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sounds like a lifter tap at 3500rpms??

well i'm new here, just got a 94 ranger 3.0 its had all the gaskets changed from the heads up.... runs fine.. 189k

initially it had a lifter tap when it was cold and you first started it.. a little marvel mystery oil and 100 miles later, that problem was fixed..

now its got what sounds like a lifter tick but its at about 3500 rpms, under a light foot..
if you get down on it it never makes a noise all the way to redline..

since i'm new to the whole ford v6 thing, I didn't know if these 3.0's had any issues like piston slap, weak lifters, wrist pins slapping, etc..

it almost reminds me of my 94 yota with piston slap..

any ideas? thanks
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165k on my 94 3.0 ranger...i hope mine makes it up to 189k.

i was having a tick on cold day starts, poured a bottle of Restore and it seemd to help somewhat.

i know 3.0's have a pinging,ticking, or whatever you call it.

maybe this can help, i am not sure if it is what you are looking for......


http://rogueperformance.com/pinging.html

also this::

http://www.misterfixit.com/deton.htm
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my 3.0 sounde like that every now n then but its got around 250000 n all original idk what it is but its not enoug to worry me and i dont have a tach so i dont know what rpms its at
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well i drive it about 60 miles a day, it never gets any louder.. soo not gonan worry about it just yet..

try some marvel mystery oil about half of a small bottle in with an oil change, it cleans out the motor real good.. an old subaru trick to clean hydraulic lifters.. (i'm a subaru mechanic not a ford mech lol)
seems to have worked in the ranger for that cold start tick
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yea my dad used to work for subaru to lol he told me they used auto tranny fluid it works great n no bugs in your yard for a week or longer
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Check your serpentine belt. Sometimes they get a seperation and make a ticking noise. I found that the goodyear gatorback belts work well on our 3.0.
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