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Oil pressure can read 40 pounds, rev the engine up

Oil pressure can read 80 pounds plus, also when first cranked the motor don't seem, by the noise of tapping, to have pressure and continues with noise too long. The engine shows full and is not dirty. The tapping noise concerns me because it sounds as if there is not enough oil pressure. Thanks

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Valve train noise is common in this line of engine and in no way will harm the engine, it is just a sticky cam follower

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