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Tappets making a constant noise

After having a routine oil change, my engine is making a tapping noise constantly (tappets). The oil had been dirty and the mechanic put a flush through before putting the new oil in. It is a 2002 1.8XEI Freelander. Please help.

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I would suggest asking your mechanic which viscosity(thickness) oil he put back in and check it against the manufacturers recommendation as if it isto thin then it will make your tappets unusally noisey if he has put in the correct oil then i would say that they were quiet because of the old gungy oil and they either need adjusting or if they are hydraulic then the lifters need replacing

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