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1990 Camry Lifter Noise

I have a 1990 Camry V6 that has lifeter noise when first started, then goes away until the engine in under load or excellerating.
I have checked the valve lash and everything checks out there.
Any additional suggestions where the noise could be coming from?

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  • Jeff Jan 12, 2009

    thank you, but this engine does not have rocker arms, it is a dual over head camshaft with solid lifter/cam followers. No white washers that I have found?

  • Jeff Jan 13, 2009

    There are no nylon washers on this engine

  • Jeff Jan 13, 2009

    This engine does not have the washers you are refering to.

    Thanks any way.

    You are refering to the engine that has rocker arms and has the nylon washer on the rod that holds the rockers. This engine has solid lifters under the camshaft only.


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There should be small white nyon washers that keep the rockers from rubbing - alot of the time, these washers will break down,and "dissolve" and no one will ever know they were there.. if you go to the toyota dealer parts dept, they can pull a blown up view of the head and get the part number for those washers... install them as shown in the blown up diagram, or your chiltons/ haynes manual, and the noise will be gone!

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    Josh Crager Jan 12, 2009

    thats what i am talking about.. sorry about the "rocker" term... the lifter/cam followers are what is clicking - the washers go between the followers and the sides of the bar they ride on.. its herd to imagine unless you see it really, I had to have someone at the dealer where I worked SHOW me the washers before I could "see" where they would go... I wish I could be more explanitory... can you post a pic, or a link to a pic of the head with no valve cover? I can modify it in paint and send it back...

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    Josh Crager Jan 13, 2009

    I KNOW there are no washers, thats what is making the noise!! THEY DISSOLVE over time..thats what was wrong -- mine had the same almost sounded like a huge sewing machine...Its a 19 year old car, remember? what I am saying is....Go to the dealer...have them look up the microfische of the engine and they can ORDER the washers and SHOW you where they are supposed to go. (Since your originals have dissolved, thats why you cant see them)  Put thrm in, and the noises will be gone.

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    Josh Crager Jan 13, 2009

    if thats the case, you simply need to shim the hydraulic lifters back into spec. They have these at the dealer as well, we used to call them shims or pills... either way you just need to find the thickness you need and order them, or you can take the easy but expensive way, and just have the head reworked..


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