[V8] Valve or Timing Belt Rattle?

Tony and Lillie tonyandlillie1 at earthlink.net
Mon May 9 00:56:11 EDT 2005

If you live anywhere near Virginia, I'd take it to Keith at Audiconnection. 
Otherwise, it could be any number of things.

There is no adjustment for the valves on the V8. The plastic friction block 
is the little black thing(delrin) that is about $40 from the dealer. It 
looks like a fairly small but thick plastic washer. I believe there was a 
discussion a few weeks ago about this. It is the "friction pad" listed on 
the audiconnection site.

I would be a bit concerned, especially if it is getting noticably worse.

Tony Hoffman
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <daves745t at optonline.net>
To: "Audifans V8" <V8 at audifans.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2005 9:13 PM
Subject: [V8] Valve or Timing Belt Rattle?

> First off - thanks Kneale for the Hood release tip - what a PITA!
> The reason I was trying to pop the hood was to further diagnose a rattle 
> I'm hearing on the right side only - 99% sure it's originating from the 
> valve cover.  I just had the timing belt and all the stuff listed on 
> AudiConnection's site changed a couple of months/several hundred miles ago 
> belts, bearings, pumps - the works. A couple of weeks ago I noticed a very 
> slight 'ticking' that could only be heard with the hood up and listening 
> closely.  I thought it was a slight valve slap - and honestly wasn't sure 
> whether it was there even before the timing belt was replaced.  In any 
> event, it has now progressed to where it's definitely more noticeable and 
> sounds like more than one.
> I was thinking that it needed a valve adjustment and Googled it, and 
> somehow stumbled on the Timing Belt Rattle issue. Does the V8 ever need 
> its valves manually adjusted (I couldn't find anything about it)? Someone 
> mentioned a 'tension adjuster screw', 'plastic friction block' (are they 
> the same?) and/or various bearings. Is there a way to determine or 
> eliminate any possible culprits?
> Finally - how concerned should I be about driving her?  Last thing I'd 
> need is to have a some major internal snafu after just sinking a couple of 
> grand into her for the sole purpose of that not happening!
> Thanks!
> DaveM 

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