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Moter is ticking i took off the valve cover and my rocker arms move side to side is this normal

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  • Dale Bennett Apr 24, 2010

    so how much play do they have and what else could be my problem.

  • Dale Bennett Apr 24, 2010

    is there spacers between them so they dont knock togather the knocking goes with the rpms the higher rpms the faster and louder they become.

  • Dale Bennett Apr 24, 2010

    i have a book it does not help me any do you think if i replace all the rockers maybe fix it?

  • Dale Bennett Apr 24, 2010

    what else my couse this problem

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    Jyackle5 Apr 24, 2010

    There should be just about a 1/16 inch of play. There should not be play that goes up and down. If you have play up and down then you need to replace the rockers. I have seen the ticking come from to much oil pressure and the oil was hitting the valve cover.

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    Jyackle5 Apr 24, 2010

    No there is no spacer that goes between them. If I were you I would get a repair manual from the parts store for 20 dollars. It will tell you every thing you need to know.

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    Jyackle5 Apr 24, 2010

    Yes I would just to be safe.

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    Jyackle5 Apr 24, 2010

    It can de many things. Like the piston bearings need to de replaced, To much or not enough oil pressure, bad gas. ETC...

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