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    I've heard that this is normal for Miatas, but I just wanted to get your take on it. Under cold starts, it sounds like theres a bent valve, but quickly goes away.
    I don't know if it just takes few seconds to get the oil up or what...
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    2006 Subaru WRX STi
    1992 Mazda Miata
    1990 240SX SR *RIP*
    1999 Acura Integra GSR *SOLD*
    1978 Jeep CJ7 *SOLD*

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    RE: Ticking

    hydraulic lifters.... it's going to happen and is completely normal. I used to run Rotella 15/50 and it stopped all the lifter tick.

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    • #3
      RE: Ticking

      like mike said, its just lifter noise. nothing bad at all.

      changing your oil will make it temporarily go away.
      DIE WHITE GIRLS

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      • #4
        RE: Ticking

        Yep, and engine flush can help that too....followed by the right oil and filter.
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        • #5
          RE: Ticking

          Yeah, it's a scary noise. Only when it never goes away do you need to worry. :)

          Originally posted by miata5620
          Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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          • #6
            RE: Ticking

            Lol ok, I figured it was the lifters, just wanted to make sure
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            2006 Subaru WRX STi
            1992 Mazda Miata
            1990 240SX SR *RIP*
            1999 Acura Integra GSR *SOLD*
            1978 Jeep CJ7 *SOLD*

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            • #7
              RE: Ticking

              I've tried a bunch of different oils in my previous Miata and the current one, and they both seemed/seem to like Castrol GTX 10w-30 the best. No clatter whatsoever, even on cold start, for about 3000 miles at a time. It lets you know when it wants its oil changed. :)

              I'll be going solid buckets/shims at some point though...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RotorNutFD3S View Post
                Yeah, it's a scary noise. Only when it never goes away do you need to worry. :)
                So if it does not go away then what? I have tried some additives, i'm going to try changing oil every 1000 for the next 2 or 3. I need to pop the cover off and replace the gasket anyway (small leaking that is getting annoying) is there anything that I should take a look at while I'm in there? This is on a 99 if that makes a dif.
                I believe I have a blowby issue as well ie. add 1 qt. of oil every 1500 or so black tailpipe good gas mileage.

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                • #9
                  I've tried everything. Only 1 thing worked:

                  http://www.miata.net/garage/hla/cleaning.html

                  Then again, mine was BAD. And I did it while the engine was already in pieces so it wasn't a big deal. Try to keep all the parts for each individual lifter together as they tend to 'wear in' to each other over time. Switching them around can cause issues. If you want the tub of "don't touch this; don't breath this; don't even look at this stuff or it will murder your family" carb cleaner, let me know and you can have it. I have no use for the stuff anymore.
                  ~Andrew
                  Atlanta Region SCCA
                  D Prepared Miata

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by adjake View Post
                    So if it does not go away then what? I have tried some additives, i'm going to try changing oil every 1000 for the next 2 or 3. I need to pop the cover off and replace the gasket anyway (small leaking that is getting annoying) is there anything that I should take a look at while I'm in there? This is on a 99 if that makes a dif.
                    I believe I have a blowby issue as well ie. add 1 qt. of oil every 1500 or so black tailpipe good gas mileage.
                    Well, you need to look elsewhere because you do not have hydraulic lifters. 99+ utilizes solid lifters, so there is something else going on there. However, you could try using Rotella as Doppleganger suggested to see if it's a lubrication issue anyway.

                    Originally posted by miata5620
                    Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by adjake View Post
                      So if it does not go away then what? .
                      As you have solid lifters you could check valve lash to see if its within spec...or try different oils are Eric suggests.
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