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Ack! Help!!
I have a slight problem with engine knocking when I first start up the car.
Only happens on cold starts and only lasts a few seconds.
It´s an 89 LX CFI.
I´m pretty sure the knocking noise is coming from the lifters.
Has anyone had this problem before?
Is there a quick and painless solution to this??
It might be worn seals, but I don´t want to tear the motor apart until I get some feedback from anyone out there who may have experienced this problem.

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[ Edited by ShinyBlueEscort On Date 09-24-2002 ]
 

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All that probably is that the oil has drained down to the oil pan over night....and takes a couple of seconds to get back up to lubricate the lifters when you start it back up again
 

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It´s our crappy CVH. Drew is right. Check your engine oil level. It add little bit more then maximum. And maybe use higher viscosity oil.
 

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i had the same problem, only it kept getting worse, then the day my scort died it was really bad, but i think it was a coincidence because i think something in the fuel system broke, but hell im not towing it to the shop to find out, so be worried but not too worried.
 

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If I were you I would check the gaps between the lifters and the rocker arms, and between the rocker arms and valve springs. You don´t have to tear the whole engine apart, just take off the valve cover, and that´s it. Besides, I´m sure it probably needs a new gasket if it hasn´t been changed in the past few years, so you can kill two birds with one stone. Look in a chilton or Haynes to find out the procedure for checking the clearances, and what the specs are. And you should never put more oil in the car than is indicated on the dip stick. Too much oil will put the level high enough for the crank to dip in it as it turns, causing the crank not to be able to tun as easily do to added resistance, and also whipping the oil into a nice foamy non lubricating goo. I´m sure your car really wouldn´t be happy about that.
 

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Make sure your using a Motorcraft FL-400-S oil filter. This filter with the "S" designation means it has an anti-syphon valve to help pervent the oil from bleeding down and sounding like you explain. Most if not all aftermarket filters do not have the bleedback valve.The old filter was a FL-400-A. I can get the Motorcraft "S" filter at my local Wall-Mart. Next: Higher viscosity oil will quiet the lifters but remember,never overfill any engine.
 
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