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My car developed a startup ticking noise about 3 years ago.

I run my car only once every weekend for a long drive. At startup, there will be a tick tick tick noise (don't know how do describe it better) for about 4 to 5 seconds then goes away.

Starting the car while warm doesn't do this, and it also doesn't happen if I start the car the next day. It seems to take a couple of days off to begin doing this noise.

This leads me to think it might be due to the oil draining down. When it began doing this, I was running a genuine Toyota oil filter, the next year I switched to a Wix and it still does that noise. I don't think I could have got 3 faulty anti-drainback valve filters in a row over 2 brands.

I've had the car for 9 years now, always ran the same oil type, Castrol GTX High Mileage 10W30. I change the oil every year, so it's about a 3000 KMs (1800 miles) interval. Engine is currently at 174000 KMs (108K miles). No noticeable smoke.

The problem didn't get any worse in the last 3 years.

What might cause this and will that damage the engine over time ?
 

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Change the oil try a quart of Marvel Mystery Oil when refilling...I've always used 10/40w the last 30 years, 10/30 seems to me not to have good pressure at idle...
 

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My 5 M does that after sitting for a few days.I went to Toyota oil filters and it helped a little. The larger filters take more time to
'fill up.' I don't like the start up rattle at all. The lifters and/or the camshafts don't see oil right away.
I used to pull the EFI relay and crank it for a few seconds-NO rattle.The engine ran very rough for a few seconds,then.

I just wired in a start button under the hood and crank the engine(Key off) for a few seconds and that worked well.
It may come in handy when I do other work to my engine,like a timing belt..

It is attached to a bracket on the drivers side strut tower.
https://imgur.com/56wWIXR
 

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Change the oil try a quart of Marvel Mystery Oil when refilling...I've always used 10/40w the last 30 years, 10/30 seems to me not to have good pressure at idle...
Well, I have the digital dash, so I don't have an oil pressure gauge, just an idiot light if it's too low. The car actually idles well, the noise is only for a few seconds at startup.
I take note of the Marvel oil, another mechanical forum I asked the same question on I was suggested Rislone Engine Treatment, the high mileage flavor as it is not a strong cleaner (a strong one isn't recommended on an engine this old according to them).

Anyone here tried it ?
 

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Billy same old skool thing to do using Marvel also, both have detergents...I prefer Marvel do to its other properties vs ATF.

if its lifters isn't the old skool thing to throw some ATF in?
 
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