When does it make that noise? If you are talking about DIRECTLY after the engine starts, that's the oil coming up to the top of the engine. Not the greatest design/sound, but it has to happen. Too thick of oil will cause your chain to wear out fast/cause other premature damage. I use 10w-30, although I should probably be using 5w-30. Now that this cold weather is coming on, I will probably use 5w-30 for sure the next time I change my oil.
On my 4.6, when I crank it in the morning, or after it hasn't been running for 2 or 3 hours, I have to hold the starter over for around 4 seconds before it cranks. Now, if I'm cranking it up after 10 minutes or so of being running, it will crank up instantly. Anyone know what that could be? Weak fuel pump? Clogged fuel filiter? I didn't have the special tool to take the fuel filter off, but I have a new one sitting here.
BTW, speaking of special tools. I hate changing the brakes. TWO different caliper bolts? WTF?!?! The star bit one was already stripped out when I went to take it out, so I had to fit a pipewrench around the outside of it (worked perfect). THEN I had to use a 3/8" socket (which, thank god, worked perfectly, too) on the top caliper bolt that requires a tool that I haven't seen. Well, it didn't LOOK like a normal hex head to me. I dunno, it was dark, but the 3/8" fit. Ok, enough rambling about brakes.