2000 Ford Winstar

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Old 04-29-09, 05:30 PM
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2000 Ford Winstar

We just got this 2000 Ford winstar, I think it has a 3.8 V6, front wheel drive.
It started this tapping noise, that sounds like it is coming from the black enclosure on top of the motor (Not sure what it is, it sits where the carberator on older cars would sit). You can mainly hear it just after you start it, once it has been running awhile you don't hear it.
 
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Old 04-29-09, 05:53 PM
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Have you checked the engine oil level lately ?
Sounds like a sticking lifter
when cold / low oil pressure lifter sticks, valve makes a sort of tapping noise.
after running awhile, oil pressure rises, lifter begins operating somewhat normally.

let us know how ya make out...
 
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Old 04-29-09, 06:33 PM
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Oil was full, a little, dirty, but full.
 
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Also if it was the lifter wouldn't it sound like it was coming from the engine?
 
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Old 05-18-09, 03:07 PM
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Sounds often travel and are hard to figure out the source. A lifter making a little noise on startup as suggested would be a prime suspect. As it goes away, probably not something to worry about. Do you keep your oil changed on a regular basis? That will help prevent things like sticky lifters, etc.
 
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We just got this vehicle a few weeks ago, it is a little over due for an oil change though.
 
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Have the tranny serviced, too, unless you know for a fact it's been done recently.
 
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