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Hello Everyone, ns don"t article on right here too often -- and I really have to post much more often -- however I lurk around here rather a bit and I have a inquiry for girlfriend guys. I have actually a 2006 Ford Ranger XL 2.3L 5sp. I drive the hell out of this truck. I more than likely put 13k-35k miles on that a year. Many of the stuff that ns do entails a the majority of highway driving. It"s tough on my truck to say the least. The truck had actually 35k miles and also when i bought it, the had always had one of two people a ford oil readjust or Quaker State. Being the type of human that ns am, specifically at 16 years old (this is/was my first vehicle) i did some research study on the kinds of lubricants come use. I determined that the lubricant with the finest cost/benefit proportion was Mobil 1. I have actually sometimes had to skimp on the sort of oil that i use, yet I"ve always put one of two people Mobil 1 or Castrol edge Synthetic. few of the first things that ns did as soon as I bought mine truck: 1. I replaced the engine oil, after ~ flushing the end the old oil in that by doing two oil changes in under 500 miles. 2. Ns bought a k&n Filter and also have lubricated that myself. 3. I readjusted all the spark plugs. 4. I adjusted the differential and also transmission fluid. (I used artificial in the diff, and also the ideal ATF the I can find the met the specifications in mine Ford manual. ) 5. I had the O2 and MAF sensors cleaned. 6. I had the butterfly plate on the accelerator body cleaned through a ASE certified ford mechanic. 7. I"ve always put Shell, Exxon, or Texaco gas in it (until lately, as soon as I discovered that Kroger"s gas and also Shell is essentially the very same thing) 8. I use Seafoam every 3000 mile in the tank. Needless to say, being a 16 year old kid as soon as I bought it. (I"m 20 transforming 21 now) i knew that i was going come be tough on my truck, and I was, and also so I maintained on top of every solitary little bit of maintain that ns could. My poor small Ranger now has actually 75 going on 80k mile on it and I"ve maintained up with every one of the oil changes on it. The A/C doesn"t work anymore (the ranger that ns bought came through aftermarket A/C, because no A/C was equipped on the truck as soon as it to be built, but I didn"t know that till later.) I"ve payment a lot of money to have actually the A/C fixed, and every time i do, some mechanic screws me over on A/C work. I guess that"s what I acquire for being a coin pincher and also going to "friends" and also places that will be ready to execute a service-for-services exchange for my that work, which ns am extremely renowned in this town for. Anywho, just to acquire to the meat that why I"m posting this thread. It"s going on 80k miles, I"ve noticed the my truck has some noises comes from the valve train (sure doesn"t sound prefer injectors) and also I"m start to wonder if I"ve do some sort of a mistake along the way. when I first got the truck ns really didn"t have a respect for the boundaries of the engine, and to be honest with you, I"ve fight 4k however never gone over 4.5k RPMs. I"m wondering if that"s the cause. I use 5w-30 in the winter and also 10w-30 in the summer in the engine oil, because a mechanic said me to execute so, despite my truck clearly saying the it takes 5w-20. I"ve always been nervous about that. . . Particularly since, for many of the truck"s life, I"ve used a quart of lucas-oil in it with every solitary oil change. I"m wondering if the oil is also thick to obtain up into the hydraulic lifters and also is resulting in some sort of tappet noise b/c that gunk, oil, sludge or some type of dirt stuck in there. I recognize that I"ve used the finest oil, finest filters (NEVER Fram, constantly Mobil 1 or K&N, and also at the really minimum WIX), and also followed my instructions come take care of mine truck under to a T. as the days go on, the van noise gets louder and louder, and it usually quietens under as the truck warms up, yet you can still hear it. What do you guys think? would a sound record help? would it aid to phone call you that the van idles simply a tiny bit rough? How around a video? allow me know every little thing you need. I"ve grown very fond of my truck and I carry out my finest to take care of it, specifically now that I"ve get an impression up and am no acting together irresponsibly together I go in my teenage years -- and also I"ve had some an excellent memories in this truck. My score is to keep it come 500k miles on an initial engine and also transmission. -- elektron