How do you identify bad hydraulic lifters?

Paul Heneghan paul.heneghan at
Sat Aug 19 22:55:38 EDT 2000

Anyone know an easy way of identifying bad lifters.  My Avant is sounding
more and more like an old diesel and my wife is now embarrassed to drive it!
I wondered about recording the sound of the engine onto one track of a tape
recorder and recording the signal for spark plug 1 onto the other track.  I
could then use a bit of PC software (like CoolEdit Pro) to display the
signals on a screen and totally confuse myself.

Any less exotic, more practical solutions?

> Paul
> 1984 80q - just won't die
> 1989 Avant 2.2E - ditto

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