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The same rocker keepts falling off just had both heads done i replaced lifter on this rocker and sugestions

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  • jorjorjor18 Feb 08, 2010

    yes same rocker but it looks good

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    BeninVa May 11, 2010

    Hello. Did you re-use the old rockers? Did you re-use the old nuts that secure the rockers?

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Thanks for your reply. It's a little unusual but I have seen this happen before. The nut that holds the rocker arm is worn out. I believe if you buy a new nut it will solve your problem. You will probably want to get it from the dealer to be sure you get the correct part.

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Ok so ik I'm posting allot haha but does anyone know where or how to adjust lifters just found out mine r just now needed adjustment in near mount Vernon WA or a price at least haha


In engines with rocker arm valve systems, the procedure I'm familiar with is to remove a rocker arm cover, and (one at a time!) while the engine is running, slowly back off the rocker arm retainer nut or bolt just until you hear the lifter tapping, then tighten it a quarter turn. If you can identify a lifter that is already tapping, tighten its rocker arm slowly until it stops tapping, then adjust it. Do not over-tighten! This can damage the engine.

Listen carefully to how the engine sounds; if it starts to stumble when you tighten a loose rocker arm, you've gone too far. If you cannot get the engine to run well without tapping, you may have too much wear in the valve train and may be due for a head overhaul, or you don't have adequate oil pressure in the lifters in question.
Repeat until all rocker arms are done. Replace the rocker arm cover using a new gasket, then (in a V-engine), repeat the procedure on the other side of the engine.

Wearing safety goggles, or better yet, a transparent face shield, is strongly recommended. Sometimes oil will squirt out a considerable distance from the lifter side of the rocker arm during adjustment, and the direction is not readily predictable.

Apr 03, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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Recently had work done on the head and now there is a ticking noise. It sounds like one lifter is sticking.


Anytime headwork is done, lifters are to be replaced with new ones along with new pushrods if so equipped, and rockers. Valves must have been in awsome shape, or I would have had them replaced. I like stiffer springs and new retainers/caps as well if money allowed.

Dec 12, 2013 | 2000 Kia Sportage

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1998 toyota 3.0 valve seal replace


Yes and no.
Depending on how the lifters and rocker arms sit on the valves, you might be able to apply air pressure to the cylinder to keep the valves closed while taking the springs off. If you take the springs off without pressure the valves can fall into the cylinders.
The seals are under the valve springs.

Jul 12, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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I have a loud ticking under my valve cover. 97 ford escort. I think its a loose valve but is it some thing i can fix. I know a little about cars. but not an expert


not a valve, but a lifter. I will paste procedure below. You judge if you can do it or not. Recommend you replace them all while you're in there. If you let this go, the lifter will wear out the camshaft. Lifters are $22 each, and you have 8 of them. You will also need a new valve cover gasket.
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2.0L Engine
SOHC engine
See Figures 6, 7, 8 and 9
  1. Disconnect the engine air cleaner-to-valve cover hose from the cover by compressing the hose clamp with pliers and sliding the clamp back, then separate the hose from the cover.
  2. Remove the spark plug wire separators from the valve cover and set the wire assemblies aside.
  3. Unfasten the three valve cover retaining bolts.
  4. Remove the valve cover and gasket from the cylinder head.
WARNING Do not use any abrasive grinding discs to remove gasket material. Use a plastic manual gasket scraper to remove the gasket residue. Be careful not to scratch or gouge the aluminum sealing surfaces when cleaning them.
  1. Remove the old gasket material from the cylinder head and valve cover mating surfaces.

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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the spark plug wire separators from the valve cover

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Fig. Fig. 7: Compress the engine air cleaner-to-valve cover hose clamp with pliers, and slide the clamp back ...


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Fig. Fig. 8: ... then disconnect the hose from the valve cover


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Fig. Fig. 9: Unfasten the valve cover retainers and remove the valve cover-2.0L SOHC engine


If removing more than one valve lifter (tappet), mark the lifters and their locations as they must be installed in their original bores.

  1. Remove the rocker arm(s).
  2. Unfasten the lifter guide plate retainer.
  3. Remove the guide plate and the lifter.


To install:
  1. The oil feed hole in the lifter must face away from the oil feed hole in the cylinder head.
  2. Lubricate the lifter(s) with clean 5W-30 engine oil and install them in their original bores.

Make sure the lifter guide plate retainer tabs are towards the rear of the cylinder head, and the lifter guide plate tabs are towards the front of the cylinder head.
  1. Install the lifter guide plate and tighten the retainer.
  2. Install the rocker arms.
Do not use any sealer with a silicone type gasket.
  1. Install a new gasket and the valve cover.
  2. Install and tighten the valve cover retainers to 71-97 inch lbs. (8-11.5 Nm).
  3. Attach the spark plug wire separators to the cylinder head.
  4. Connect the engine air cleaner-to-valve cover hose and engage the hose clamp

Jan 19, 2011 | Ford Escort Cars & Trucks

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The LIFTER is dead. Is this a major overhaul or is there something else I can do?


If one of the lifters are not working it sounds like you have a flat lobe on the cam shaft, you should be able to remove the valve cover of the suspected side and start the motor. Observe whether the valve rocker is moving the same as the others. If not, shut the engine off and check the bolt that hold the rocker to sure it hasn't stripped out or pulled out of the head, then take the rocker off and check for excessive wear around the point where the rocker is bolted to the head. If all of that checks out then the cam shaft is probably the culprit and will have to be replaced. You might visually inspect the suspected lifter the be sure it hasn't collapsed.
Replacing the cam shaft can be a major repair especially if you have never done that, it would be advised to have a shop do this repair unless you are bold and adventurous.

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When idleling and accelerating my truck makes knocking noises a friend sugested it could be my lifters what do you think. My truck is a 1983 GMC Seirra 1500 just recently replaced radiator had a oil change...


The list your book gives you are all things that will cause a knocking noise. Only way to fix is to open her up. If you were having overheating issues before this happened then it could have damaged any of those except pump.

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Replacing Hydraulic Lifters


YOU HAVE TO REMOVE VALVE COVERS LOOSEN REMOVE ROCKER ARMS ASSEMBLY KEEP ROCKER ARM ASSEMBLY IN ORDER SO THEY GO BACK IN THE ORIGINAL POSITION.YOU HAVE TO REMOVE INTAKE MANIFOLD ALSO.YOU NEED A REPAIR MANUAL FOR TORQUE SEQUENCE ON THE INTAKE MANIFOLD AND ROCKER ARMS TORQUE.

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Rocker arm failure


Did the timing belt break at one time? Aside from the obvious of it sounding like your son did what mine did and tried to race the vehicle beyond it's abilities if the timing belt broken at one time it may have damaged the valves. If the valve impacts the cyclinder it is possible that it can damage the rocker and cam. When you pull the head off this time have the head re-worked and valves replaced. This should solve the problem.

Sep 12, 2009 | 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe

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Just replaced head gaskets. now the lifters are noisey. did I need to soak the rocker assemblies in oil?


yes lubrication is a crucial task of engines... needs to be done right. i wonder did you cut the valves.... did u rebuilt the heads if u did how much they cut them.

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Oil leak from rocker box on 1996jeep cherokee2.5td


Get you a new gasket for the rocker cover, make sure you clean the mating surface good,and all traces of old gasket, and silicon etc. make sure you dont overtighten the bolts to the rocker cover. the torque for the rocker cover is 35 in lbs (4nm). as far as vavle clearance it is none adjustable. A clicking valve can indicate worn lifters, sometimes an oil change will quiet down noisy lifters. If noisy lifters persist you would have to service the heads. If you decide to do that yourself you can ask for a procedure on that too later on. Removal of the head is very difficult, because you need to remove a lot of things, and require you to do a timing on the engine.

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