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Loud Lifter possibly stuck! Help please!!

I have a 1991 Subaru Loyale (manual trans/4wd w/315,000 miles). My car sat for about 3 yrs because the water pump had went out on it & my independent subaru mechanic has been sick w/cancer so I just parked it until he could fix it. Well, he fixed it about a month ago & I have been driving it for about 3 wks w/no problems but now all of a sudden I have a very noisy lifter rattling.
I had the oil changed because it sat for so long & there are no other mechanics in my area that work on Subaru's. (My long time mechanic & friend just lost his battle with cancer). I have 2 Subaru's this one & then a 1996 Legacy Outback (auto trans AWD) that is burning oil. The back hatch is always covered w/oil specks. I have 2 problems. Can you help me? Thank you so much & God Bless!!

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The ticking lifter on the Loyale is a common problem. There's a small o-ring between the cam tower and the head that, after so many hundreds of thousands of miles, would "fail" (not to a dangerous point) and the lifters would be partially starved of oil. It's not THAT serious... they can go hundreds of thousands of more miles like that. If you replace that o-ring, replace it with a spring reinforced ring so it doesn't fail. Those can be found at wwwdotthepartsbindotcom. As for the Legacy... those early 2.5s were cruddy. I've seen alot of them throw rods, lock up WAY before they should have. Best bet would be to replace it with a slightly underpowered but bullet-proof early model Legacy EJ22 or go with a newer EJ25. I would just go with the 2.2L.

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