On cold mornings here in California, like most older cars with high mileage, it makes some ticking/valve sounds until I fully warm up my car after a mile or two of driving. At that point, the sounds disappear.
I’ve noticed that if I blip the ignition or turn over the engine without starting the car, when starting up on cold mornings, it doesn’t make valve lash noise or ticking when I pull out of the garage.
I chalk it up to the fact that I “threw” some oil on top the head before starting up the engine fully.
I’ve only done this maybe 5 times since I found out.
Question is, is this common practice for anyone else? I fear that this actually causes more harm than good and haven’t done it until I get some confirmation from the Car Talk community.
Car: 99 Civic w/ 217k+ miles.