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I saw an ad for a truck. F350

The owner says: slight tick on engine

What is meant by that phrase?
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tick = valve noise ( it can just be poorly adjusted valve to tappet gaps...)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tappet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTinqHReLlE

But the owner may be refering to any engine noise... depending on their engine knowledge...
It may be more serious...
Better to get someone experienced to diagnose the source of the noise.
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The seller may not allow me to take it to a mechanic for diagnosis. I could get it diagnosed locally for no charge but I'm 40 miles from the seller. His engine noise knowledge is not known and when they say "slight tick" no telling what he means compared to what is causing the noise.
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"no telling what he means compared to what is causing the noise"

Confirmed.

"The seller may not allow me to take it to a mechanic for diagnosis"

The seller must allow the car to be inspected but taking it away somewhere may be too much to ask...You may need to take the mechanic to the car.
If the seller refuses inspection, then it indicates that the seller is not honest.
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The seller could be honest and just trying to describe the engine noise.
Where he allows me to take the truck to my mechanic 40 miles away, may be unlikely and not based on anything he is trying to hide.
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Any noise can range from serious to nothing much...
You need to have hands on inspection by someone who can diagnose or at least guess what the tic noise is, and then decide whether a mechanic need be consulted.
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