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5.4 liter 3-valve engines have valvetrain problems..000 miles

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Do 5.4 liter 3-valve engines have valvetrain problems? I think I have a bad lifter(s) after only 80,000 miles.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  EMRSR replied 7 years ago.
Are you getting a rattle fro the lifter area? Can I get a VIN # ?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

yea from what I can tell it's coming from the driver side cylinder head. the ticking used to go away when i revved the engine. now it's constant no matter what rpm. the VIN is

1FTPW14515FA77389

Expert:  EMRSR replied 7 years ago.

THIS HAS BECOME A HUGE ISSUE WITH POOR QUALITY AFTER MARKET OIL FILTERS THAT ARE BEING USED IN THE INDEPENDANT SHOPS. YOU MAY HAVE A CAM PHAZER NOISE AS WELL.

 

SPECIAL SERVICE MESSAGES
20819 1997-2009 MULTIPLE VEHICLE - 4.6L/5.4L - ENGINE TICKING AND/OR RATTLE NOISE
MULTIPLE VEHICLE LINES WITH 4.6L OR 5.4L ENGINE MAY EXPERIENCE AN ENGINE TICKING OR RATTLE NOISE THAT SOUNDS LIKE A STUCK TAPPET (HLA). THIS MAY BE DUE TO THE DETERIORATION OF AN AFTERMARKET OIL FILTER. VEHICLES WITH THIS CONDITION HAVE LOW OIL PRESSURE AT ONE CYLINDER HEAD ONLY, WHILE MAIN PRESSURES ARE NORMAL. DISLODGED MATERIAL FROM THE AFTERMARKET OIL FILTER BLOCKS THE CAM CAP OIL PASSAGE, EITHER AT CYLINDER #4 (RIGHT BANK REAR) OR CYLINDER #5 (LEFT BANK FRONT). FOR VCT EQUIPPED ENGINES, INSPECT THE VCT VALVE BODY AND THE OIL PASSAGES UNDER THE FIRST CAM CAP. DAMAGE TO ENGINES CAUSED BY AFTERMARKET OIL FILTERS ARE NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY.
EFFECTIVE DATE: 05/29/2009

 

18921 2006 MARK LT/2004-2006 F-150/2005-2006 EXPEDITION/NAVIGATOR AND F-250/F-350 5.4L 3V - COLD START ENGINE RATTLE
SOME 2006 MARK LT, 2004-2006 F150 AND 2005-2006 EXPEDITION/NAVIGATOR/F-250/F-350 VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A 5.4 3V ENGINE MAY EXHIBIT A RATTLE NOISE UPON COLD STARTUP THAT LASTS FOR ONLY A FEW SECONDS (5-10 SECONDS). IT IS POSSIBLE THAT AFTERMARKET OIL FILTERS, CLOGGED OIL FILTERS OR INCORRECT OIL MAY BE CAUSING THIS CONCERN. MAKE SURE THE ENGINE HAS THE CORRECT OIL LEVEL AND THE PROPER MOTORCRAFT OIL(SAE 5W20)AND OIL FILTER(FL820-S)ARE BEING USED BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANY REPAIRS.
EFFECTIVE DATE: 11/03/2005

 

 

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
i bought the truck with 52,000 miles on it. I've done all my own oil changes since I bought it and i've only used full synthetic with either a mobile one, fram, or pureolater filter. The ticking has only gotten worse and now I'm feeling surges when accelerating. Is this a cam lobe issue? I've read about the vct phazer a little. what does it do and how does it cause a ticking?
Expert:  EMRSR replied 7 years ago.

Fram and Purolator are after market, Mobil 1 is great stuff, but I have seen the aftermarket filters fail over a period of time. It is not just "1 " filter that fails, it happens over time. Who knows what the first owner did as well???? Maybe stretched the oil change intervals??? Yes, the cam if starving for oil is also suspect.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
what do you suggest i do? I have to tow a 14ft trailer in two days and I don't want to totally waste my engine.
Expert:  EMRSR replied 7 years ago.
Not sure if you will waste/destroy it, some damage might already be done. I would get to a dealer tommorow to have it checked! ASAP.
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