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Ran low on oil, now i have a tapping noice? could

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Fill oil to full level and immediately start vehicle let run a few. Drive for a day and see if things change. How long was it low and how low was it at what speeds were you driving? I hope it was just low and you will be fine. I would also do a oil change on it using a little heavier oil for summer use Instead of the 5w 30 oil recommended

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Sounds like lifters

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