get hotter than hell. Mine got bad when I moved all my stuff in a 24 ft enclosed trailer from Ontario to Manitoba. 18 hours of driving time working the truck hard.
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I checked the manifold and all the bolts are there. I am getting duels put on my truck soon so I am hoping that will help. The only thing I can figure as far as the the pecking or tapping noise is a lifter. I have been using a Fram Extraguard oil filter and from what I have heard and personally seen they aren't very much. I am going to get a Mopar oil filter or a Wix oil filter when I do my next oil change and see if it helps any. I have heard that Fram oil filters restrict oil flow which could be the cause. If the new oil filter doesn't help then I'm taking it to the dealership and having it checked out. It gets annoying every time I start my truck it starts pecking and as soon as it warms up it goes away.
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Ok RamManiac and Swaggerville Ram, I owe both of you an apology. I was convinced that it was just the type of oil filter I was using. After reading a posts on here about the exhaust manifold bolts breaking and the problems numerous people have had with this ticking sound, I am taking my truck to the dealer ASAP to let them deal with it and fix it! I bought my truck in Oct 2010 used with a lil under 17,000 miles on it. I also bought an extended warranty for it. The last time I had the truck to the dealer it was for a recall on the tpms with the valve stems breaking off because they were made of cheap plastic. They replaced those with the new style. What is so ironic is that when I had it in the dealership for the tpms problem the service parts lady told me that my factory warranty would run out in january of this year. So when I take it to have it looked at for the exhaust manifold bolts I am hoping it will be covered since I bought the extended warranty and it's a recall. If not I guess I will be paying out of pocket which sucks considering I haven't even had the truck a full 2 years. As of right now it only has 32,000 miles on it. Thanks for the info and your help guys!

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my truck has had the exact same problem, but my truck was not on the recall list. My brother has the exact truck as me( diff color an 4x4) but his was on the recall list. Did you ever get it fixed and was it covered or out of pocket. thanks for bringing this up on the forum!
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I had the same problem. Sounds like it's valvetrain noise, yet goes away after a few minutes. I have 80,000 miles on my 2009. I had 6 broken bolts on the drivers side exhaust manifold and 2 broken bolts on the passanger side exhaust manifold. They had to replace the drivers side cylinder head becuase they could not extract 2 of the broken bolts. The repair is covered under the powertrain warranty.
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i had the 2 grade 8 bolts installed as per the TSB ( technical service bulletin )

shortly after that, my exhaust manifold cracked & i had constant ticking
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