lifter tick

jlagnese at jlagnese at
Thu Jul 31 08:25:38 PDT 2008

I was under the impression that lifter tick, caused
by hydraulic lifters not full of oil, simply
decreased efficiency since the valves were not
opening fully.

So where is the wear? The top or inside of the
lifter? The cam? Anytime there is not enough oil
someplace, things do wear!

---- Original message ----

  Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:39:27 -0400
  From: "Mark R" <speedracer.mark at>
  Subject: Re: lifter tick
  To: "Grant Lenahan" <glenahan at>
  Cc: quattro at
  >I respectfully disagree with Grant. Lifter tick
  DOES increase wear. That
  >said, Audis seem to tolerate it for a LONG time,
  so it might not be worth
  >the expense and trouble of replacing the lifters.
  In other words, the harm
  >is typically minimal, but it is there.
  >If you fixed it with different oil or a
  solvent... then it's fixed.
  >Hydraulic lifter tick is caused by "crud"
  (deposits) in the lifter(s), low
  >oil pressure, incorrect weight of oil, etc. The
  first step is always to
  >either try a solvent, switch oils (weight, type,
  brand), oil filter brand,
  >etc. If that solves the problem, then there's no
  problem remaining! =)
  >Mark Rosenkrantz
  >On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 8:01 AM, Grant Lenahan
  <glenahan at> wrote:
  >> ignore it - it does no harm
  >> On Jul 30, 2008, at 10:09 PM, Rick Cone wrote:
  >> > My 89 Audi 200 has a rather noisy lifter
  tick. I "fixed" it with a
  >> > quart of Lucas, but what is the real fix? Is
  there any adjustment
  >> > in the valvetrain of these things?
  >> > Rick A. Cone
  >> >
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