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Bad lifters? Pushrods?

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by 239, March 13, 2013.

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  1. 239

    239 Active Member

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    Hey everyone, my X has been making a weird noise now for about 10k miles, since I installed the stock IAC a year ago(it had the wrong one before, from the 5.0) Well I've researched quite a bit and the only things I've seen are bad lifters/pushrods. The noise is like marbles in a can, it's not the normal idle sound that almost sounds like a diesel. This sound is much louder and more frequent. I made a video of it, hopefully someone has had experience with this before. It only makes the noise in park or neutral after a start up, it almost goes away completely if I drive until the engine warms up then put it in park.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh3jSs6yPNk&sns=em
     
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  3. deweyville65

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    My 96 4.0 OHV wore out the rocker arms and push rods. About a year and a half ago I replaced the left side rockers and push rods, cost right at $100 for parts. Caution there were three lengths of push rods listed. mine were 5.480 length.
     
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    Did yours make the same noise mine does and if so did it go away after you changed them out?
     
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    and all the parts are right there,,

    and done,,
     
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    Definitely lifters/ push rods and most likely rocker arms. Bad thing is if you end up needing to replace the lifters, you have to take the heads off.
     
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    sorry about the delay, internet was down for a while here. The noise on the video sounds much worse than mine did. try listening at the valve cover with a long screwdriver if you do not have a stethoscope to isolate the noise. The noise, to me, sounds like a broken/cracked flex plate. Just from listening to the video.
     
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    I hate to say it but that don't sound like lifters or valvetrain noise, could be but a very bad case if so.pull a valve cover off and check.
     
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    I guess the pushrods and the other components are due for replacing at 172,000 miles. I know a good shop where I can get the engine checked while they're replaced. So I'll go from there, as far as the broken flex plate, I've never heard of that, what is it exactly? I wonder how long till my engine explodes :eek:
     
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    Would a damaged flex plate make the noise only at idle? It goes away almost completely after the engine warms up.
     
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    im voting valvetrain
     
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    Hey I think your answer was right. I had my timing chain replaced when I had it at the local shop to replace a leaking timing chain cover and since then the sound is completely gone. All I hear now is the familiar wrist pin noise. It's funny because it's and idle related issue, it only did it when stopped and it started right after I replaced my IAC. I was running the wrong one for a few years so that might have damaged something. Very interesting.
     






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