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Car problems I have a 1999 mercury tracer that has 184,000 miles. I'm the third owner....just recently purchased the car for my teen and now I'm being told that it needs a valve lifter. I'm curious as to how well this make/model car will stand up even after the repairs? Does this vehicle have a strong or weak reputation for the most part? A great analogy to that would be toyota or honda vs. the reputation and dependability of a jaguar. Been there done that one too. Lol!

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Befor you make a call on the lifters you may want to see when the last time the timing belt was done and if there is no info as to when it was last done I would check the timing first and if the marks are off. the belt may be streched and that could be what is causing the niose.Even if the marks are on I would still change it or you could bend your valves. Im guessing the engine is a mazda engine and a 16v from what your decribing it sounds more like a timing belt and not lifters . If I am wrong I would reccomeng doing a oil change and use castrol 10w 30 synthetic its saved me several times.

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IN-VEHICLE REPAIR Valve Tappet Removal
sxf~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: If removing more than one valve tappet, mark the components removed for proper location.
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