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Tapping noise on Focus C-max (2005 1.6 Zetec petrol). Most noticeable when cold and under load. Tappets? 17000 miles on clock.Only had it a month. Performance not noticeably affected. Any ideas please?

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    Cheers mate. Will give it a try. Though I'm not sure it will be a solution.

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These things are FAMOUS for throwing valve seats..makes a tapping sound at first

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Try replacing the points and plugs and an oil change, rule this out first.

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Tapping noise


The first Zetec engine appeared in 1992, powering the fourth generation of the European Ford Escort and Orion. It was codenamed as the "Zeta" engine before Italian car maker Lancia threatened to sue Ford for trademark infringement as it already owned the name. Ford hurriedly renamed the engine "Zetec".

Early versions of the engine (prior to mid 1998) came complete with self-adjusting hydraulic valves. This helped prevent the notorious valve tapping (on the CVH) but caused other issues. The biggest problem was that a special Ford formulation of oil was required otherwise the valves tended to stick. Similarly, failure to regularly rev the engine above 4000 rpm also led to valve sticking. For these reasons, conventional tappets with shims were introduced in 1998.
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