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Old 07-02-2006, 01:10 PM   #1
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my LT1 has a ticking noise at idle,if i give some gas the tick goes away but returns as soon as it idles again.its not the bottom end and i have narrowed it down to the front somewhat upper half of the engine.could it be the water pump or the opti?
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ticking is usually rocker arms, how many miles on the engine, and has there been any valvetrain upgrades?
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exhaust leak is possible as well.
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Bad lifter?
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hamster fell off the wheel and is now bouncing around! no but seriosly. does it sound like air escaping or like a click instead of a tick? what work have you recently done. might be a busted spring if you over revved the piss out of i. that will make a hard click down low and higher rpm pressure will pupm the lifter up enough to quite it. try to be alittle more specific. like is it louder by the intake or by the exhaust?
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i am also having this same problem. it is a very distinct tick i know it cant be an exhaust leak. so how do i check the rockers, springs, rods, and lifters?
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pull the valve cover of the side you think it is. check valve height and rocker wear. you can run the car and listen to pin point a problem if its not obvious.
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i have the valve cover off and couldnt seem to pinpoint it. possibly the lifter then?
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ok so you have the hard part then sorry for the delay in responce. with the vavle cover off start the car and with a 5/8 socket slowly loosen one rocker at a time till it starts to click. you will be able to tell.then slow tighten it backdown till the noise stops. then add 3/8 of a turn for preload. you have now adjusted that valve. the noise that it made loose is bad if the noise you are hearing as your problem isnt that loud or noticible you dont have anything to worry about. but for good measure now do the samething for every other valve. im sure there due. if a spring or lifter is bad you wont be able to stop a noise. and keep in mind you can over tighten these things and bend rods or mess up your performance. little amounts of loosening and tightening go a long way.
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ok well i went to adjust the valves and then i just stopped after the first one. the ticking from a rocker out of adjustment is WAY to quiet to be my problem. i am really leaning twards lifter. anyway to check this?
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I had what I thought was a lifter issue on my 96 LT1. Turns out I was having a misfire on cylinders 3+5. I had a local mechanice hook it up to a snap on OBDII diagnostic machine and the source of the nasty tick was a misfire.
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I had what I thought was a lifter issue on my 96 LT1. Turns out I was having a misfire on cylinders 3+5. I had a local mechanice hook it up to a snap on OBDII diagnostic machine and the source of the nasty tick was a misfire.
Actually their diagnosing skills may be lacking.

You have to ask what caused the misfire, as they just don't happen by themselves. A collapsed lifter could cause a misfire because that valve would not open very far at all, meaning no air either in or out of the cylinder (depending on what valve the bad lifter is on).

Misfires don't tick. I think the misfire is just a "symptom", not the root cause. Keep looking.
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i had the same problem with my 96 Z and it had a flat roller on a lifter it cost me $60 and 2 hrs of my time.

concidently i bought this car for $1500 from the guy because of this noise because a shop told him it was a rod knocking. needless to say it wasnt
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Look at your EGR crap and make sure it's not exhaust leaking. Also check plug wires to make sure theres no cuts or burns in the wires. How is the idel besides the ticking dose it vary or miss?
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