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Sounds like a valve tick in cylinder 4 or 5. Used a stethoscope to listen. Definitely a top end noise. Any ideas as to what may be causing it? 1993 inline six

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It could be a valve that needs adjusting, maybe too loose. You could also try to change the oil and go to a different weight oil. This is something that is overlooked when the seasons start changing. In the winter it's best to use a different weight oil than you do in the summer. Good Luck. Also I would use a engine cleaning agent if you're going to change the oil. This will get the valves,rods and other internal parts cleaned of gunk. Once this is added to your engine, let the engine run at operating temp for 5 min. shut engine off and let it cool, this will let the gunk drain to the pan. Then you can proceed with changing the oil. You will notice the oil to be real black if the engine was cleaned good. It's best to do this the next 2-3 oil changes.

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