Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Noisy lifters

asked by on

The truck starts OK, but the lifters are noisy.

A: Hi. Noisy lifters can occur for a number of...

Hi. Noisy lifters can occur for a number of different reasons. The most common being low or old oil or a poor quality oil filter. If the oil filter is restricted or if it is full of debris, then the lifters can make noise. They can also make noise if a lifter is collapsed or if the oil pump is failing. A mechanic would start by checking the oil and filter, and then checking the oil pressure with a manual oil pressure gauge. If everything checks out, then the engine will need to be partially disassembled to locate the cause of the noise. Severe oil sludge from lack of maintenance can also cause this. If you do not plan on taking care of this yourself, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can inspect the engine noise and elaborate on what the problem might be.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Buick not shifting.

It is highly likely that you have a TH200-4R transmission in your Regal. The vacuum line to the modulator and the adjustment of the throttle cable can be checked. These will have the ability to prevent upshifts and downshifts of...

Q: I have a 1965 Ford F100 with a pontiac 455 motor, what would be the pros and cons of 1) straight piping the truck and 2) would I l

Running straight exhaust off of the headers will cause the engine to have no back pressure and can cause cold air to get to the valves along with excessive oxygen and can overheat the headers and valves. It is recommended...

Q: Engine clicking once and not turning over

Hello, it sounds like you have a weak battery. I would start by checking the base engine and seeing if the crank turns with a ratchet and socket. If the engine rotates, the the power to the starter motor should...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...