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How to adjust the lifters on the pontiac montana. Or replace them. And how much does it cost.

Haven't tried anything yet. The oil on the dipstick is clean, but it's more than half way up the stick. And on start up, it's loud and ticking. But when the engine warms up, the ticking is very minimal.

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Try draining the oil to the required limit , there will be a min and max mar on the dipstick,the noise on start up is the excess oil trying to be pumped around when it is cold , also excessive oil can leak out of the main crank seal into the clutch housing and cause damage there

Posted on Nov 27, 2014

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SOURCE: 2003 Pontiac Grande Am Gt 3400 engine

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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Check out the exhaust manifold.
When it heats up the metal expands and closes the gap on the leak a little. When it cools down the metal contracts and the leak is loud when you first start up.
What your describing sounds like a exhaust manifold leak.

Posted on May 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Lifter ticking when I start my 1999 Chevy Tahoe

Your lifters have become clogged over the years. Its only after the oil warms up and thins out does it allow oil to "pump up" the lifters. That's why it goes quiet after 5 min. There are several different brands of additives on the market that can fix this problem ,unless you have a more serious mechanical problem, which I doubt.Check your local auto parts store for the additive. Just add it to your oil and "wham!" problem solved. Good Luck!

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

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SOURCE: noisy lifters

more than likely you will need new lifters but i have gotten away with substituting 1 quart of atf for one quart of oil on an oil change that seems to work good and make sure you don't use any thick oil treatments and are running 5w30w oil..

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SOURCE: how to solve engine lifter tick noise

Get the heads worked on or replaced it might need a valve lashment.

Posted on Jul 01, 2010

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I think I have an oil lifter problem. But my montana runs really well.


Hi Brie, Have you changed the engine oil regularly. Old oil can cause sticky lifters which sounds like your problem...
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Good you changed the oil. Keep an eye on it. It should stay a nice clear color for about a thousand miles. Sounds like a lifter is bad. Good idea to change them all if you change one. If it doesn't get worse, and doesn't cause any other problems, some people just live with it.

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The valve train has an automatic tensioning system. The hydraulic lifters take up any slack in the system. There is no adjustment. If you hear a lifter noise there are a few possibilities. You could be low on oil, ou could have a problem with a lifter, you may be long overdue for an oil change, you may have a rocker bolt that is starting to dock out. Here is what I would do. 1. Make sure the oil level is full on the dipstick. 2. Get a can of SEAFOAM MOTOR TUNE (12 oz) You should be able to get it at at any good parts store. 3. Add one half of the can to the oil. 4. Start the engine and let it run until the noise ges away. 5. Change the oil 6 add the other half of the can to the new oil and drive until your next oil change If the noise doesn't go away than it is not a lifter noise. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them. Thank you for using FixYa.com!

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My 2002 pontiac montana is making a knocking noise. I thought maybe it might have something to do with the oil but i really don't know? can u help me. you can here it when u start driving and sometimes...


Knocking can be a symptom of worn engine bearings, a worn wristpin on a piston or piston "slap" Engine bearing problems cause low oil pressure and are serious. Lifters can also become noisy from an internal malfunction or wear, sometimes they can become noisy with low oil pressure which is related to either bearing problems or an obstructed oil pump screen. Servicing the lifters in that case will not fix the problem.
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