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My computer makes a loud ticking noise? Please help?

My computer makes a loud ticking noise? Please help? Topic: Computer case side fan
July 17, 2019 / By Jaqualina
Question: Hey, I have had the computer since 2004 and has worked fine, But about a year ago it started making a very loud and disturbing noise. I thought the computer had a virus so i removed most of the programs but it didnt seem to stop! i have tried WD 40 on the fan but the noise is still there and whenever you use the computer you cant concerntrate! please help me! thanks helena
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Etna Etna | 6 days ago
there are many fans in your system. First there is the case fan some on the front some on the sides and some rear and some a combination of them. Also there is the power supply fan and also the CPU fan. I have a feeling it is your CPU fan. What is going on is that there is a cable either from the fan itself or internal power cable or video cable or audio cable that is coming into connect with the CPU fan and is making that loud sound. How do I know I have it happend to a ton of computers and many computers I have. It is very loud and very annoying. Could be a bad hard drive about to crash those makes a loud annoying sound as well but is more random and more of a crunching or tick tick sound. The fan sounds more like a loud jet or humming sound that is consistent and fast not a tick tick slow sound like the hard drive. I would say just open your case and make sure no cables or any sort are touching or even near the cpu fan and your problem will be solve.
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Etna Originally Answered: My Honda Civic makes a ticking noise.?
As the other guy said, it's most likely your valve clearances that need to be adjusted, and they have nothing to do with a timing belt change, though they probably should have been adjusted at that time. See, the rocker arm pivots about its center. One end you have the cam lobe pushing on it, and the other end is the top of the valve stem. In slow motion....When the valve is completely closed (in the up position) and the rocker is also up, there eventually becomes more and more of a space between the rocker and the valve stem.....as the rocker comes back to push the valve down it "taps" the top of the valve. As the space gets bigger, the louder the tapping sound...hence what you hear. Now, how do you adjust the valves? No major dissasembly is required, but the valve cover does need to be removed. A feeler gage is placed in between the valve stem and rocker and you turn the special adjusting screw until you feel just the right amount of drag on the feeler gage. It's easy to mess up if you're not used to doing this procedure. Also, if the shop reuses the valve cover gasket and/or doesnt get the corners sealed up right, it will leak oil. Off topic, this is a great time to replace leaking spark plug grommets for practically no cost. With that said, any mechanic should be able to do this fairly easily, but there are many out there who will rush and not get it right because they dont spend the time to get the correct drag on the feeler gage. So dont go to the dingy shop down the block if possible. Usually, the clean shops who work on foreign will more likely get it right. When I've had it done at the dealer, they charged me $90. Not too shabby, but you probably could get it done a little cheaper at a private shop.

Claudine Claudine
WD40 is for door hinges and rusty bolts not computers. When does it make the clicking noise? If it starts when you turn it on before it boots it could be a fan. When it boots a hard drive going bad. When you put a disk in the optical drive the optical drive is bad. You should take it to a repair center as they are not allowed to handle WD40.
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Beckah Beckah
Basically only 2 things "move" inside your computer. (1) fan (2) disc drive. If it is NOT your fan, then your hd is slowly crashing. it is almost "due" because you have a 4 year old computer. The clicking noise is when it encounters a bad sector and the HD is resetting itself. Save everything / do a backup of all your data before it becomes permanent (loose all your data). good luck...
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Beckah Originally Answered: Computer making rapid clicking/ticking noise?
That is absolutely the sign of a failing HDD, I hope for the love of god your HDD is not actually spinning at 72,000RPM. I would copy data over soon to a new HDD, before the one becomes unusable. I would run HDAT on it to scan for bad sectors, then verify/write the bad sectors if you have any. Do not accidentally run HDAT on the SSD, SSD's dont get along with HDAT. The noise you are hearing, if it is the drive, is the pin hitting the head because of a bad Larel barring. There is plenty of cloning software you can get online, burn it to a disk, and boot off of it. Clone your HDD to another 1TB, good as new. Now, there is another scenario. Let's hope it is this one. I have made the mistake of getting my wires on my fans plenty of times, go around your case and make sure no wires are touching the fans, it makes a similar noise to a bad HDD.

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