Rattling valve train

Tiny
DAMAN2020
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  • 1999 LEXUS GS 300
  • 3.0L
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 213,000 MILES
I pulled into the shop to replace the seals and fuel filter basket in the injectors. Competed the job and started the engine just to discover it now has an awfully loud rattling noise that sounds like valve train rattle at cold startup, but it doesn't go away. It did not make this noise when I parked it. I thought something might have fallen into a cylinder while I had the spark plugs out, so I pulled the plugs out and went in with an inspection camera to search for debris. Nothing, so I inspected the valves and all look fine. Removed the valve covers to check the shims everything looks fine. Even double checked the timing marks and pulled the oil pan to inspect the oil and look at main and rod caps, again, nothing damaged or broken. So, I did an oil and filter change, start the engine and it rattles badly. I'm guessing the oil pump is clogged or went out when I shut the engine off. So how does an oil pump just quit working? Now that I think about it, that is what it sounds like, that awful cold start rattle noise until the oil gets there.
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Sunday, November 14th, 2021 AT 1:02 PM

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Tiny
KENNY K
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Just to be clear, you replaced the fuel filter in the tank from under the rear seat and now this is rattling?

If so and this is now rattling, then it very well could be a faulty oil pump and just a coincidence.

So that means we need to start with checking the oil pressure in order to determine if this is related to the oil pressure.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/high-or-low-engine-oil-pressure

I attached the process below on how to test the oil pressure so let's start with this and go from there.
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Monday, November 15th, 2021 AT 3:08 PM

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