Re: EF ticking noise update
its a bit hard to work out what the noise is with such a limited description (and i know its difficult to describe over the net), but are you sure its not your serpentine belt? I had a bad ticking noise which got worse under acceleration, turned out my serpentine belt just had a bit of dust in it, and holding a pretty thick brush (not wire tho) to it whilst its running will clean it out.
So maybe you wanna try that unless you're 100% sure its the lifters? Just a suggestion as I know how p!ssed i would be if i spent $280 and found it was still there.
2002 Focus CL Hatch
too slow..............for now