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mike93
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Apr 24, 2010, 4:38 PM

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Hi everyone I have a 2000 buick park avenue that only at idle always has a tick the car has oil in it no leaks at all and has 105,000 miles car runs excellent what can it be? thanks mike


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Apr 24, 2010, 6:03 PM

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You probably have a weak lifter that doesn't pump up at idle. There are a couple things you can try.

Get a quart of ATF and add it to the engine oil. Run the engine for about 10 minutes and drain the oil and refill with 5W30.

If that doesn't help. you may have to change the lifter.

Now if this noise gets louder when the A/C is turned on, then it could be something entirely different. They have a lot of problems with Harmonic Balancers separating and making a noise like that.




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mike93
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Apr 24, 2010, 6:13 PM

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yeah i will try that but yeah only at idle all the time but that wont hurt anything just running transmission fluid in there for 10 mins and then draining the oil?


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Apr 24, 2010, 6:15 PM

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No, it won't hurt for that little time. If you want to play it safe, just use half a quart and don't work the engine too hard. The detergent in the fluid will get to places regular oil can't.




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mike93
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Apr 24, 2010, 6:25 PM

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ok so ill just use a half a quart and just let it idle don't give it gas or anything?


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Apr 24, 2010, 6:32 PM

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You can bring the RPMs up to get better circulation. Just don't get over aggressive with it.




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mike93
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Apr 24, 2010, 6:44 PM

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ok i will try that and let you know thanks a lot


mike93
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Apr 24, 2010, 7:02 PM

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Also do you know is there any adjusting on this motor


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Apr 24, 2010, 8:03 PM

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Don't worry about adjusting them. That's not the issue here. As I said in the first post, you still need to confirm that it is actually a lifter making the noise




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mike93
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Apr 24, 2010, 8:12 PM

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ok and if not a lifter what else could it be it does it exactly the same with the ac on


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Apr 24, 2010, 8:15 PM

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I don't know. I'm not there to hear it. There's only so much I can tell you from here.




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mike93
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Apr 24, 2010, 8:52 PM

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ok thanks




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