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I have a knocking sound in the engine when I first start it up that goes away after a few minutes. 1998 Ford Windstar with about 116,000.

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  • gerry bissi May 11, 2010

    This may be piston slap. If so, it will be like this forever and not cause a durability issue. As the piston (Aluminum) warms up, it expands and then fits the cylinder bore more tightly.

    The only other thing that can do this, is your ignition base timing is set too far advanced and, until your EGR system starts functioning after warm up, the engine will have higher combustion chamber pressures which can casue piston slap.

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    Is this a clicking sound or a hevaier knocking sound?



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Is it a low down in the engine toc, toc, toc or a lighter tic, tic , tic sound?
The lower one is quite often the main bearings, rather than pulling the engine to fix it run 10W30 oil in it instead of 5W30 and treat the old lady with respect and don't rev or drive her till the knocking stops. It stops because the oil pressure has build up. If it is the lighter ticking this is the hydraulic lifters, don't worry about it, just do the same. Make sure you don't go longer than about 4000 miles between oil changes. I put Synthetic blend in all my cars and run 5000 miles between changes.
Hope this helps.

Posted on May 12, 2009


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