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My engine ticks till its warm is that normal or is the rings and pistons bad or is that normal for an older high mile engine to do that?

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If your car has high miles,your hydraulic lifters are probably worn and take a while to repressure themselves with oil,so they will make a ticking or lite knocking noise,which is normal when high mileage has a role in it.Hope this helps.

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First make sure that you have enough oil in the car by checking the oil dipstick. High mileage vehicles tend to burn more oil and needs to be checked more often. If you have the correct amount of oil, your valves may need to be looked at, adjusted and/or replaced. In colder weather oil is thicker in consistency and takes longer to circulate and lubricate the engine and components which require lubrication, hence when the vehicle warms up, the oil is circulating and performing it's function properly. I hope this helps and good luck!
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All of the above older cars newer car do it its just until engine oil reaches the top and it could be ur valves clattering sometimes its adjustible but on newer cars itself adjust dont worry to much just do ur routine tuneups and oil changes

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