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On a cold start there is lots of valve tapping for a few seconds then goes away. It is a 2.2

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Have you changed your engine oil to a thicker grade for cold weather? Try 20/50 engine oil.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013

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SOURCE: engine tapping when cold, drive for 2 miles goes

Very Possably you have the wrong Engine Oil in your SUV It should be a good quality 5w30 motor oil

Posted on Nov 21, 2011

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