Noticable Tapping in Engine on Start-up


Asked by WBW Jan 12, 2008 at 09:01 AM about the 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

When my 2007 Merc starts up, there is a noticable tapping that as the engine warms up, decreases in intensity. I believe there is a problem with a hydraulic lifter. i think the oil drains out of it or there is a blockage to the lifter.

This stated with about 10,000 mile on the car.

Has anyone had this problem or heard of it?


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I have not heard of this problem in reference to '07 models, but your diagnosis sounds right. I would have this checked out under warranty. In the older Ford engines on the larger cars, there was sometimes a bit of piston slap on cold start-up. My '84 Lincoln always had this. A Ford tech and personal friend explained that the tolerances were a bit looser which allowed the pistons to "slap" a bit until the engine warmed up.

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on that car i would guess exhaust gasket or something on that order.tapping and ticking are fairly close.just an idea for you.

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lifter or fuelinjector ticking a little until oil fuel pressure builds up.

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wouldn't you still have warranty on this car? If you do take it to them. you might have to leave it with the dealer over night so they can do a cold start in the morning, so they can hear it and see everything that might be an issue. best of luck and I hope this helps.

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