Re: 96 3.0 engine tick
Ticking noises can occur if a gasket is used on the rear seal retainer. The retainer was originally installed with a small bead of RTV. The gasket may cause the seal retainer to have interference with the flexplate.
Could also be Cam issue. There is a known prob on the SHO engines and issues have been raised on the 4.6 and 3.0.