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noisy cam follower

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noisy cam follower
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Vauxhall
Expert:  Greg replied 4 years ago.

Is this just a ticking noise that gradually goes away after the engine gets worm or on higher rpm's ..

How many miles is on this engine .

Any work been done on the engine before this happened .

Rgds Greg
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I was topping up with the wrong oil changed oil and filter got better but starting to get noisy again. what oil is best to use its got 10-40 at the moment

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Loud ticking when starting then slowly gets quieter when at running temp on idle it is quieter and comes and goes.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Can I use a different oil for this problem?

Expert:  Greg replied 4 years ago.
Hi Charlie .

Do a engine flush and oil change then use the correct oil and filter .

In most case the engine flush will sort out the lifter issue .

When doing the flush run the engine 20 minutes at idle do not accelerate the engine, after 20 minutes drain and replace the oil .

This will work to 80% of the time if there is no engine damage .

Do this then get back to me if you have any lifter noise still.

Make sure you use a good engine flush agent like cyclo or liquid moly

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Rgds Greg

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

already flushed and changed oil think I need to replace lifters

Expert:  Greg replied 4 years ago.
Hi Charlie .

After flushing the system and changing the oil and filter, run your engine until at operating temp , then run at 2500rpm and hold for 15 - 20 minutes, this will bleed the lifters do this first before replacing the lifter .

You might find this works and you save on replacing the lifter , now if you still have a problem replace .

Rgds Greg

Rgds Greg