Lifter tick

Zsolt zsolt1 at
Thu Sep 2 17:15:50 EDT 2004

Is it possible that the lifters are simply worn, and they should be replaced?

At 02:40 PM 9/2/2004, rocketscienceracing at wrote:
>Lifter tick is a symptom of dirty, clogged oil system passages. We used to 
>go 'round and 'round on this on another car list I frequented. The bottom 
>line is that anything that improves oil pressure/flow will provide relief. 
>Unfortunately the relief is usually only temporary with such fixes as 
>new/better filters/oil/etc., or heaven forbid, new lifters.
>The only long term solution to this "hardening of the arteries" is to 
>clean the oil system. You can tear it down, but there are a number of 
>solvents you can put in your oil that will do a surprisingly good job of 
>cleaning things out. Marvel Mystery Oil (MMO) is one, ATF is another (very 
>harsh!), and there are certainly other choices.
>I've had very good luck with MMO. Drain a quart of oil out and fill it 
>back up with a quart of MMO. Put 100 miles on the car. Do an oil change. 
>Repeat if necessary. Sometime 2 or 3 iterations are required if things are 
>really bad.

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