I have read the few threads I found on this topic but none really help on e bit. The ticking is coming from the head but not sure if it will hurt un hard driving conditions. The sound goes away when going up hills but returns when I level out or go down hill. There are many things I read like timing, bent valve, and other things. Will it be bad if I race it like that. OOOO one more Q, when I turn the key the fuel pump will not kick in at times. If it does it generally means it will start and be fine. Others it willl start but die right away, then when I try to start it again, my pump wont kick in and it will just sit there and turn and not start. The reason I threw the Q in there is it related to the ticking proble. Thanks for the help.