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Change the engine oil and filter.Use a fully synthetic oil this will stick to the lifters where other oils drop down to the bottom of the engine when switched off. leaving the lifters dry. The oil has to travel back up to the lifters when cold and that's the noise you hear.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

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Get the heads worked on or replaced it might need a valve lashment.

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