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Is valve adjustment a part of normal maitenance on 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.

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    _-__-___-_ Sep 29, 2013

    old, but 1.8L is HLA (so next post is WRONG) the answer is NO!

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    _-__-___-_ Sep 29, 2013

    see 1.8L facts here.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    is ther a vidio to add. valve lash on 1.6 8 valve engine

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    1.6 8 valve suzuki 1991



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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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    100% correct, cept the COPS will not last 300k like the motor and frequent oil changes stop gummy HLA and fast chain wear. change the oil often and more so on higher mileage engines.


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When you hear some tapping, that's why you need -valve adjustments. At 137,000miles you probably need more than that to continue your trouble-free drives.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009

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    this post is wrong, the 1.8L and 2L are chain + HLA



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