Ticking at Low RPMs

Tiny
KEKEPANIA416
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'92 Mazda MX-3, 1.8L DOHC, Manual, 11,150 miles

The engine is clicking/ ticking at low RPMs (Under 1.5) and [ticks quieter] when I push in the clutch.

I saw a similar post for the '97 pontiac. Someone answered that a lifter is not getting enough oil until the higher RPMs, however I'm not sure what action to take. I'd rather not ruin the gasket if I don't have to. And could there be any other explanations?

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Kekepania
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Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 AT 4:21 AM

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Tiny
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When was the last oil change? What weight oil was used? Does it do it all the time or just hot, cold?
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Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 AT 7:59 AM
Tiny
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Hot and cold.

20W-50

I dont know when the oil was last changed, [I'm not the primary owner/mainainer] but it looks brand new, and its full.

And this just started last night.
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Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 AT 8:11 PM
Tiny
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Sounds like it could very well be a lifter. If you are going to replace one of them, I would do them all.
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Thursday, November 8th, 2007 AT 7:19 AM

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