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Noisy lifter(s)? Holden Barina

I have a 1996 Holden Barina with 176000k on the clock. Only used to get to work and back (12 k round trip). When the engine is running there is a "ticking" sound which I thought might be nosiy lifters but after checking a few old post's regarding noisy lifters I see mention was made of a pinhole in an exhaust. When you acclerate the noise is louder. I was going to change the oil/filter and put in some additive to try and remedy the problem. What type of oil (brand / viscosity) should I use? How would I find a "pinhole" in the exhaust - I had a quick look over the car but couldn't find any holes. The exhuast is a bit loud which makes me think maybe a small hole somehwere. Any thoughts/suggestions/advice greatly appreciated.

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It could just be your injectors openning and closing. Stick a piece of fuel line or something similar one end in your ear other end on the injector. unplug the injector then replug it to see if it is your noise.
Good luck

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hmmm... might have misread the question here, but crank her up and run your hand along the exhaust, from back to front, inner and outer, even a pinhole surely you'll feel a bit of air pumpin out.. Like I said I might have misread the question... I would have thought any hole in the exhaust would make more of a choofing noise, ticking I would lean towards lifters, although I had a little hyundai excel work car for a bit and it had a ticking noise which turned out to be the injectors...

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Tailpipe with your hand and a rag while the car is running. it should stall or nearly stall. if not may be an exhaust leak. ticking sound exhaust wise normally points to manifold area and will usually be worse when the car is cold. using a peice of hose like said above around the manifold and flange gasket will help you find the leak if it is exhaust. good luck

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Tailpipe with your hand and a rag while the car is running. it should stall or nearly stall. if not may be an exhaust leak. ticking sound exhaust wise normally points to manifold area and will usually be worse when the car is cold. using a peice of hose like said above around the manifold and flange gasket will help you find the leak if it is exhaust. good luck

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Ay it apears you're from brissy area mate.. Interested in catching up sometime? Pretty scarce to see similar cars around...

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used some engine oil treatment (Nulon) today to remove the crud in the engine, dropped the oil, changed filter, new oil and lifter treatment (Nulon) and no more noise. Very happy.

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