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My 2009 Nissan Altima has a ticking noise when it's idling and it vibrates when you come to a stop light. What's wrong wit my car?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Abel, You may be hearing a ticking noise coming from your lifters. These are 'oil pumpers' to the top end of your engine. If you are delinquent on oil changes or low on oil these can 'talk' to you in such conditions. Ensure your oil level is correct.

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Greetings Abel, A ticking noise and vibration could caused by a number of problems: Transmission, loose or broken motor mount, crack in the exhaust manifold, problem in the engine.... The only way to find out what is causing the problem is for you to take it to a trained auto technician for a diagnosis. Best of luck!

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at It could be a number of things. You would need to take it in to a mechanic.

Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive As far as the ticking noise, check the oil level. It should be between the min and max on the dip stick. If it is low, add oil before you continue to drive. Is the check engine light on? The ticking noise and vibration may be from a misfire in the motor. It is also possible that the motor mounts may be worn. Have a repair shop check it out.

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