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Keeps bending pushrods

Bought used had broken rocker arm bent rod replaced both push rods and arm it did it again after a week

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Several things can this, Carbon build up causing valve to piston contact, wrong valve springs , too strong or coils compressed be fore valve fully open, valve bounce caused by worn camshaft or weak valve springs. All ways replace a bent push rod don't reuse.

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It sounds like your tolerances on cams, etc, inside the engine are out of spec causing this problem. I would do a complete teardown of engine to properly diagnose.

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