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It is not really a "problem", just a characteristic. My engine and the hemi in my brother's Ram both "tick" and so does every other one I've heard. I believe the cause is the rather unique design of this engine. Compared to other overhead valve, single cam-in-block V8 engines, the modern Hemi's camshaft is very high in the block, changing the angle between the lifters and the pushrods, and between the pushrods and the rockers. I've seen nothing official and I could be wrong but I think that's why the Hemi has more "clatter" than other modern engines. You might post in the "General Discussion" or "Problems" forums to get more input from more people.
Whatever the reason it does seem to be perfectly normal and does not cause any problems. Step on the gas and the clatter is replaced by a grin on your face!
Last edited by kevenj; 09-18-2006 at 08:46 AM.