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I suspect some poor sole already asked this question before, just can't find it via magic SEARCH button.
When I start the car cold (regardless it's in the morning or not) valve noise is just sounds like it's gona loose one of the rockerarms at least for few seconds.
I've changed the oil filter to the WIX hoping that backflow preventer valve will help keeping it pressurized.
What else can I do to baby this little engine a little more. It has over 200k on it - or it seems by the odometer, non the less - the more miles I get out of the better.
Thanks!
 

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Throw in a 1/2 pint of STP and drive it.
 

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i got this same problem but i only got 178 thousand km's on my car?? so whats my POS's excuse?
 

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thank you guys!
That's what i was actually planning on doing the STP or similar. The thing is it really sounds like a lack of oil pressure at the top of the engine at the startup on cold, because when I start it cold, shut it down and immediately restart (with some oil in there already) it sounds just fine. Well, after 200+ k almost fine :wink:
I am assuming if the additives don't work I'd have to pursue the lifters route because I'll end up damaging the camshaft and that's even more money :cry:
 

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I had that problem with my Escort 1994 1.9 as well. It sounds like the clatter you get when you change the oil and you start it up. What I did believe it or not was simply go back to using factory Ford parts. I put a Motorcraft FL400S oil filter on it and Motorcraft 10w-30 oil in it. The owners manual says you can use 5w-30 or 10w-30 in it. I have 167K on my engine and the Motorcraft oil filter took away that "dry start" clatter for me. I tried Wix and Fram and sometimes my engine would clatter with those.
 
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