My Hemi Tick is GONE - 2022 Ram 1500 Purrs Like a Kitten Now! (2023)


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Hey, there guys so let's talk about the Hemi Tech there's, been countless videos and posts on forums.

And on owners groups on social media over the years about the way that these Hemi engines have a tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, sound to them and uh, you know, there's, perhaps more than one thing that can cause a ticking sound in an engine, especially an engine like this, uh.

But usually when people talk about the Hemi tick, they're talking about the lifter sticking.

And this truck right here, this one's got 5, 000 miles on it.

Now and from day, one, it had the tick and uh.

So we know that it's not the exhaust manifolds because it's a brand new engine, um, I'm, 99.99 sure that it is a lifter tick.

And when you would notice it or when I would notice it, you know, most prominently would be upon cold startup first thing in the morning or let's say, I parked the truck and I come back a few hours later and get in it to go somewhere.

When you first start the truck up, it was really pronounced, you know, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick.

And then after the oil pressure builds back up, which only takes, you know, five seconds, then the taking would really decrease, and you could barely hear it.

It still had a little bit of a tick, a little bit of a valve train tick.

But it wasn't nearly as bad after that.

But that first start up in the mornings.

It was pretty disconcerting, especially on a new engine.

Well, the point of the video is that I have completely cured that this engine right here now has zero ticking.

No clacking, no ticking, no noise whatsoever.

And it was actually pretty simple to fix here's.

How I did it that's? Right? That's? How I did it now I don't want you to pay a whole lot of attention to the brand because I actually have used a few different brands.

The important thing to note here is that this is full synthetic oil and even more important than that.

The viscosity 5W30 now there's been a lot of debate about this and I'm, not going to get into it.

You guys can run, whatever you want to in your engine, it's your engine.

You bought it.

You can run whatever you want to in it I'm, not telling you what to do my engines, never ever see, Zero w20 oil.

And this Hemi Will, Never, As, Long, As, I own.

It we'll never see Zero w20 oil.

So at 5, 000 miles, I, drained, the oil.

This was about a week or two ago.

And when I was draining the factory fill oil out of this thing, it literally looked like water coming out of the oil pan.

It looked like black water.

I mean, it's just it's ridiculous.


Now, obviously they 20 years ago when this engine debuted, they didn't expect zero w20 oil.

You know, this is something that came along over the last so many years as a result of automakers reaching for as much fuel economy as they can possibly muster up.

Because you got to remember they sell hundreds of thousands of these engines every year.

So every fraction of a mile per gallon, they can save when they're doing their EPA testing and certification saves them money.

So that's, what they're after when there's when they're doing like the multi-displacement system on these engines and the 0w-20 watery oil, they put in these engines that's.

Why they're doing these things they're trying to get as much fuel economy as they can squeeze out of them, but for the consumer, the guys like us who buy these things we don't care about that I don't care about 0.002 miles per gallon.

Okay that doesn't mean anything to me, you know, what I would rather have is an engine that runs smooth, quiet efficient and lasts a long time and that's.

Why I still all these years later, stick with 5W30.

Now again, this is the Valvoline full synthetic Advanced, I actually went to the store to get Pennzoil Ultra Platinum.

It doesn't really matter.

Most of these oils you buy at the store are all pretty similar.

They've got different additive, packages and things in them.

If you do virgin analysis on them, you'll, see different, you know amounts of zinc or this and that.

But for the most part, they perform pretty similarly so that's, why I said, don't get hung up on the brand here.

This is just what they had.

The Pennzoil Ultra Platinum was completely sold out so I bought the next closest thing that had.

But the main thing is the 5W30 full synthetic.

Now when I put this oil in this engine, I also put a Purolator, uh, oil filter on there appear later, one oil filter, which is about nine bucks.

One of the best oil filters.

Money can buy the ticking.

Immediately went away on this engine, even in the mornings, I mean, it's 30 degrees out here right now, cold start this morning zero ticking.

Zero, I mean, this thing sounds perfect.

Now, hers like a kitten runs great fuel.

Economy is still great it'll, still knock down exactly the same fuel economy.

It was doing before and I have peace of mind.

Now that on the warmer days, when I'm towing with the truck or whatever the case might be this viscosity is going to hold up a lot better.

You know in a V8 engine.


So just wanted to mention that to you, you know, there's a lot of talk out there about, you know, I really don't want to tear the engine down and try to figure out why my engine's ticking or whatever the case might be if you're running that watery zero weight.

Oil I would suggest trying this, but some good full synthetic 5W30 in your engine, run it for a while and just see what happens because I, really still believe in my heart that these engines were not redesigned specifically for that.

Oil that's.

What you hear people say all the time, the engineers know better than you do they designed the engine for that oil? No they didn't.


They didn't.

We just we just said this a minute ago, this engine's been around for 20 years.

Now it came out for the 2003 model year.

We first saw this engine back in 2002, it's, 20 years, old, okay.

And back in those days, you couldn't, even hardly find zero w20, oil, I don't, even know if it existed back then and it's, not like they just completely redesigned the engine.

When these new oils came online, they didn't, you know, same same cylinders and everything you've got in here that you would see on an older truck.

So 5W30 works great in these engines.

And in this particular one, it really seems to love it.

Anyway, I'm not going to continue to ramble.

But the point is the Hemi tick is gone.

And it was simple to do and I'm really happy with that makes me feel a lot better having a good high quality oil in here.

Now that I know can handle, you know, the Heat and hold up to the way that I use my truck, but the five-way and the full synthetic still flows.

Well enough that on these really cold winter mornings as soon as you hit, the key it's going to immediately start pumping oil you're going to be fine, no, excessive wear.

In fact, it's probably going to reduce wear in this engine.

And you know, the cam and lifters and everything will be happier with the 5W30 also just better lubrication.

You know, so you got the Hemi tick, especially on a newer engine like this where you know that it's probably the lifters and the valve train, you know, you might want to try that give it a shot, can't hurt right? All right? Guys, that's all I got for now too cold out here.

I'm going back in we'll talk to you later.


How do you fix a Hemi lifter tick? ›

If you suspect that dirt or debris is causing the engine tick, you may be able to fix it by using an additive. Changing to a higher-quality fuel and higher-quality oil may also help. Using high-quality synthetic oils is one way people avoid developing the Hemi tick.

Does the 5.7 Hemi have a tick? ›

A Chrysler “Hemi Tick” lawsuit alleges that several vehicles with Gen III 5.7-L or 6.4-L Hemi 392 V8 engines experience bucking, surging, misfires, rough idling, ticking noises and engine failures.

What is the lifter problem with the 5.7 Hemi? ›

Hemi engine lifter failure is a common issue that can occur in the 5.7L and 6.4L engines. One of the primary causes of this problem is a lack of oil flow and pressure, which can lead to wear and tear on engine components, including the lifters.

Why does my engine make a tick noise but it goes away? ›

If the ticking noises remain, the issue may be due to the oil pressure. Meanwhile, if the noise goes away after revving the engine, it's likely you have an exhaust leak. Leaks on the exhaust manifold may point to different causes including bad manifold bolts or studs, a blown gasket, or a cracked or damaged manifold.

Why do RAM engines tick? ›

The most common reasons a Dodge Ram 1500 engine makes a ticking noise are low oil level or pressure, an issue with the ignition system, or an exhaust leak. Search our network of RepairPal Certified shops near you to speak with a technician about your issue.

Can lifter tick go away on its own? ›

Often, a lifter tick will be most prevalent as soon as you start the engine, and may get quieter or disappear completely as the engine warms up. You may also notice the sound is more prevalent at idle. If you hear lifter noise, get it checked out.

Is it worth fixing a lifter tick? ›

If your engine has a lifter tick, or tap, you need to have it fixed as soon as you can, because it can cause serious and expensive problems with your engine. How Many Different Types of Car Engine Filters are there? There are a number of different car engine filter types.

Can you drive a truck with a lifter tick? ›

You might think you can live with a little lifter ticking, but after a while, it may start to drive you crazy. More importantly, it can indicate a more serious problem you will want to address before having to make a major repair. Also, lifter ticking can distract you while driving, which can quickly turn dangerous.

What is the bad year for the 5.7 Hemi? ›

Even if these models have a lot of miles, if you find a good deal and you can verify the truck has been well-maintained, you might want to take a chance on them. Here are the Dodge RAM 1500 years to avoid: 2003, 2010-2013 (5.7-liter V8), 2014, 2015, 2016.

Why is my Ram 1500 ticking? ›

According to RepairPal, insufficient engine oil or pressure is the cause of bothersome ticking noises around thirty percent of the time. If your engine oil and pressure all check out okay, other likely problems could be: An exhaust leak. A problem with the ignition system.

Is it bad to let a Hemi idle? ›

Idling won't do it harm. Especially for 40 minutes. The big thing is the water build up in the exhaust that you wouldn't want sitting there.

How do you get rid of an engine tick? ›

How Can You Quiet Your Car Engine? Once you verify the lifter ticking is not caused by a worn-out lifter or some other damaged part, the best thing to do is change the oil. Get rid of all the oil currently in the engine and flush it out before adding new oil.

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