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Does this sound normal?

2014 ATB w/ around 30k miles. I noticed the engine has like a ticking sound to it. Do these 5.0L v8 SC engines have a vanos? Fuel pump? Lifters? It seemed louder on the left side (passenger side) of the engine cover. This was on a cold start. It may have quieted down once it warmed up but can’t 100% recall.


also getting a “low battery” message on the dash? “Low battery please start the engine”? Failing battery?
 

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Hmm interesting. At 30k miles I’d hope there wouldn’t be something up with the SC...or the engine in general.

Wondering if this sound is business as usual or something of concern. If the SC V8 is not a long lasting engine (150k miles+) I might want to think elsewhere. I have 195k on my 4.4L v8. L322
 

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I've had many different vehicles and once I get to around 75k miles, I start looking to sell it because it seems that's the mileage that vehicles start to require more maintenance service and attention. If I ever kept a vehicle past 75k miles then I had extended warranty coverage...just for peace of mind. This is my approach with any brand, not just Land Rover.
 

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It’s not the supercharger. My supercharger has a slight knock on it but only at startup and not when revving the engine. That is a valve tick, and it sounds like it got low oil at one point or overheated. Run Forrest Run, your engine has problems.
 

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The supercharger would sound like marbles, but only on hot start up and literally for 3 seconds and then goes away it’s really a slight noise. When the car is in drive it’s gone. My 5.0 SC has 87k quiet as a whisper and doesn’t burn a drop of oil and I got a year left on CPO warranty!
 

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Valve guides, lose timing chain, bad lifters your throwing good money after bad.
 

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Wait so you listed several different things. Which is it that you think is causing the ticking? So this isn’t how the 5.0 SC usually sounds then?
 

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Exterior and especially interior look brand new. It definitely looks like it was babied inside. Rear seats look like never been sat in.

Got under and took some pics

Some rust on it. Canister has some rust. Looks to be surface rust. Not sure what this part is
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Also looks to be a small leak on the rear diff? There is a plastic box right in front of the hitch that appears to have some blow back oil on it. The plug you can see has a drip on it.
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What do you guys think? I’m planing on telling them I want to take it LR for a PPI.
 

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Found this video of a brand new RR with under 100 miles on it for comparison. From the 1:45 mark on you can hear the engine in between the revs. I can hear the same faint ticking on there too.

My video was my phone wedged down beside the engine cover so it could have made it sound louder


My video was my phone wedged down beside the engine cover so it could have made it sound louder
 

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FYI the timing chain noise sounds like a diesel at idle.

Some 5.0 SC are not as loud as others with this “chatter”. Mine has always been this loud. You can also feel the ticking and the injector ticking in the cabin through the seat if it’s extremely cold outside

I had the dealer check out and they found the timing chain/guides within spec. They also said this noise is normal and as the engine ages it’s more noisy.
 

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I just watched some videos I took on my phone over the months and the nose is 100% indentical. I’ve heard fuel pumps are loud too on this motor

The noise is more noisy on the drivers side vs the passenger side
 

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I just watched some videos I took on my phone over the months and the nose is 100% indentical. I’ve heard fuel pumps are loud too on this motor

The noise is more noisy on the drivers side vs the passenger side
yes it does sound like a tractor or diesel at idle is the best I can describe the chatter as. Thanks for looking into. Although it seemed a bit louder on the passenger side of the engine e cover on this one...you mentioned it’s louder on your driver side.

so now that we have the engine sound squared away...what do you think about the rest of the concerns? I’m a little worried about that rear diff leak. The other things I’d assume are just typical surface rust.

And the “low battery please start the engine” I would assume is a sign the battery is on its way out and to have them put in a new one if I’m going to buy it.
 

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I’m sorry fellas, I respectfully disagree here.

I had 2016 5.0 supercharged l405 Autobiography. I currently own 2013 5.0 HSE with 104,000 on the clock, and I currently own a 2014 5.0 supercharged Autobiography, neither of the engines are that loud. I ignored the service guidelines and change the oil every 3-5k.

That ticking noise is louder than normal. I’ve never heard a ticking engine inside the drivers compartment in ALL 3 OF MY RANGE ROVER FULL SIZED. EVER! It’s whisper quiet even with the slight super charger knock.

Ok, please don’t take our advice, just get a ppi at another dealer, plan to spend 3-600 bucks for a service tech to go over the vehicle, I would go to an independent tech and have them be brutally honest.

Please get it looked at. There are a ton of used l405 vehicles with better engines and even CPO warranty!

Don’t listen to any arm chair internet mechanics.
 

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Ray, I was in your Range Rover last week I didn’t hear a thing, your car is whisper quiet.


hmmmm...that's interesting. I wonder if my NA 5.0 has that noise. I've never noticed it but I will be listening from now on. Mine has only 52k miles on it so far and the engine has been great.
 

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I’m sorry fellas, I respectfully disagree here.

I had 2016 5.0 supercharged l405 Autobiography. I currently own 2013 5.0 HSE with 104,000 on the clock, and I currently own a 2014 5.0 supercharged Autobiography, neither of the engines are that loud. I ignored the service guidelines and change the oil every 3-5k.

That ticking noise is louder than normal. I’ve never heard a ticking engine inside the drivers compartment in ALL 3 OF MY RANGE ROVER FULL SIZED. EVER! It’s whisper quiet even with the slight super charger knock.

Ok, please don’t take our advice, just get a ppi at another dealer, plan to spend 3-600 bucks for a service tech to go over the vehicle, I would go to an independent tech and have them be brutally honest.

Please get it looked at. There are a ton of used l405 vehicles with better engines and even CPO warranty!

Don’t listen to any arm chair internet mechanics.
Ray's is a NA not a SC FWIW.

It wasn't as loud as the vid in person standing in front of it. I wedged my phone down in the engine so I could get a proper recording of the sound (the dealer is right off the highway so I didn't want passing cars to interrupt the sound). You can tell when I brought the phone out of the engine over top of the engine cover the sound is quiter. The sound I heard seems to be identicle to the other video above which you can hear from 1:45 on....that engine has less than 100 miles.

I do plan on getting a PPI. There is a Land Rover dealer right down the road from this car dealer. This RR is at an "ultra luxury OEM dealer", so I'd hope they would only acquire good examples for their used cars but that could be putting too much faith in them.

Thanks so far for the responses. Still open to hear more opinions....
 
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