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2003 Silverado push valve

When i turn on my truck in the morning it makes a tackling sound my friend told me it was a push valve. I want to know if this right I don't want to spend the money on something that doesn't need to be fixed. I would also like to know if this is hard to fix or is it something I can do myself. The noise is usually in the morning when the truck is cold and after I drive it for about 10 mins. it goes away. Please help.

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  • beowulf69 Feb 03, 2009

    There isn't a chevy silverado,avalanche or tahoe from factory new that I have not heard this noise, I am told it's common and nothing can be done????

  • Richard Delahant May 11, 2010

    your discription sounds like a valve lifter, your friend called it a push valve, basically the same. It is a job, the whole top of the engine has to removed to get at them, wires, hoses, fuel rail,maybe the distributor, once you get the intake manifold off, you'll see the push rods that are sitting in the valves.also the rocker arms need to come off and readjusted when put back together. First off you to find to find which one it is. there's more to it also.



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Unless it smokes, you can live with it. I am guessing you have more than 70k miles and that happens.

The lifters get sloppy with age and you may try using 10-50 , or 20-50 W oil which will probably quite it some.

ypically the noise is greater when it is cold and then gets quieter as it get warm and tolerances close up.

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