I was wondering what exactly 'lifter tick' is. I heard the term and just wanted to know what it was in case it ever happens to me. Like what are the symptoms, what does it do to your car, how much and how do you fix it? Thanks in advance.
Its oil ticking through the lash adjusters. You'll hear a ticking sound when the car is running. The only real fix is to replace the lash adjusters with the newer ones (they eventually used larger adjusters to correct the problem). They are only like $2/piece or something, but i hear it will take days to do it.
Replacing the lash adjusters will cause the problem to go away. It's fairly possible that the tick will come back. These cars use the same lash adjusters are the Eclipse. I had an Eclipse GSX that had ticking lifters. We replaced them and had no problem until winter set in. Hello, Lifter Tick! I've heard reports of the ticks coming back after 10k miles or so (after replacing).
I guess its because the oil is a little thicker in the winter, being colder and all. Maybe trying a lower weight oil? 5w30? I've got the lifter tick myself, but haven't even CONSIDERED replacing them. Way too complicated for me. Took me 2hrs to change my spark plugs
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