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How do you find the cause of lifter sounds in a Mazda 626?


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2010-02-26 04:07:30
2010-02-26 04:07:30

These are automatic hydraulic lash adjusters--usual problem ticking is a low oil situation or too heavy an oil for the tiny tolerances. I don't believe in a lot of the snake oils out there--but i would change out my oil and save room to add 1/2 quart of Lucas oil treatment. In the old days people would add a cup of solvent or auto transmission fluid and run at idle to cleanse til the tick vanishes--then change the oil and filter.


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These engines are notorious for it. There's no harm in the lifter tick itself. It just sounds bad. The fix permanently, replace the lifters. There's a special tool (find it on eBay for cheap) which makes this an easy job.

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