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 Post subject: Tapping EF at idle
Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:49 am 
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Hi everyone, I have a 1996 4L which has started tapping at idle, got louder after a service.

Sounds like a lifter/tappet but is there an easy fix?
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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:27 am 
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Re Check oil level to confirm the right level.
What grade oil was used and what conditions the engine in?
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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:56 am 
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lifters for sure.

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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:17 am 
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Does the tapping go away once the car has warmed up or is it there all the time?

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:32 am 
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Should invest in some Lucas oil stabilizer, I swear by the stuff. On my old motor it stoped all tapping and bearing noises on start up, and on my new motor I started using it with full synthetic oil after 3000 ks and instantly after oil change it was extremely quiet and so smooth to free rev. It's good stuff I reckon

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:53 pm 
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Running 10-60, which replaces 20-50. Oil is at the correct level and its at idel all the time.

Think will try the lucas, havent used that since I owned a Land Rover :)
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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:22 pm 
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I dont care whether they say 10-60 is a replacement, I would NEVER run anything other than 15w40/20w50. This could be where your problem is coming from. Too thin oil = not enough pressure = rattles.

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:59 pm 
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Yes always run a 15w40, there's alot to choose from. I found penrite is a great synthetic oil to go with the stabilizer btw

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:48 am 
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I run penrite hpr30 20w60 and swear by it.
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Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:55 am 
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Pakrat wrote:
I run penrite hpr30 20w60 and swear by it.


15w40 is what our older i6 engines are designed to run on. I don't understand why people use anything but.

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:19 am 
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Exactly...

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:55 am 
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HPR 15
HPR15001, HPR15005, HPR15010, HPR15020, HPR15060, HPR15205
Full synthetic engine oil formulated primarily for use in "older" engines that require SAE 15W-50 or 20W-50 grades such as pre 1997 Australian family cars. HPR 15 may be used in many applications where SIN 15W-50 and SIN 10W-70 were recommended.
Key Specifications: API SN/CF, ACEA A3/B4, M2C-153E/M2C-902A3, Opel B0401013 , MB 229.1
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Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:59 am 
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Sorry my mistake its 15w-60
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Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:16 am 
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kkrose wrote:
HPR 15
HPR15001, HPR15005, HPR15010, HPR15020, HPR15060, HPR15205
Full synthetic engine oil formulated primarily for use in "older" engines that require SAE 15W-50 or 20W-50 grades such as pre 1997 Australian family cars. HPR 15 may be used in many applications where SIN 15W-50 and SIN 10W-70 were recommended.
Key Specifications: API SN/CF, ACEA A3/B4, M2C-153E/M2C-902A3, Opel B0401013 , MB 229.1


I don't see 15w40 anywhere in the recomendations.

 

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No but 20w-50 which is recommended by ford.
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