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Erik writes:

This morning I pulled in to work and a pal stopped me to ask about his 2006 Ford Explorer. Every week in the past he carried out an oil change on his four.Zero-liter V6. When he was altering the filter, the outdated oil filter’s gasket caught on, however he didn’t see it and double gasketed it. When he fired up the engine oil spewed in all places. The oil degree ran low earlier than he found it and shut off the engine. He kitty-littered the driveway, re-installed the filter, and topped the oil again up. He began the engine and his lifters began ticking. As I stood there speaking with him, I might hear a number of lifters ticking. Is there a secure and dependable technique to get the lifters pumped again up with out disassembling the highest finish?

I googled “Ford four.Zero lifters ticking” and apparently the engine household has points with lifters ticking after they get outdated, however I can’t discover something pertaining to lifters ticking after operating the oil degree low. The suggestions I see are to run thicker oil, Marvel Thriller Oil, STP oil remedy, Lucas oil stabilizer, ATF, and many others. Are any of those an affordable resolution for his downside?

I’ve additionally learn to simply drive the truck as regular and the ticking will go away. That is what I’m inclined to advocate. Do you’ve got any higher information?

Please let me insert a tip I discovered as a technician: if you change your oil filter, all the time wipe off the filter sealing floor and you’ll by no means have this downside.

Sajeev solutions:

Be it an OHV or OHC configuration, the Ford Cologne V6 was plagued with valvetrain points, although the stereotypical first or second proprietor (those proudly owning earlier than deep six-figure mileage) by no means knew about it. Even when Ford Cologne V6 lifter tick is fairly pungent.

It stings the nostrils…however in a great way!

They’ve accomplished research, . 60 % of the time, it really works each time.

Okay, severely: the one within the video above supposedly has 229,000 miles, and that’s not my Ranger fanboi tolerance talking. And, in keeping with the Web, the 2002 and newer fashions obtained upgraded timing chain elements. I reckon your pal did no hurt after the oil filter leak: fashionable machines make low oil strain points much less life-threatening — it’s one factor of my Puffer Fish principle.

And what if main hurt was accomplished? Who frickin’ cares! The Cologne V6 is silly widespread at junkyards, a couple of hundred on the native pick-n-pull, a number of hundred extra from www.car-part.com, and you will get it shipped to your storage. Certain, that’s not free and it’s a metric ton of labor for one weekend, however I do know you (i.e. you LeMons racers be so resourceful!) so that you’ll make it occur. You are able to do it!

[Image: Ford]

Ship your queries to sajeev@thetruthaboutcars.com. Spare no particulars and ask for a speedy decision for those who’re in a rush…however be real looking, and use your make/mannequin particular boards as an alternative of TTAC for extra well timed recommendation. 

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