I have a 2000 Lancer CK2A with 4g15 DOHC engine. The engine makes a ticking noise at cold starts and goes away after few minutes. Sometimes comes for few seconds while running but slightly.

What can be the issue here? I have heard Mitsubishi engines love to tick and some have fixed it using another brand of engine oil or using engine retore..is this true? also can this be a critical issue? what can be done to permanantly restore it?

P.S. am using Castrol 20w50 Catrol GTX oil at the moment.

  • That seems like awfully thick oil for a 1.5L. What kind of oil does it call for? I'm seeing 5W30 on the googles
    – Zshoulders
    Commented May 31, 2019 at 16:13
  • @Zshoulders Im not entirely sure, the previous owner had used that oil..this is the first engine service after i bought it from him. i've seen recommendations like 5w20 in this site, hks-power.co.jp/en/product/oil/list/mitsubishi.html . you think the thick oil may be causing the tick? Commented May 31, 2019 at 16:47
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    I was going to say that the thick oil was causing it (doesn't get pumped around as quickly on a cold start), but I wanted to be sure what kind of oil the car calls for. These people trinituner.com/v4/forums/viewtopic.php?t=60153 are running your 20w50 in the same motor. I'll try to get to a real answer once I get to the bottom of that
    – Zshoulders
    Commented May 31, 2019 at 17:49

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Generically, a very thick oil like 20w50 could be responsible for loud valve train noise (ticking) at startup. An old engine with an unknown service history could also be due for a valve job - adjusting the clearances on all the valves to factory spec so they don't tick as loudly. Ticking noises could also be coming from noisy injectors.

Specifically, it does seem like there are people who run 20w50 or similar in their 4g15. For other readers, note that this engine design is actually a fair bit older than year 2000. There is an enthusiast group in Trinidad and Tobago who seem to like 20w50 and 15w40 for this engine, Link here if you are interested. From reading their forums and some mitsubishi forums, it sounds like this is indeed a very noisy engine under normal circumstances. Yours could be operating normally, with correct oil.

If the noise does not worsen or continue longer over time, I would say this is a non-issue. If the situation deteriorates, it could become a critical issue, and one of the above is likely the cause.

I was not able to find a de facto oil weight requirement for this vehicle. I read everything from 5w30 to SAE50.

  • Yes..the oil used for this engine differs dramatically from person to person. thanks alot for this insight..will keep a watchful eye Commented Jun 1, 2019 at 2:14

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