How long does it take before it stops ticking from the time you start it? If it is very cold out (which living in Canada, I'm sure it is) it will take some time to get the oil up to the top and thinnned out enough to quiet the lifters. Although, I once had an engine (2002 Mercedes Benz) that did that and after I finally took the valve cover off to research, found (by accident) that there was a little loose screw that held down the oil rail. The oil would quiet this down once it got going and all the time I thought I had sticking or noisy lifters. On another car (2005 Nissan Altima SER), it ended up being my timing chain which was rattling due to the chain guide having slipped down (difficult repair) but it sounded like it was coming frm the valves. I finally nailed that one down using an auto stethascope ($13.00).
Last edited by sptt144; 11-12-2012 at 09:51 PM.