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Dodge Caravan 2000, 3 l engine, 109000 km/ mechanical valve lifters that are out of adjustment

Hi guys, is it too expensive tohave somebody to adjust the mechanical valve lifters that are loose and make noise when the engine is still cold? Can you give me a rough idea how much? I hope that they don't have to remove the engine to do this job?

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  • daviscw Jul 23, 2008

    I have a 2000 Grand Caravan 3.3 with 92,000 miles. I had the oil changed and it starting ticking very loud even with Lucas added. Any suggestions?

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The next time you do an oil change, put a liter of tranny fluid in with the oil BEFORE you change it. Let it run for an hour or two.The tranny fluid will clean out the gunk that causes your lifters to stick.Now do your oil change. Do this each time you change your oil, only use a 1/2 liter each time. You will be amazed at the difference, I was.

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They are not adjustable they are hydralic they wear out or you arent getting enough oil up top...because of an oil pump or clog

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Your rockers are shaft mounted and are not adjustable.
Hope this helped you and the problem does not turn out to be a serious one!
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