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Im04 electra glide. It had cam work done. About 13k miles later Im hearing a tapping. It sounds like the front pushrod. It is not adjustable. Also myoil pressure is low at idle Could anyone help

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Oil pump is starting to go,have it replaced

Posted on Apr 06, 2015

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  • Ian Philly
    Ian Philly Apr 06, 2015

    Ok Do u think that will stop the tapping. It's annoying and very concerning

  •  johnny rebel
    johnny rebel Apr 06, 2015

    the oil pump is tapping,when you get it replaced it will no longer tap

  • Ian Philly
    Ian Philly Apr 07, 2015

    Thanks for the help. Is there a way u can check the oil pump?

  •  johnny rebel
    johnny rebel Apr 07, 2015

    not really,besides taking it to the service shop



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