The lifters could be a little gummed up. It sounds like the lifters are not holding pressure, this is nothing to be allarmed about as long as the tapping stops after a short time and there are no other knocking sounds. When the engine starts it pumps the lifter back up, then the tapping stops. I have a subaru with 137,000 miles on it. I installed a manual pressure guage. When I start the subaru it sounds like a bunch of marbles in it, after running about 5 minutes the sound gets less and less until it stops. I am running 70 pounds of oil pressure. You can add a can of lucas oil or something like stp to keep the engine lubed when you shut it off, so you don't have a dry start. When all the oil has drained back into the pan If they get too loud I would have the lifters checked and adjusted.
Friday, August 17th, 2007 AT 2:40 PM