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The engine sounds like it needs a valve adjustment. I am told there in no adjustment required on this vehicle. What is the best way to reduce the engine noise?

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Sounds like a lifter may not be pumping up (assuming that it's hydraulic) You can add fuel treatments/ additives that helps lubricate the top end of the motor/piston. Also I think there is such stuff like honey bee oil, which is an extremely thick oil to help with valve seat leaks and blow-by etc..... May want to try 5 min motor flush to help clean the top end to see if it clears it up.

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