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Mazda 323 1.3 1996

My engine's lifters are making noise, what can i do?

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I have a mazda 323f 1996, when i start it in the morning, it smoks for a while

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The lifters are naking noise because they are worn out or the engine oil is not reaching them due to the oil pump,but due to your cars year they might be just worn out there is only one way to fix a problem like this is to get then replaced there is no quick fix,and also they will just get louder and louder like tick tick tick and it will sound quicker.

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Also, if the noise is just on start-up, make sure you are using a genuine filter. Many of the aftermarket filters don't have a non-return valve in them and with the location of the filter 1/2 way up the block, oil can leak back to the sump when the engine is off, and it takes a couple of seconds to circulate and pressurize the system again on start-up.

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Just took my car to the shop for the same appearent reason me also thinking it may be lifters. My mechanic said it spounds like a worn wrist pin ...... bad news for you if this is the case .......recomendations rebuild the engine or buy a new or remanufactured one. if the wrist pin lets go then you could throw a rod. If you must drive the car please be gentle

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Start by checking the Hydraulic lifters inside the tappet cover below the cam rockers they may be the cause for the noise as this lifters need a lot of oil to work properly

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