Question about 1996 Nissan 200SX
I Have A 1996 Nissan 200sx 1.6 SE. The engine has about 130,000 miles on it. I bought the car at 64,000 and never had the valves re-adjusted. The motor had started sounding like a lifter or two wasnt lifting as it should immediately after an oil change from high mileage to a thiner full synthetic. This noise was evendent at 3k rpm at aprox 10-20% throttle power and over a period of 1k miles changed to a constent noise. I need the valve gaps and the how to for the adjustment. Im going to try this, because of it not being done and if noise is still present then will replace the nesessary lifters. Ive pinpointed that the noise is coming from the far left side of the valve cover.I Hope the valve readjustment is all thats needed otherwise, my next question will relate to replacing the nessesary faulty lifters.
These should be Hydraulic lifters meaning there is no adjustment for them. The problem they don't explain about thinner synthetic oils is that they sometimes don't work well with these types of lifters. They lube well but just don't cushion the same way. 1, get a new oil filter and the thinnest oil I would use is 5W20 and it should most likely be a 10W30 in your year model. Also, get a can of Junk Engine cleaner for oil changes. Both of these oils are available in a Synthetic if you want them. Follow the instructions on the Gunk and change the oil and Filter. 2. Get the Haynes repair manual on your vehicle so you have the proper adjustment procedures, if there are any adjustments, for the valves and if needed instructions for how to repair and or replace the valves.
Posted on Jul 11, 2010
I'm not one to copy and paste these on every reply, but as I was looking at drawings of your engine to figure out what you have, I came across this, and it is something I would have mentioned myself. My engine sounds like a sewing machine, it is the timing belt tensioner, I replaced it twice, still makes that same noise, it is noisy, but runs perfect, 230,000 miles, I have another one just a hair quieter with 250,000 miles on it, the tranny went out on it, but as soon as I find another one, it will be back on the road. Anyway, try the heavier oil, Synthetic works great on newer engines, but for some reason, it doesn't do too good on old ones. Check it out. You might find the valve specs here too.
Posted on Jul 11, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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