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I replaced the head on my car and changed the lifters and when i try to start it makes a noise and the engine stops

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96 Ford Ranger 2.3L ticking sound. Comes and goes. Puff of white smoke coming from exhaust only on initial start up. Slight rough idle.


The noise is lifters, the smoke is valve seals. This engine is showing signs of wear on the top end.

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My son has a 1994 Buick Skylark that is experiencing a ticking with lifters. How difficult are these to replace?..Does the head have to be removed to replace them?..Thanks


What engine?

If its a 3.1 liter try this first.

Get a can of Seafoam Motor Tune which is usually available anywhere that sells auto parts and sometimes walmart or target will also carry it in there automotive section.

With the engine cold and shut off add 1/2 of the bottle to the oil. Start the engine and let run until warm or until the lifter noise has gone away. If the lifter noise stops have the oil changed and add the other half of the bottle to the clean oil. If the noise does not stop it is not a lifter noise and lilley something more severe.

I have never had seafoam not fix this complaint on any GM V-6 or V-8!

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http://www.automedia.com/Engine_Compression_Test/ccr20050801cc/1

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depends, how long between oil changes, how many miles, try and engine flush, sometimes debrise adn sludge will cause a lifter to stick and not move freely causing the tapping noise you hear, if this doesn't fix or quiet the problem it may be to far gone, but if you really love the car get a tear down manual and go to work....put aside a weekend and about 500 dollars it'll be a job

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i would suspect that your lifters are weak therefore the noise .or the rocker arms need adjustment i would try adjusting them to specs and see if that solves it, if not either the lifters are weak and need replaced or your cam lobes are worn. if you have to replace the lifters you must replace the cam as well . please rate this thanks

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