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Engine has a ticking noise on start up but goes away after warming up

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  • Richard Scordino May 29, 2011

    Noise could be a sticking valve lifter or a small exhaust manifold leak that closes up when it gets warm. Try a good quality viscosity improver in the oil. If it helps, keep using it.

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This is a sign of worn valve lifters/rocker arms or worn connecting rod bearings. Try having an full engine oil flush, and oil pan&pick up screen cleaning. If problem persists, the engine may need to be repaired internally ($400-over $1k) or rebuilt or replaced in the near future.

Posted on May 29, 2011

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SOURCE: Lifter ticking when I start my 1999 Chevy Tahoe

Your lifters have become clogged over the years. Its only after the oil warms up and thins out does it allow oil to "pump up" the lifters. That's why it goes quiet after 5 min. There are several different brands of additives on the market that can fix this problem ,unless you have a more serious mechanical problem, which I doubt.Check your local auto parts store for the additive. Just add it to your oil and "wham!" problem solved. Good Luck!

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SOURCE: engine noise when cold but goes away when warmed up

That is oil not getting in the motor. go with a light high mileage oil my want to use some marvel mystery oil to keep the walls slick.

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SOURCE: ticking noise in engine before engine warms up stops when warm

might be a bad lifter

Posted on Apr 22, 2010

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