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if that ticking noise increases with rpm that may be lifter noise. it happens when the lifters are not getting they lubrication it need. it may be due to "dirty"/contaminated oil and or in some engines it would indicate time to adjust them.(if they're mechanical) My Opinion This noise is sometimes also cause by your oil type. since your vehicle is over 10yrs old there is some wear in the engine. if you are still using 10/30 oil it may not be enough to provide the cushioning your lifters need to prevent metal to metal contact. what i do is i change my oil to a thicker type.(20/50) this provides additional cushioning.In a '''NEW''' vehicle this may not be recomended.In your case we are speaking of 10yrs of service and wear in the engine WILL occur. your manufacturer specified oil applies to new vehicles since obviously there is no wear in the engine they don't need the extra protection/"cushioning".

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Q: What would cause a 1994 ford escort engine to make a clicking or ticking noise?
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