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Engine ticking noise on cold starts

Over winter, I noticed a ticking noise in the engine on the first cold start of the day but would go away after 2-3 minutes. Over time it would get louder and last longer. Because oil changes seemed to help, mechanic thought it could be bad oil?? Now, 6 months later, getting louder and occurs on every start cold start. I have110,000 and getting plugs changed. Any suggestions for mechanic to look for?

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  • kcferreri Jun 01, 2009

    After about 5 days with the oil additive, the noise has been dramatically reduced. Thanks for the advice.

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Sounds like a stuck valve lifter. I'd use some oil additive for unsticking lifters.

Posted on May 27, 2009

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs Jun 02, 2009

    The sludge in the lifters which the additive is removing is now in the oil filter. This will reduce oil pressure, this may cause ticking again.



    You might want to do several oil/filter changes say every 2500 miles to keep the oil flowing freely. And use the additive on each change.



    That should remove a good bit of the sludge for a while.



    Charlie

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Well my friend....i had the exact same problem in my 2006 HUMMER H3....thought it was a lifter on cold starts but it is not....its the exhaust manifold...it has a leak or cracked...either way, your gona have spend money to fix it...i am paying close to 1200 for this repair in the next few days....it will only get worse and your back presure will be affected thus your fuel milage will be real bad and getting worse...i too thought it was a lifter...but the shop has cleared that right up...not a lifter but a exhaust mmanifold

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