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I think I have an oil lifter problem. But my montana runs really well.

Haven't tried anything yet. But when I start it up, it has this loud ticking noise. And after the engine warms up, the ticking noise is very minimal. And the oil reading on the dipstick is over half way up the stick. Does anyone have any suggestions ?

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Well you have a car that has trouble with that engine they blow intake manifold gaskets some where between 80,000 and 120,000 miles like clock work ,it should have been a recall . How dose the oil look? is it milky . How did it get so much oil in it . ? dose it get hot on you and leak anti freeze ? How many Miles dose it have on it? If you are leaking anti freeze into the oil or out side on block you need to have the intake gasket replaced if it is not to late Is the ticking noise a rod knock? if your handy check out the forms on your motor if not get it in to the shop asap.

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Hi Brie, Have you changed the engine oil regularly. Old oil can cause sticky lifters which sounds like your problem...
Oil changes every 5,000 miles are cheap insurance.

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