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I've had this happen to me. Went a bit overdue on my regular oil change interval, and noticed an increase in ticking when starting up and every once and a while a ticking while driving under (heavier) loads, like uphill or accelerating hard.
Found that the oil level was low, but still reading on the dipstick. Put a quart in at the gas station and everything was normal.
I chalk it up to higher mileage on the engine, that it is burning a small amount of oil, but its not noticeable (with engine noise, can notice it if I write dipstick levels down) within my regular service interval (5000 km). I don't have any oil leaks anywhere either.
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