Our 1998 has noisy lifters following a cold start as well. Errr, at least it used to, the secret is to find an oil filter with a very good Anti-DrainBack valve. The filter that works the best on our van is a Motorcraft FL-1A (available at both Walmart and Autozone, and I'm sure many other retailers), and starting from the second start after you spin it on, you will get absolutely zero valve train clatter.
Originally Posted by jmiles1960
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