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Bent pushrod on a 455 big block engine causing rattling- could the problem be a loose rocker arm or wrong size of pushrod? What causes a bent pushrod? and iam ****

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If it is a push rod or a loose rocker arm it wouldnt be rattling it would be ticking or knoking.

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