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Trouble with a sticking lifter, any suggestions on how i can loosen it up without pulling the top apart? i dont have the resources for a new lifter at this time

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Pour a cup of transmission fluid in to the crankcase. (engine oil) Just leave it in there, and drive it. It should do something in a few minutes.

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1991 mazda miata mx5 1.6L. Can I simply loosen timing belt, and remove the cam(s) with the gears still attached to access the lifters? (for cleaning and/or replacement)

That is a tricky question! Some engines use BOTH ENDS of camshafts for certain things! Are the lifters above the valves? If so, and you pick up the cam(s), the valve lifters could (1) fall out, or (2) fall apart! You DON'T want to mix parts up like that! But what you CAN do, is loosen the cams, then put a piece of black plastic electrical tape around each valve lifter, so they cannot fall out, nor fall apart when you lift a cam out!

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How to instal valv lifters

Pull intake off pull off valve covers,loosin rocker arm bolts and remove ,, pull push rods out, after you have the push rods out you can pull the lifters out,,,,,,i suggest taking to a mechanic shop,,, if all you have is a ticking sound try this,,, buy a can of chemtol spray,,,chemtol only,,, with the little red straw for spraying,,,remove valve cover,,try to see if you can hear which lift or lifts is ticking,,,turn off car,,,loosen not remove that rocker arm,,,slid to the side,,count your turns,,,move rocker to the side,,, take chemtol spray and insert little spray straw and spray it down the hole in the center of the push rod ,, it will clean the lifter of the debris that is not letting it prime up,, repeat if nessary,, it works,,, see YOU TUBE,,, dirty oil causes this,,, put in clean oil and some lucas oil treatment to help prevent in future,,, keep oil changed ,,if it starts ticking again change oil and add more lucas,,, it might fix itself

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Replace lifter on 5.7 hemi

I take it you have determined which lifter it is? The task is relatively easy if the lifter in question is not heavily worn by the camshaft. Remove the centre manifold and various pipes etc. You will have to drain the coolant system.
Remove the centre or valley gasket/shield to expose the lifters and push rods. Re determine which lifter it is and turn the engine until that valve is closed, releasing most of the load on that push rod. Remove that rocker cover and loosen the nut/bolt in the centre of the rocker arm until you can release the push rod. Now here is where it gets tricky because as a matter of design the lifter rotates during operation to even the wear on the face of the lifter and cam. You can get a tool from a parts house or online that has 2 small jaws that you expand into the face of the lifter under the top groove and you can pull the offending lifter out. Its quite possible that after high mileage there is a burr on the lower end of the lifter face and you should not apply more than moderate force to extract the lifter. If you do you risk pulling the burr through the block bore and effectively reaming it oversize, this is not good and could affect the fit of the replacement.
I regret to say that if its tight to extract, the only solution is a block strip in which case get a kit of camshaft and lifters and replace all parts. If the lifter has failed due to sludge, which is a common problem on v8's, then its likely they could all soon be in trouble. It is possible on some lifter designs to disassemble the lifter, clean all the parts and replace it in the block but you have to weigh up the time taken to do the job plus parts as to whether its better to take the whole engine out for rebuild. If mileage is high, lots of short runs, cool conditions leading to low oil temp and sludge then consider a rebuild before bothering with one lifter.
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Think i have a bad lifter in my 2000 buick lasabre,it was riding fine then all of a sudden its making a ticking sound on top! how difficult is it to replace the lifters?

Quite a bit of work--this is a pushrod engine. You need to remove the fuel rail and both upper and lower intake manifolds. Then both valve covers. Loosen the rockers until you can slip them off the pushrods. Pull the pushrod off the lifter to replace it. You may have to rotate the crankshaft a bit to get all the lifters up to where you can pull each one out. I can send more detailed instructions including torque values if you decide to do it.


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How do i change lifters in 95 falcon have sticking lifters got 12 new ones want to know how to put them in myself not sure where to start or wot tools i would need

sound like you are prety new to the wrench game. the best suggestion I can offer is to go down to the local parts store and buy a book. that will get you started and will help on future problems.
Also I would never change lifters alone, I would suggest changing the cam and lifters as as set
you will get a lot better results

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Replace lifter

Lifters are usually replaced in sets with the cam or rods and rockers, replacing just one lifter, rare, but if it is making noise, then just locate the trouble maker, you can run the engine with the rocker cover off, find the bad one, shut of engine, loosen up the rocker, twist it out of the way, pull the rod out, then go in the hole with a piece of heavy wire, rod, steel, with a cut in the bottom to hook on the lip of the lifter, then pull it out. Put it all back, you should be all set.

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As far as I know all hydraulic lifters can go bad, collapes or stick. And yours are definately hydraulic lifters, rollered yes, which will make them more durable, but they can go bad. The machine shop should have down a leak-down test on the lifters. That is the only way to determine if the lifters are good. I would check that you have proper oil pressure, I'm sure you do. I bought a "rebuilt head" for a Saturn DOHC engine, and the machine shop never did a leak down test on the lifters, and I had the samething happening.

Mar 16, 2010 | 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe

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Oil not getting to back rocker, push rod clear. had a new head gasket put on, pulled head to see if it was put on backwards, it was not. how do you replace lifter.

Since you already have had it apart, you know at what point you can see the lifter. Lifter pulls straight up out of its bore, new one drops right in. If cam contact surface is worn concave, you need to replace cam as well. Always use assembly lube on lifter/cam contact surface when installing.

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