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Will 20w50 solve cold start noise in hot cimate? Tercel 1998

Dear supporter, I have a 1998 toyota tercel with the 4efe engine. My climate is hot South America, generally 30 degrees celsius. I have some cold start noise. Is it wise to use 20w50? Many thanks. Regards, Billey

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  • trippleb_ben May 21, 2009

    Ok Thundergog. I found that after doing a ECM reset, the noise is a lot less, but after some days it louder and stays at a certain level. Could it be a mixture problem?

  • Anonymous May 22, 2009

    The noise comes from the top of the engine, it sounds like a diesel engine for 1 or two minutes.

  • trippleb_ben May 22, 2009

    The noise comes from the top of the engine, it sounds like a diesel engine for 1 or two minutes.

  • trippleb_ben May 22, 2009

    OK thundergog,

    Many thanks. I'll try that.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    intermittent ticking noise on holden 202 after oil change hot or cold used engine flush but changed filter and used acombo of 20w50 gtx hpr 30 penrite and vvalvoline semi /syn bout 1.5 litre of each normally only use the valvoline one that has additives in it would only tick when cold but now more frequent


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Operating in warm/hot climates, 20/50 won't hurt anything, but may not correct the problem either. If there is a mechanical problem inside a lifter, the noise will likely continue. Sometimes going in another direction, such as adding Marvel oil to the engine can be helpful if there is any gunk buildup inside the hydraulic part of the lifter, it will help clean it out. If the noise is limited to cold startup its not critical yet, but if it gets worse at any point, you will need to change the bad part.

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  • Richard Scordino May 22, 2009

    OK...back up a bit...from what you wrote, I thought you had cold start lifter noise. Where does the noise come from?

  • Richard Scordino May 22, 2009

    Sounds like lifter noise to me...common problem...Try the marvel oil thing I said before...I've had good results with that and it does nothing bad to engine even if it dosen't fix it. It won't work immediately...took a long time for gunk to form, it won't go away in ten minutes.
    Some electronic controls tick also which is why I asked what was ticking...if inside the valve cover, it's lifters.


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