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2004 expedition my 2004 expedition eb has 107,000 miles. I just bought it. It makes engine noise like discharged lifters for a few seconds when starting in the morning it does not do it other wise

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  • torres108 Sep 11, 2008

    yes something similar

  • paul erickson
    paul erickson May 11, 2010

    is this a clatter like the old cars would do with loose lifters?

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    Don't have a book for dvd 2004 Expedition EB , seems to play but no external sound ,what do i need to do ?? Thanks

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    Don't have a book for dvd 2004 Expedition EB , seems to play but no external sound ,what do i need to do ?? Thanks

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    I have a 2005 Expedition EB. with 104000 miles on it. when the motor gets warm, it sounds like a diesel. I have taken it to my local Ford service, and the tech told me that it sounded like the fuel injectors, and that that noise was normal. My parents have the same year and model of expedition and theirs isn't that loud with 160000 miles on it. What should I do?


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Some 2004 F150 and 2005 F150, Expedition, Navigator, Super Duty, and Mustang vehicles may have a rattle on startup that lasts 1 to 3 seconds. If initial pre-checks have been completed and the noise sounds like it is coming from the front of the engine, replace the VCT phaser (3R2Z-6A257-DA kit). If the engine continues to make the rattle noise after the initial startup, check for other possible areas per the Workshop Manual Engine System

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The noise you refer on your Expedition.
Is NORMAL due to the use of 5W20 OIL.
If you read your manual you will find it.
It only due in the Morning or cold start.

I'm A mechanic and had a lot of people asking for that.
I call to The DEALER and they gave me all the information explained this noise.
But DON'T put a different oil. Because is the oil you should use for the all of the Engine life.

I hope this help on your question
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This may be due to old oil. I'd first try changing the oil. The viscosity of old oil may be to thin causing serious run off in the top end. All of the lubrication may be off of the valve assembly causing it to chatter and make these noises until the motor can re-lubricate the valve train.

Also, it may be due to low oil, to heavy of a wieght of oil (such as 15w40 or 20x50). I believe with most of the 04's the recommended oil weight is 5w30.

Try an oil change and see if the noise goes away. If it doesn't I'd do a quick visual inspection under the hood for rattling parts while the engine is running. It could just be a loose housing or something causing the noise. Hope this helps bud!

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My 2004 Ford Expedition was out of oil and starting making a tapping noise on yesterday afternoon. l got oil changed this morning, but still making the tapping noise. My check engine light never came on...

Might be a collapsed lifter.I'd add a quasrt of Type F ****** fluid to it(in the engine oil) and then when the noise quits,change the oil again and new filter. don-0hio

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Hi Christo.
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