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Engine ticking when i start my van i instantly hear a rapid ticking sound coming from the engine. once the engine is warm the sound fades. what does this mean ?what should i do?

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That is the lifters or tappets doing that due to they could be warn out or also you have a slack oil pick up when the sound fades it means oil has reached them you will have to see a machanic to fix them around $150 to $220.

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