Question about 2000 Suzuki Esteem
It's a 2000 Suzuki Esteem with the 1.8 liter engine. It has 137000 miles but I only bought it 6000 miles ago. I'm wondering if these engines need periodic valve adjustments. I think I hear some tapping.
The 1.8 is a twin cam design, which does not use adjustable lifters. That engine also has distributorless ignition and a timing chain (vs belt) The only things that need periodic replacement are the accessory belt and the spark plugs.
The engine is about as low maintenance as you can get, and properly maintained could last several times longer than it already has. The noise you hear could be sticky lifters if it is just after startup, or it could also be a rattling timing chain. If it is sticky lifters use an engine flush right before your next oil change. If it is a rattling chain and the noise doesn't go away within two seconds of engine start, you should have the chain tensioners replaced.
My 2000 Esteem wagon has the same engine, about the same mileage and pretty well sounds and performs as new.
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