Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: the values on my chevy small block engine needs adjusting . will it hurt the engine if i drive it to the garage

asked by on

I have a 350 chevy engine that has been resent rebuilt with close to 500 hp. one of the values is tapping when running. will it hurt the engine to drive it 5 to 6 miles to a garage or should I have it towed

As you may know motors that have been built to produce a lot of horsepower require very specific and fine tuning in order to run correctly and can result in major engine damage if not done carefully. I would not recommend driving or even starting the engine if you have excessive valve noise. Depending on the severity of this, it may result in a valve hitting the top of a piston resulting in potentially catastrophic cylinder head damage. I would recommend having it towed to where it needs to go.

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!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • the values on my chevy small block engine needs adjusting . will it hurt the engine if i drive it to the garage

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: The car I'm interested in buying has an engine knock

Engine knock by definition means the combustion taking place is mistimed or improperly detonated. More technically it means the explosion(s) has taken place partially or completely outside of the "envelope" (or area in the cylinder that is designed to push...

Q: Why is my car making a rattling noise when i accelerate

Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having a catalytic converter issue. When the catalyst inside of the unit fails, it can chip off into chunks and rattle around in the case. The sound amplifies when the...

Q: i have a camaro lt 3.6l v6 i was wondering will a 5.3l v8 work in it what all wil i have to change and what all will i need

You would need to compare all existing components to a Camaro of the same year with a 5.3l engine. The vehicle comes with this engine. For the cost to change over this car it would most likely be less expensive...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.