A measurement technique is presented to detect and quantify piston pin tick noise, thereby aiding optimization of piston pin bushing design. Furthermore, the characteristics of two types of piston pin noise are described. The first is caused by excessive clearance between the pin and the connecting rod bushing. A noncircular clearance between the pin and the connecting rod bushing causes the second type of the piston pin tick noise. Finally, a process is discussed to consider pin tick in the design and verification of the piston and connecting rod assembly. The method presented could also be used to investigate other unusual engine noises.