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I have a bmw 2003 325i e46 i changed my oil with castrole 5w 30 when i started the car i heard a noise like tik tik tik is the oil to thin should i go for a thicker oil like castrole 10w 60 can you help

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You can try a thicker oil. But it sounds like a valve lifter may be going bad. Try an additive to see if it makes any difference. May be that the pump did not pump the oil right away. Run the car for a while . See how it sounds.If the ticking gets worse it is probobly one of the lifters.

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