2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan 3.8L 24000 km

My car is making a ticking noise in the engine. Almost like a muffled playing card in bike spokes. I especially noticed it after an oil change, but I seem to recall it being there before as well.

After the car warms up the noise disappears. The noise does not seem to be tied to RPM, however I don’t hear it until I start accelerating. It just doesn’t get any faster with rpm. I don’t have any codes or fluid leaks. Oil levels are normal.

Any ideas what this could be? What can I try doing to resolve this?

0:18 ticking starts.

0:34 I rev the car into higher RPMs to show the noise persists though RPM at the same frequency. Ticking noises will come and go throughout the video.

The car only seems to make noise when its moving.

  • Oil level.

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    Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! Anyway you could get some video/audio of the noise? Not being rpm dependent is strange. Commented Dec 8, 2018 at 13:05
  • Posted some videos of the noise while driving. Also posted videos of the car idle before and after the drive as well as the oil level. Commented Dec 8, 2018 at 22:31
  • I can hear the noise you're talking about, but have no clue what it is. Very strange noise. I do, however, have a suggestion for you. I'd suspect you have the same basic warranty coverage in BC as we do here in the States. You are well within your Bumper-to-Bumper warranty period and mileage. Take it to the dealership and have them figure it out for you. Commented Dec 8, 2018 at 22:45

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It can be the plastic cover under the car.

I have a 2016 3.8 and it did the same thing and drove me crazy trying to figure it out. By accident, my dealer fixed a button screw that had popped out of a plastic cover underneath my car. When I left the dealer the ticking was gone. This morning it was cold and still gone. I always thought it was sort of a Bernoulli Principle at work and something started fluttering when my car hit 25 mph and then stopped around 35mph.

  • Thank you for the answer. I've reworded it slightly so it does not look like a forum-like "it happens to me too" post.
    – Crowley
    Commented Oct 31, 2019 at 19:16

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