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Hello, I am in South Autralia and I drive a 2005 Lancer with a 2.4L engine. The variant is called VR-X and engine model is 4G69.
The engine has started making this ticking noise that is usually caused by the hydraulic lifters but apparently this engine doesn't use lifters. So I adjusted the valves hoping it would solve the issue. But did not help at all. Any ideas what could be the problem here?
And I use Penrite HPR5 engine oil just in case you want to know. It's a Full synthetic 5W-40.
 

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I had what may be your problem on a 2004 Endeavor with the 3.8 engine. It turned out not to be an internal engine issue at all, but instead a broken weld in an exhaust heat shield. When driving, the broken weld vibrated and made the ticking noise. The ticking diminished when the engine warmed up and the metal expanded so there wasn't as much room between the two elements. Fixed the weld, and the ticking went away.
 
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