2000 Ford F-150 Oil problems

Tiny
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2000 Ford F150 V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic

Until recently I have noticed a rather big problem. I've had my 2000 4x4 f-150 for about a year and a half. I useually change my oil @ 6 month intervals. Last oil change I went w/ RP. Great stuff better milage and increase in proficiancy. As of now I am a tad over due a little late in to my 6 mon interval. As I drove off to work the other night I could hear a tapping noise coming from engine. Low oil. Of course! So I attempted to "band-aid" the situation and did so a quart at a time. After 3 quarts barely a tickle on the dip stick, THERE WAS NOTHING THERE. So no leakage, none. Where has my oil gone, whats burning it up in 6 months fast enough where at these intervals theres no reserve?
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Monday, September 29th, 2008 AT 11:50 AM

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Tiny
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As strange as it may sound, I have seen that some oils burn and some dont. I have had situations where a customer switched to synthentic and began having oil consumption problems or gone from std to syn and had the same issue.I dont really know why. Did you ever have this problem before? How many miles are we talking at 6 mo intervals?
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Monday, September 29th, 2008 AT 1:59 PM
Tiny
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Maybe 5,000 + not to sure on specifics.

And just to add there was never a change from std to syn, truck has been on syn all its engine life.

I was told that the lifters could be the culprit but then again im not sure.
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Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 AT 2:55 AM
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You stated that you changed to rp (royal purple?) Now it uses oil? What I was getting at is did you have an oil consumption problem before the change to rp? Not exactly sure how lifters make an engine use oil.
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Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 AT 7:33 AM
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The lifters may not be the problem of the oil consumption, but he's pretty sure its whats causing all the tapping. And no prior to RP there was no harsh oil consumption.
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Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 AT 5:29 AM
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Theyll do that when they are run out of oil.I would go back to original brand of oil and see if the consumption problem goes away
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Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 AT 7:36 AM
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As a matter of fact, I just did a complete oil change back to the previous oil filter and oil, there was mo change however, tapping did not go away. A day later however I added Lucas stabalizer and the problem has become intermitant, meaning tapping goes away and comes back but at a lower volume.
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Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 AT 12:57 PM
Tiny
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Are we talking about a fast tap or a low speed knock? The lifters may have been damaged when it was run out of oil. Does it have good oil pressure? The seals in thelifters may have been damaged with lack of lube and that is why they will pump up sometimes, but wont consistently hold pressure
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Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 AT 4:28 PM
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First of all the knocking sound is in tune to the idle of the engine and its rev. Second the oil pressure seems to have somewhat stabalized to what used to be its norm, and they do hold pressure. But just as the knocking sound the "tac" on the oil pressure gauge is in tune aswell
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Friday, October 3rd, 2008 AT 2:44 AM
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Ok, is the noise a slower deep knocking noise or is it a fast tick? This is the difference between a bottom end noise and a lifter type tick. If the oil gauge fluctuates with the noise, you may have bearing damage in the bottom end (crank, rods).
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Friday, October 3rd, 2008 AT 7:49 AM
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It produces a fast ticking sound that is in metrenome with the bellow of my exhaust and respectfully speeds up and slows down with the rev
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Friday, October 3rd, 2008 AT 12:41 PM
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Sounds like valvetrain noise. As I stated before, the seals in thelifters/followers can be damaged from lack of oil, and sometimes wont hold enough pressure to keep quiet
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Friday, October 3rd, 2008 AT 1:04 PM
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Well I just took the truck to the dealership to find out any more info on this problem, seems that the ticking sounds are internal they did not quite specify what was wrong but they have stated that replacment of the long block would be the best alternative. Other than that I would have to overhaul the engine and chane that. Any takes?
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Sunday, October 12th, 2008 AT 2:18 AM
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They are shooting a shotgun at the problem. Hard to miss it if you repalce the entire thing. Try finding a shop that will actually diagnose and fix the problem
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Sunday, October 12th, 2008 AT 9:13 AM

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