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Lifter noise only when startups below 50 degrees #4490414
08/16/17 05:13 PM
08/16/17 05:13 PM
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SouthernCaliforniaDesert,USA
PalmSpringsSCal Offline OP
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Ive got a 3.0 montero Sport 2001,about 135k on it.
The valve train is only recently louder than usual at start up when the ambient temp is below 50 degrees. After running for 2 min, the noise quiets way down to "normal" . When its above 50 degrees, theres never excessive noise.
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For the last 20K miles I have been using 5-30 "high mileage" oil My next move might be to something lower than 5 to see if that reduces noise when below 50 degrees for morning starts.
Anyone had this issue and solved it with oils or even"snake oil" additives?
Until then Ive put a lightbulb next to lifter cover over night when nights are expected to be,below 55 so and that does eliminate the start up lifter racket .



Any suggestions other than trying an oil less than 5/30 or using the light bulb?
Anyone had this issue and solved it with any additives?

Re: Lifter noise only when startups below 50 degrees [Re: PalmSpringsSCal] #4490417
08/16/17 05:15 PM
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In the shop
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Don't worry, FRAM isn't related to Purolator. I have faith in Jay(Motorking) and FRAM quality wink


09' Camry LE

ST 5w30 and TG 4386(filter on for second 5k run)
Re: Lifter noise only when startups below 50 degrees [Re: PalmSpringsSCal] #4490420
08/16/17 05:19 PM
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Have you cleaned the Idle Air Control Valve lately? Might as well do the throttle body as well. Replace the PCV valve if it hasn't been done in the last 60k miles with an oem one preferably.

Use a quiet running oil like Castrol Magnatec 5w30.

Re: Lifter noise only when startups below 50 degrees [Re: SatinSilver] #4490460
08/16/17 06:03 PM
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SouthernCaliforniaDesert,USA
PalmSpringsSCal Offline OP
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No...havent tried any. Ill give the cleaning suggestions a try. I did it once years ago,because disconnecting my battery made it idle irratically and cleaning it fixed it. How that fixed the idle problem I have no idea.BTW I dont recall what to clean with,do you know off hand?..was it acetone?.thx

Last edited by PalmSpringsSCal; 08/16/17 06:09 PM. Reason: mental sluggishness
Re: Lifter noise only when startups below 50 degrees [Re: PalmSpringsSCal] #4490468
08/16/17 06:11 PM
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CRC Throttle Body Cleaner at Walmart will work just fine. Maybe $6 or so.

Re: Lifter noise only when startups below 50 degrees [Re: PalmSpringsSCal] #4490473
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I second SatinSilver's idea of using Castrol Magnatec. Sometime a engine just does not like a particular oil. Do the cleaning as well.


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Re: Lifter noise only when startups below 50 degrees [Re: PalmSpringsSCal] #4490516
08/16/17 07:09 PM
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I wonder how similar your engine is to the 3.0 V6 that was in my 3000GT? It didn't "like" synthetic oil. I tried Syntec in it after I got it and every cool or cold morning it would stick like crazy on first starts of the day,but wouldn't ever do it with dino. Try an oil change with one of the legendary "quiet oils",PYB or QSGB.


1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Pennzoil Platinum 5W20

Re: Lifter noise only when startups below 50 degrees [Re: PalmSpringsSCal] #4490534
08/16/17 07:28 PM
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Since it's temperature related, maybe your noisy lifter is worn just enough that when the metal contracts in the cold it is able to rattle around.

Maybe you have an oil pathway that's partially clogged.

Try a flush. This is an interesting one.


2010 Ford Fusion SE 3.0L V6, 181 miles M1 HM 10w-30
Re: Lifter noise only when startups below 50 degrees [Re: aquariuscsm] #4490541
08/16/17 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted By: aquariuscsm
I wonder how similar your engine is to the 3.0 V6 that was in my 3000GT? It didn't "like" synthetic oil. I tried Syntec in it after I got it and every cool or cold morning it would stick like crazy on first starts of the day,but wouldn't ever do it with dino. Try an oil change with one of the legendary "quiet oils",PYB or QSGB.


*every cool or cold morning it would "tick" like crazy on first starts of the day*

^^Fixed my typo. I waited to late to edit my post.


1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Pennzoil Platinum 5W20

Re: Lifter noise only when startups below 50 degrees [Re: aquariuscsm] #4490553
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Originally Posted By: aquariuscsm
Originally Posted By: aquariuscsm
I wonder how similar your engine is to the 3.0 V6 that was in my 3000GT? It didn't "like" synthetic oil. I tried Syntec in it after I got it and every cool or cold morning it would stick like crazy on first starts of the day,but wouldn't ever do it with dino. Try an oil change with one of the legendary "quiet oils",PYB or QSGB.


*every cool or cold morning it would "tick" like crazy on first starts of the day*

^^Fixed my typo. I waited to late to edit my post.



Interesting thought. I think the blocks were the same but there may have been differences in the heads. That 3.0 was the bread and butter for Mitsubishi.

In mine, I used Regular M1 synthetic at the time and GTX in another Mitsu we had. One time I purchased Syntec for the 3.0
and got a similar response like yours. Valve train noise was up. I dumped it and went back to M1 and it was quieter.

Would leaking valve seals be the cause here? The OP has enough miles onboard to consider that.


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Re: Lifter noise only when startups below 50 degrees [Re: PalmSpringsSCal] #4490554
08/16/17 07:46 PM
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Are you sure its a lifter? My olds has noisy injectors that can be mistaken for lifter noise.


13 elantra 72k 5w30 QSUD
03 chevy avalanche 80k synpwr 5w30
17 mazda cx-5 7300 miles m1 0w30
Re: Lifter noise only when startups below 50 degrees [Re: PimTac] #4490559
08/16/17 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted By: PimTac
Originally Posted By: aquariuscsm
Originally Posted By: aquariuscsm
I wonder how similar your engine is to the 3.0 V6 that was in my 3000GT? It didn't "like" synthetic oil. I tried Syntec in it after I got it and every cool or cold morning it would stick like crazy on first starts of the day,but wouldn't ever do it with dino. Try an oil change with one of the legendary "quiet oils",PYB or QSGB.


*every cool or cold morning it would "tick" like crazy on first starts of the day*

^^Fixed my typo. I waited to late to edit my post.



Interesting thought. I think the blocks were the same but there may have been differences in the heads. That 3.0 was the bread and butter for Mitsubishi.

In mine, I used Regular M1 synthetic at the time and GTX in another Mitsu we had. One time I purchased Syntec for the 3.0
and got a similar response like yours. Valve train noise was up. I dumped it and went back to M1 and it was quieter.

Would leaking valve seals be the cause here? The OP has enough miles onboard to consider that.


Mine had around 40,000 miles on it. Ran soooooo smooth and quiet until I put Syntec in it. Soon as I heard that noise I freaked!! It literally sounded like I started it up with no oil in it. I can't remember what I replaced it with (maybe VWB or GTX) but no more startup tick ever again.


1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Pennzoil Platinum 5W20

Re: Lifter noise only when startups below 50 degrees [Re: PalmSpringsSCal] #4490572
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It would be great if the OP would have a friend to start it up while he is tracking the sound. It really could be anything. Loose spark plug? Timing belt or tensioner? Has the timing belt been changed?

I sold mine with around 130k on it. I suspect it's still running somewhere. Those motors were smooth and reliable. They did start to leak out of the freeze plugs after a while but I had the fix done. That was a common issue.


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Re: Lifter noise only when startups below 50 degrees [Re: PalmSpringsSCal] #4490663
08/16/17 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted By: PalmSpringsSCal
...I've put a lightbulb next to lifter cover over night...

Kinda like a block heater!

Forecast for PS tomorrow anticipates ~108F/79F so one can admire your proactive planning.


M1 0W-40
T6 5W-40
PUP 0W-40



Re: Lifter noise only when startups below 50 degrees [Re: PalmSpringsSCal] #4490739
08/17/17 05:30 AM
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First determine if it is in fact a lifter noise, then address it. If it is a lifter noise. Kreen, MMO, and Rislone, along with idle flushes have helped solve the problem for several members, if the lifter is plugged up but mechanically sound. Most are easily available at WMT and parts stores, and are inexpensive.


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