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Peter Mott ASKED THE GUIDE

Noisy Start-Up

MY MITSUBISHI Lancer ES, which I bought new in 2005, is noisy on start-up. I told my mechanic and he used a synthetic oil, which seems to do the job, but could you tell me if the noise is normal for a Lancer?

THERE shouldn't be any rattling noises when you start a car, whether it's a Lancer or any other brand. The noise could come from a valve lifter that is taking an unusual amount of time to pump up.  Sludge in the engine could be affecting the supply of oil to the lifters. Or the problem could be caused by incorrect oil used at service or, in the worst case, a lack of proper servicing.

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