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Old 04-03-2018, 04:34 PM
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Did anybody hear/read that they did something about the Hemi tick with the new model year?

My 17 started ticking occasionally when it was cold, dealer told me it is normal. BS and I got rid of the truck. Hopefully they did do something about it.
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It's a good question. Other than the hybridization, which is substantial in its own right, I'm not sure how much the Hemi engine has changed. I'd suspect that if it's still iron manifolds on aluminum heads, then the possibility is still there for the common exhaust manifold bolt issue down the road.

Both my 15' and 17' Hemi would tick a bit when they were under 5-6k miles, but quieted down after the first oil change. This mostly only happened if I were to start the truck up, turn it off and then quickly start it up again. Just my observations anyway.
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When I did my oil change Friday, I drained the Penzoil, refilled with Petro Canada Supreme Synthetic 5W20 and no more cold start tick.

Try different brands of oil.
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my 13 and 17 both ticked but not often
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Switch over to Full Synthetic 5W20
it all but made the tappet tick go away
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They shouldn't tick at all. For whatever reason the lifters bleed down and that is a design flaw FCA needs to address, there is no excuse and it is not normal. The Hemi is a modern engine and not some first design hydraulic lifter engine from the 60's.

Don't get me wrong, I had many Dodges or Rams and like them but will not get another Hemi powered Ram until it is fixed.
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They shouldn't tick at all. For whatever reason the lifters bleed down and that is a design flaw FCA needs to address, there is no excuse and it is not normal. The Hemi is a modern engine and not some first design hydraulic lifter engine from the 60's.

Don't get me wrong, I had many Dodges or Rams and like them but will not get another Hemi powered Ram until it is fixed.
It might be a while

I find this "tick" is subjective. I had a 2001 Frontier with a 3.3L V6 that ticked at startup as the lifters filled and had a buzzy-bee type noise up front of the engine. Never missed a beat, though.

Now I have experienced what someone mentioned above - a loud(er) tick for a few seconds after starting, moving, stopping and restarting the truck in quick succession. It would be nice if they would fix it, but Im not sure its damaging or just a nuisance.

As far as Im concerned ALL engines make some kind of ticking noise(s). You should hear my G37 at startup! It quiets down some eventually but still you open the hood and you hear a ton of things "ticking" and "clicking" away.
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I disagree with you on that because in my opinion when the lifters tick due to bleed down there is some wear until they get pressurized and quieten down. I know, it might be minute but it can't be that hard to change the design and fix it.

My wife's BMW doesn't do it and I am driving a 2018 Tundra right now and it doesn't do it either and we had some single digit temperatures here in Missouri.

So, I am hoping for the best because I really have my eyes on a 1500 Longhorn Hemi e-torque next year. I can't wait to test drive one with e-torque, it should be up to par or better then the F-150 3.5L EB I had at low RPMs.

As you can see, I am not a brand specific fanboy (well, wouldn't buy a GM due to looks) and buy what I like at the time and meets my requirements. Anyway, the 3.5L EB torque at low RPMs is second to no other gasoline engine in a 1/2 ton truck, FCA might just topped that with the e-torque system.
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So far my 2019 Ram 1500 isnt ticking and hopefully it stays like that, but the 2014 i had did do it a little when it was cold out but only for a couple seconds
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So far my 2019 Ram 1500 isnt ticking and hopefully it stays like that, but the 2014 i had did do it a little when it was cold out but only for a couple seconds
Congratulations on your new 2019, you must be one of the first owners to have one. I hope you will not get the ticking, but then, maybe they did fix it after all.

How do you like the truck?
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