3 days agao i traded my truck in on a van,The van ran great for the test drive and all the way home.It sat for a couple of hours and now it ticks like its going to blow up.Im sure its the lifters but am i screwed from the dealership,i dident get a warrenty cause i couldent afford one.But it ran great!!!So is the dealer resposible or am i stuck?
Yes, it’s likely the lifter(s).
The dealer didn’t even give you a 30 day warranty?
He dident say anything about a warrenty,he tryed to sell me a warrenty but it was too much,something like 2 or 3 years!Im going to call tomorrow and see what he says!
I have a 2000 Olds Silhouette and the 3.4L in it also ticks , but ONLY for a few moments until the lifters get lubricated then it gets quiet.
A little more so on real cold winter mornings.
What oil rating are you using?
GM recommends 5W30 but I only use that for the winter months and use 10W30 the rest of the year.
Your lifters may need adjusting if they’re consistently noisy.
Well i just went out and let the van run for a while and it stoped ticking so could it be a stuck lifter or could it be clogged up?
Be sure to CHECK the engine oil level. It wouldn’t hurt to change the oil.
Well heres the deal i drove the van to work last night and no ticking,only when its cold it ticks,i talked to a co worker and he said one of my lifters is loose so i think im going to take the valve cover off and tighten it down but i have to find the tourque specs first any body have this let me know.And thank you all for the help!!!
Tightening down a valve lifter until it’s quiet will cause a misfire and a burned valve on that cylinder. You can get a product from the auto parts store which will quieten valves.
I used the stp oil treatment and it dident do much,it is loose very loose so should i leave it alone or tighten it down>>?
It’s EXPENSIVE to burn a valve. If you can get a mechanic to do some “over-the-shoulder instruction”, you could try that way. But, to just tighten a valve, can lead to grief (your wallet can hurt!).
So what if it is loose and not to specs should i tighten it or just leave it alone?
I would say the lifter has some dirt in it and takes more time than the others to lube and quieten down.
If it goes quiet after a couple of minutes from a cold start, forget about it. No damage will be done.
But the noise is driving me nuts!!!(lol)
Unless you are an auto tech I wouldn’t want to take a chance on damaging the engine over noisy lifters.
Another trick you can use is to drain a quart of engine oil, replace with 1 quart of tranny fluid and run the engine for a couple hundred miles.
Drain the oil and change the filter and replace with new oil and filter.
Likely (and perhaps lucky) the noisy lifter is no more.
I did this with a '94 Voyager 3.0L V6 and it worked. Who knows till you try eh?
Thanks for the tip i will try anything right now!!!