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I had heads replaced on my 2004 Dodge team 1500 5.7 hemi due to valve and spring issue. Then lifters became very noisy so replaced those also. Truck runs ok but lifters are making noise at start up now that It's getting cold.Not sure what to do Should lifters be making noise ?

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The hydraulics will leak down after the engine has been stopped for a while . The noise on start up will be until the oil again fills the lifters. If it is getting really cold (under 32F of close to 0 c) then you may have to consider a lighter viscosity grade of engine oil (10w-20 or 15w -30) the manual will have the recommended viscosity of oil for cold areas or you can check with the oil catalogue at any auto parts store.

Posted on Nov 18, 2014

Testimonial: "Thanks, live in chicago always used recommend 5w30. This noise was never an issue until I had heads and lifters replaced.Just worried Maybe something wasn't done right!"

  • Bill Boyd Nov 19, 2014

    when doing work on a motor it is good practice to keep all the parts as they come of the engine. Most people just throw all the rockers in a bucket, lifters in a bucket, valves back in any hole The problem is that every part has a wear pattern and by mixing up the items ,the wear is not even and so there are extra clearances that will cause noises. cam shaft lobes wear to a pattern for lifters and by using the same old lifters in different positions will produce noises. If you have used new followers then remember that the cam load is worn to the old lifter. If the noise lasts until there is oil pressure and stops soon after, unless the noise is a problem to you there will be not detrimental affects to the engine providing there are no other problems apparent.

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