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1999 Civic 4 door EX 4 cyl. with 260K sure has loud lifter

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1999 Civic 4 door EX 4 cyl. with 260K sure has loud lifter ticking noise at cold startup then pretty much goes away as engine warms up. Should I just live with this or should I get it fixed?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  George H. replied 1 year ago.

Hello I will help you with your question,

You should get this fixed.

This engine has adjustable valve lash that is supposed to be done every 100,00o miles. I think if you have the valves adjusted and the valve cover gasket replaced the noise will be gone. The noise is metal hitting metal and over time it will damage the loose parts.

Please let me know if you have further questions

Thank you

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I do most repairs myself, can you please tell me how to perform this procedure?

Expert:  George H. replied 1 year ago.

Click here for procedure

It is not difficult, while you are there you can inspect the camshaft for any pitting.

Let me know how I can help

Thanks

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

is the cylinder head cover and the upper cover the same? Is that the valve cover?

Expert:  George H. replied 1 year ago.

Yes that is the valve cover

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

what's your method to turn the camshaft pulley and where do I attach the wrench?

Expert:  George H. replied 1 year ago.

The crank pulley is what you turn with the center bolt all you do with the cam pulley is to use its markings for alignment so you see when you are on the base circle of the cam and the rockers are at maximum lash. That is where you set the clearance. You have to turn the cam 4 times to get all the valves in turn on the base circle.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

should i purchase an offset feeler guage or standard?

Expert:  George H. replied 1 year ago.

A standard gauge works fine, you can get an offset if you wish they are about the same price.

Let me know how I can help

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