After Starting My Car After Sitting Through A Cold Night It Makes Clicking/ticking Noises, Should I Worry

Its a 99 civic with only 95,000 miles on it. Ive noticed this winter that after the car has sat through a cold night when I go to start it in the morning it will immediately start making this constant clicking or ticking like sound. The rapidness of the ticks increases as I accelerate (faster the speed the faster the clicks) until i get to a rather high speed. Then after a few minutes when the engine has warmed up the clicks/ticks go away all together. Other than this noise there are NO issues with the Civic’s performance–the car always starts up no problem, drives smoothly and flawlessly.

Someone told me this is a sound from the valves and that “it is normal in older cars with higher mileage” so I should not worry. Is this true? Is it just the normal sounds of wear that I shouldn’t be concerned about? Or is this a symptom of the beginning of the end (I hope not)?

I keep up on the maintenance of the car religiously: Water pump and timing belt has already been replaced last summer, I change my oil every 4 months always using Mobile 1 synthetic, change the transmission fluid on regular intervals, new battery, etc.

Please give me experienced advice as I worry about my car! Thanks!

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