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Hello fellow two-fivers. Just purchased a 2002 ES with 94,000 miles. Never owned a Mazda before so I figured I'd join the club. Anything I should inspect/look out for/replace out of the gate? It seems to run good but I have no reference. Seems like a louder than normal ticking from the top of the engine. It sat for a period of time in an old man's garage, not sure for how long. I've heard that can create the ticking noise from lack of oil but idk.

Please link me to previous threads that cover what I need to know or help me out here. Thank you! 

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The 2002 is a pretty solid car. The 98-02 V6 is a KLG4 and has solid lifters. I think those have to be shimmed in order to be fixed unlike hydraulic lifters which are mostly maintenance free. It is odd because I never had that issue with my 99 for the 100k miles I drove it.

I would suggest getting some fresh oil in there with an oil change. The KL oil filters are tiny, but luckily there are other filters with the same threads and diameter which will work. You should be able to find that information on this forum. If you don't have a factory service manual, check out http://www.pmx626.info and get the 2001 service manual (2000-2002 should be the same).

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