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Re: FAQ...

>      If the there's a ticking sound is coming from the top of the engine,
>      its probably the hydraulic tappets/lifters (Aug '85 models or later.)
>      These tend to rattle when cold - to test them hold the engine at 2500 RPM 
>      for two minutes. If they're still tapping, they ought to be replaced.
>      [Can bad lifters ruin your engine?]

Also try draining the vacuum pump.  This is the pump mounted to the driver's
side of the engine on my '88 90Q.  Simply removing the pump, turing it end
down and allowing it to drain for a few hours makes loud "clacking" on startup
and at idle while hot go away for a few months.  Permanent fix??  Anyone else
have luck with this technique?

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\`o_O'  Ack Phfft!
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