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1988 1100cc Honda Shadow has a valve lifter noise at cruising speed. What do I need to do?

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Sounds like time for timing chain or do a motor flush from auto zone then change oil

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A dirty oil filter will cause the top end to make tapping sound until the oil warms up and, then the noise goes away, that might be why you didn't hear it, but she did at first.

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Go to 10w40 in the gearbox. The hydraulic lifters are balking at the 10w50. The oil needs to be liquid enough to 'inflate' the lifters properly. 50 weight oil is a bit to thick. It might take two oil changes to clear the 10w50 out of the lifters.

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