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    Default Automotive question

    This is most likely not the place to ask but people on this forum have help me out on many differant issues.

    Im trying to get my 84 Monte carlo ready to sell. I have only driven it about 100 miles in the last 2 years. But now its making a ticking sound coming from the drivers side of the motor. Seems like half way back near the head not the bottom of the engine. If i give it gas the ticking speeds up. Im thinking lifters.
    Questions: From what i have give what could it be? If it is lifters whats in it to replace them? take that head off? Any info would be welcomed.
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    Default Re: Automotive question

    Quote Originally Posted by gregsons View Post
    This is most likely not the place to ask but people on this forum have help me out on many differant issues.

    Im trying to get my 84 Monte carlo ready to sell. I have only driven it about 100 miles in the last 2 years. But now its making a ticking sound coming from the drivers side of the motor. Seems like half way back near the head not the bottom of the engine. If i give it gas the ticking speeds up. Im thinking lifters.
    Questions: From what i have give what could it be? If it is lifters whats in it to replace them? take that head off? Any info would be welcomed.
    Thanks
    Sounds like a collapsed lifter to me. Driving it as little as you do is aggrevating this. I would warm it up, change the oil and put a couple hundred easy miles on it see if the lifter pumps back up...Sometimes they do.
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    Default Re: Automotive question

    To be honest it is what it is. I would pull the valve cover and take a look and maybe change the oil to the heaviest weight allowed by the book. At the end of the day its a nearly 30 year old car. It can not be worth much so sell it as is. You could not fix it and break even.

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    Default Re: Automotive question

    Change the oil & see what happens.

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    Are you sure its not just a leaky exhaust manifold/header ?...............just a thought.
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    Default Re: Automotive question

    Try a can of Marvel Mystery Oil...might free up that lifter.
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    Default Re: Automotive question

    Oil change and Marvel Mystery oil, both good suggestions.
    My 92 Ranger did this after being parked for a few months. Oil change with syth, warm it up, no more ticks.
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    Default Re: Automotive question

    Thanks for all the suggestions Ill change the oil. Even thought i dont drive it much i still change the oil every year in the spring when she come out of the garage. Im also going to check the adjustment of the rockers.
    Nope not a exhaust leak that was my first thought too.

    I sure hope it dont cost more then the value of the car to fix. I have alot of $$ into this girl
    Last edited by gregsons; 04-27-2011 at 08:08 PM. Reason: info added
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregsons View Post
    Thanks for all the suggestions Ill change the oil. Even thought i dont drive it much i still change the oil every year in the spring when she come out of the garage. Im also going to check the adjustment of the rockers.
    Nope not a exhaust leak that was my first thought too.

    I sure hope it dont cost more then the value of the car to fix. I have alot of $$ into this girl
    How about some pictures?...I like that year Monte.
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    I don't think that the rockers are adjustable? Been a long time since I've been in one. I wouldn't take anything apart yet. Put some stuff in the oil for sticky lifters and see if that don't clear it up first.

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