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Collapsed or broken lifter, but can't get ANY of the lifters out of their bore

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You;ll probably find that the lifters will move up and down a little bit, but that they bind when you try to lift them out. Try a few drops of carb cleaner to help dissolve the carbon. Patience and repeated effort should see them free up.

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There is a special tool called a lifter puller. It has 2 tangs on the bottom of the tool and when the handle is squeezed it grasps the lifter. Very helpful when lifter bores are gummed up to remove stubborn lifters.May be able to get from Napa

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2.2L Engine When installing new lifters, a pre-lube should always be applied to the lifter body. It is also a good idea to prime hydraulic lifters by submerging them in clean engine oil and depressing the plunger using an old pushrod. This allows the internal components of the hydraulic lifter to coat with oil before initial operation in the engine. All lifters should be replaced when a new camshaft is installed.
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  2. Remove the cylinder head assembly from the engine.
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  4. Remove the hydraulic roller lifters from the bores.
  5. Inspect the lifter and lifter bore for wear and scuffing. Examine the roller for freedom of movement and/or flat spots on the roller surface.

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Remove the bolts retaining the lifter anti-rotation brackets ...


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... then remove the anti-rotation brackets


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The lifters are located in bores in the engine block


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Use a lifter removal tool to remove the lifters from the bore

To install:
If installing a new lifter, coat the lifter body with a suitable camshaft pre-lube
  1. Install each hydraulic lifter to its bore being careful to align the flat sides (top) of the lifters with the flat sides of the anti-rotation brackets. When properly installed the flat sides of each lifter are aligned parallel to the anti-rotation bracket. The roller at the bottom of the lifter is parallel to the camshaft lobe.
Make sure to properly align and install each lifter as improper installation of the lifters or brackets could result in engine damage.
  1. Install the anti-rotation bracket retaining bolts and tighten to 97 inch lbs. (11 Nm).
  2. Install the cylinder head.
  3. Install the rocker arm cover.

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Removing the hydraulic roller lifter from the 2.2L engine

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