Lifter tick

sdewitt at sdewitt at
Thu Sep 2 15:57:05 EDT 2004

I noticed that my 5000 would let me know when the oil needed to be changed (after about 4000 miles) the lifters would tick loadly, then the noise would cease once the oil was changed!

----- Original Message -----
From: cobram at
Date: Thursday, September 2, 2004 2:37 pm
Subject: Re: Lifter tick

> Yes, they are hydraulic lifters, that just means you don't have an
> adjustment interval, they'll tick away like badly adjusted solid ones.
> If the car's been sitting for a while, the tick will be more 
> pronounced,but might go away after some daily use.  Also make sure 
> it's lifter
> noise, and not manifold noise, they can be very similar.  
> Try some Marvel mystery oil before the next oil change, about a 
> 1/2 quart
> (that's what I used) in the engine and drive around for a while to 
> see if
> it quiets things down.  I was ready to change the lifters a few years
> ago, but the marvel mystery oil did the trick for me.  YMMV.
> If you check the archives, I recall some listers even recommended 
> ATF and
> some other things to quiet them down without resorting to mechanical
> intervention.
> "Matt Suffern" <msuffern at> writes:
> > I thought these cars had hydraulic lifters?  Could one be stuck 
> or 
> > sticking?  If so, how do I unstick it?  Any BTDTs would be very 
> > helpful.  Thanks!
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