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don't use 20w50 that is too heavy an oil for that motor. the most i would use is like a 10w40 and that is a last resort. your valves need adjusting or the hydraulic lash adjusters may be gunked up. there is a chemical called auto-rx (search web) that could help you out. just follow the directions for it. the only other oil seals i can think of are oil pan gasket, oil filter gasket, rear main seal, valve cover gasket.
The ticking is a stuck lifter cause is usually from the oil not being changed. The transmission oil may never have been changed and now it may need to be overhauled. Is the fluid level correct and clean or does it smell burnt? Take it in for service and have them replace your brake fluid and inspect for any problems. Many people don't maintain their cars and trade them into dealers.
No. The valves are hydraulic. Pour about a coke tin amount of diesl in with the engine oil. Run the enginr to normal teperature. Drain the oil and refill with new oil. It sounds like a lazy or blocked follower. Once you do this it should disappear.