again I'm asking you folks about the noise or razzle I experience from
my hydraulic valve lifters. The car is an european Escort, you probably
never heard of it, it has an engine called Zetec, a 16V DOHC engine.
The thing is, most often when coldstarting, the razzle is there and
will generally disappear after a couple of minutes, while some mornings
the razzle is virtually gone. I understand the operation of hydr.
lifters and I realize what makes the function suck, like dirt in the
pressure-valve inside the lifter. Except for replacing lifters, is
there anything I can do to help making things better, I changed the oil
a while ago, heard it could help, but no improvment yet. Any advice is
Thanks for posting. Anyways, I changed to Mobil 1 a while ago, but
don't know what kind of oilfilter, sure it's not Motorcraft but more
like "Mann". Another poster sudgested original replacement of
So you don't believe additives? One poster mentioned a quart of Dexron
ATF, is it really possible using a bit of transmission oil together
with the engine oil?
I'm the wrong one to ask about engine oil additives, havent used one in
more than 25 years...
Havent had any valve noises in several cars at or around 200,000.
But first thing I would address, as others said, is a good filter.
Whatever Ford comes with in UK.
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
On 7 Jun 2006 10:07:26 -0700, email@example.com
Other than oil, one of the most frequent problems with noisy
lifters on cold start is the oil filter. If you are useing
a filter other than the Motorcraft filter, it may not have a
proper or properly functioning anti drainback valve. The
Motorcraft filter has a silicon valve that works well. Some
others have it but, you are on your own to figure out which
does or does not. If you change the oil and install the
Ford spec'd filter and the noise goes away, you will know.
Also, make sure you are using the correct oil. Here in the
States, Ford has gone to a 5w20 spec which will flow very
quickly on cold start and will help. These are the least
expensive and simplest things to start. Some vehicle are
sensitive to them - other couldn't care less.
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