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93 festiva engine valve noise

My Festiva started to make a valve ticking noise. The oil level is ok. I removed the valve cover and rocker shafts to look at the camshafts. I don't see any wiped lobes. There is plenty of oil around the valves. The valves are all about the same height and move when I push on them. I used to rebuild Mack truck engines, but this is really baffling me. I did not run the engine with the cover off. On edit: I forgot to check the rockers for wear. I just checked. Where the rockers contact the valves, there is a difference in the size of the stepped part. I presume all the rockers should be identical.

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  • pjeaglecap Apr 21, 2009

    DOHC engine. The different step is a bump or nib that contacts the valve stem. There are two different rockers according to a Ford parts guy I talked to. 1 & 2 intake and exhaust, and 3 & 4 intake and exhaust. The difference is an offset to line up to the cam and valve stem. I put the rocker shaft back on the head last night to check my clearances, and found excessive clearance in 5 of the 8 rockers. I know now I need to replace the rockers. I have only found 1 place on line that has them. Of course Ford does not support this year car anymore. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  • pjeaglecap Apr 21, 2009

    rcampsr, I just discovered that the rockers have a small lifter in them and some of them seem to have collapsed. They are not "worn". I'm wondering if they just need to be cleaned so the oil can get into them to get them back to normal.

  • Richard Camp
    Richard Camp May 11, 2010

    Is this engine an overhead cam engine or a push-rod rocker engine? Is it adjustable lifters or hydraulic lifters? When you say differance in step size, what do you mean? Do you mean in the wear pattern of the contact area of the valvestem? Sometimes there is a differance in the rockers between intake and exhaust configurations.

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    motor making a lot of valve or rocker noise

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    why is my motor making a lot of valve or rocker noise

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    really

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You would have to read the tech manual to see if they are just shims or if the are a hydraulic type lifter. They would actually pump up with oil and hold slight pressure on the cam so there would not be the tappet noise associated with a solid lifter cam. Odds are they got gummed up and started tapping on you. Hopefully you marked the cylinders they came off of and placed them back in the same location on the cylinder head as originally installed. You don't want premature cam failure because of the mismatched wear patterns on the lifters. Good Luck, RAC

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