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2003 Pontiac Grande Am Gt 3400 engine

Engine makes loud ticking sound if oil is at the full mark on dipstick if you add extra oil ticking goes away, I need to add oil about every 300 miles, no smoke out exhaust, would valve adjustment cure problem?

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You can pull the valve covers and inspect the rocker arms, but you may have a bad main or rod bearing. im leaning toward the main bearing being spun, at least.

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Fig. 1: Grasp the engine oil dipstick and withdraw it from the tube

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Fig. 2: Observe the oil level on the dipstick and add oil if it is low

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