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Engine Tick After Oil Change

Hi all, I am new to diesels and would like to hear some opinions about a ticking noise that appeared after the first oil change I performed on the truck. The oil used is Valvoline 15W-40 and the oil removed was Delo 15W-40. I noticed the sound once the truck started post-oil change and began immediately with the engine cold and persisted throughout the temperature range. The tick matches the engines RPM's and if I could isolate it to a quadrant, I would say it is coming from the drivers side rear of the engine. I tightened down the fuel line clamps (the 8mm ones) as many other threads advised doing, and too no avail.

It could just be that I did not notice it prior to the oil change, as the truck is relatively new to me. Either way it seems like an issue that needs to be addressed. I have a video with the noise but apparently the site will not let me post links, so search youtube "5.9 Cummins Ticking After Oil Change" and it should be the first result and is 0:21 seconds long.

Any insight would be appreciated!

Also, while checking the dip stick prior to starting the truck post-oil change the new oil was dirty from simply making its way to the oil pan; is this normal? or should another oil change be due soon?

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Welcome to the forum! Really need to add some truck details (year, options, mods) to your profile to get targeted advice. An oil change shouldn't make any difference in sound once oil has circulated in the block - especially if you used the same viscosity. The tick you describe sounds like valve train or injector noise. Sometimes you can find the exact location with a mechanics stethoscope. Depending on your mileage, you may want to start by adjusting your valvetrain. Injector problems can usually be diagnosed with a kill test and/or contribution test. You can also try a heavy dose of Power Service in the next couple tanks in case you have an injector that's sticking.

It's normal for the oil to be instantly black after a change. The injection events associated with a 5.9 common rail soot up the oil immediately after an oil change.
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Sounds exactly like any normal 5.9 stock HPCR 3rd Gen Cummins.

Dump a couple bottles of zddp additive in the oil. The CK diesel oils now have low levels, helps quiet the solid tappet valve train and all its moving parts in the bridged rockers 4 valve per cyl.
This or any or quality zddp additive



Add an ounce of Walmart SuperTech TC-W3 outboard lube for every 2 gals of diesel in tank. Quiets down the CP3, lift pump and injectors, reduces wear. Smooths cylinder combustion.
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What MDSWA said...

It's likely you just noticed it, with it being the 1st Oil change you done on the Truck.
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Thanks for the advice everyone, I took the valve cover off to take a look and it looked good underneath. Iíll give the additives a shot one at a time to see if they make a difference in the sound.
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check your injector line brackets-might get lucky

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He checked them, stated in 1st post.

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Also send in an old oil sample to an oil analysis lab, lots of them listed on the forum or bobstheoilguy.

Put a real oil pressure gauge on it. Record cold start idle, hot start idle and 2000 rpms on the hwy psi for future reference and post here.
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