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if one hydraulic valve lifter is damaged do i have to replace all 16
Hello. Thanks for writing in about your Jeep Commander. No you do not have to replace all of the hydraulic valve lifters but I recommend that you do. You have to open up the engine just to get the single...
noise when starts cold
Hello. This noise typically comes from the valve train. It is due to the design of the variable valve timing system. It is normal to make some noise, but it becomes worse if the wrong oil weight is used or...
Front end high. 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Hey there. This sounds like you do have struts that are binding and not returning to normal heights after it extends. This would likely require the struts to be replaced in order to be corrected.
Is it my lifters? Or my oil control valve? or oil pump?
You should first get a oil pressure test done on your engine. From what you've described the engine making noise like that is a serious issue. I'd suggest that get your vehicle looked at by a certified mechanic who check...
why would there be a liftkit on a truck that isnt 4x4
The most likely reason for the lift kit is to put bigger tires and to level the truck front-to-rear just like someone would do on a 4x4 truck. The bar across the motor is to stiffen up the suspension for...
Can i only put 50 mm coilspring spacers in or do i need to change anything else
Doing any kind of vehicle lift will put the front wheels out of alignment with excessive positive camber without having a camber lift kit installed. Just installing the coil spring spacers will give a small lift of about an inch...
Car started making loud noise, oil changed prior to this
Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 2000 Saturn LS2. This can happen at times when the car has been sitting for a period of time. Hydraulic lifters help to operate the camshaft, which opens and closes the valves...
Can a strut fail by just using a car hoist?
Hi, thanks for writing in. In my 35 plus years of servicing vehicles, I have never seen a strut go bad when I lifted a vehicle on a lift, however this does not mean it is not possible. When the...
Identifying car noise
Hello. It is common for rods and/or lifters to make a knocking noise when they go bad. Keep in mind that there are moving parts on the engine that could make strange noises that can sometimes sound like a rod...
How to change the lifters
In order to replace the valve lifters, removal of the valve covers and rocker arm assemblies is required. The job can be a little extensive and many of the fasteners removed cannot be reused or they may cause damage to...
How difficult is it to replace a valve lifter and/or is it something worth taking to a mechanic?
Hello, thanks for writing in. Having lifters and valves replaced is best left to the professionals. Many times this can involve removing the cylinder head from the engine which will have an affect on the timing. Special procedures need to...
Lifting the back of my 2 wheal drive toyota tacoma
There is almost an endless amount of lift kit suppliers and types of lift kits to use. The most common types of lift kits have springs and shocks along with shackles for the springs. I would recommend following a forum...
Lifters knocking on a 2007 GCM Sierra
If it doesn't happen all that often, and it doesn't happen on high speed, but is just idling--I'd live with that if I were you. Because with that kind of miles on it, all those lifters are going to be...
Cracking/Squeaking sound when turning or braking
It is possible that you may have a ball joint that has dried out or maybe did not quite have enough grease in it when the lift kit was installed. I would recommend enlisting the assistance of a qualified technician...
Hi there, thanks for writing in. Most engines can have the lifters replaced without replacing the cam or rockers. You may want to have a local expert inspect the car and advise you on this repair.
Low fluctuating oil pressure when engine is cold and noisy lifters when driving over 50 miles an hour
There are several causes for low oil pressure. They include components such as crankshaft bearings, to things like an oil filter or pump. A leaking o-ring will cause some issues, mostly related to low oil levels. The oil passages...
Engine ticks on a 2006 Acura TL
The only ticking sounds that you generally get are either the valves are out of the adjustment, the lifters are bad themselves, or the fuel injectors are ticking. So get yourself a little stethoscope and listen around. Maybe it's...
Ticking noise when at idle and louder while accelerating
The noise may be the lifters, but the problem may not be the lifters. Your engine's heads have very small passages that feed oil to them through the heads, and, if the parts are being starved of oil, then the...
Debating installation of a leveling kit
The biggest problem people run into with these types of kits is buying the cheapest kit they can find. Not saying that the cheapest may not be good, but it is much more important to find a kit that is...
Shutting off and difficult startup - 1978 Jeep CJ5
Hey there, thanks for writing in. It sounds like you may have a large vacuum leak. Ensure the PCV system is hooked up correctly and that there are no broken or damaged vacuum lines. A smoke check of the induction...

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