Re: Engine Ticking and Runs Rough
These engines, as any engine, are plenty strong providing all the parts involved are in good mechanical shape/repair and parts used are of good quality and fluid levels are where they should be.
I would trace the antifreeze trail to find visually where it would be coming from. It may be from the head-to-block interface and may be a faulty head gasket. You might even pull the driver side valve cover to view what's askew underneath for the noise. You might find a rocker arm misplaced, bent pushrod, leaky head bolt, leaky rocker arm stud, broken valve spring, or something out of the norm. Visual inspection is the key and the deciding factor whether you want to repair or have another repair.
It is your decision as to the repair route you decide to take. You know your limitations as to what you can do and keep in mind the available space needed to perform the work locally. if you chose to do it yourself. Tools available from your toolbox or can you rent them or borrow? Not a problem if you decide to have a vendor do the work for you, just keep the communication open and honest, but one advantage is the repair warranty of work performed - get it in writing and the conditions set forth - peace of mind for you because any vendor does not want a comeback.
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