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Got on the B20A5 a little rough today, and afterward a highly noticeable tick seems to be coming from the number 1 cylinder. I don't know what it could be. I hope I didn't bend a valve somehow. Though if I did, I wouldn't know why.

I really didn't run it hard. I really don't want to dump money into this POS any more if I don't have to. If you have any input, let me know please!

I don't know what step I should take next. Help me!!!!:(
 

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Go on youtube, find the videos that show you how to adjust your valves, and do it. you will need a bent neck 12mm, a screwdriver, and a feelergauge. Pop your hood, there should be a sticker that says the valve adjustment tolerances

If you have to buy all tools, maybe 35 bucks at most. Put aside about 2-3 hours to do this if youve never done a valve adjustm,ent.







Or just take your car to a shop and have them do it. My car ticks more as I beat on it, a adjustment cures the ticking.


You could also be low on oil
 

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I just rebuilt the head 3,000 miles ago, and I adjusted them all then, so I completely ruled out having to adjust them already. But it does make sense. It kinda has been a progressive tick too. Should I be driving it much? The only time I have time to adjust them is Wednesday.

And thank you! You have no idea how much closure this bring me! Even if it's not the exact problem. (But hopefully it is, because it's an easy fix)
 

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Well, do realize when you tighten that screw, it can make the adjustment go out a lil again. Recheck your adjustment, in the mean time, check your oil and coolant levels, make sure your sparkplugs are snug, if they are lose, they tick a lil, then they start to sound like a lawnmower when they get really lose.

In the mean time, simply dont beat on it, Id say dont bring it past 3500rpms unless you have too (steep hill, etc...)
 

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I realized that when you tighten that screw it messes it up. It makes going back and quadrouple checking your work nearly impossible because it's always off some. Especially when you're trying to keep your motor at the exact spot you adjusted them the first, second, and third times.

I'm just really hoping that's what it is. I mean, it only makes sense. It was gradual, I noticed it and put thicker oil in it thinking it'd quiet it up some. It didn't and I kept thinking damn, I wonder if it's my rocker clearances? And I kept putting it off, and finally yesterday it must've been pushed too hard, and it just finally started an actual clicking.

The sound I've been noticing before yesterday was more of like a feel anyway. It had a rough sound when accelerating, it'd smooth out after a few grand, and it'd smooth out when slowly letting the engine decel. But if I kept the gas at a constant, and the engine didn't have much load, it'd feel rough. Still sounds like clearances?

Mind you, the current ticking sound is heard at idle (800) all the way up to about 2,500.

It's my only transportation though, and I can't just toss it aside. I'm also trying to sell it.

Thanks for your help! :)
 

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Well, you have an open rench with a bent neck? that will allow you to keep the screwdriver in place as you tighten it

hope it works for ya
 

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Yeah, that's the technique I use. But the louder knock went away, now it just sounds grumbly when the throttle is just keeping the car at a constant speed at any RPM. If I decel or accel it sounds just fine. The grumbly sound scares me though. Any ideas?
 
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