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Stuck lifter on Small Block Chevy

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by JuneyBooney, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. JuneyBooney

    JuneyBooney

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    Ok fellas, if you remember the old Corvette that the meekenecks messed up for me last year and I had to replace the engine with a reman engine I now have a stuck lifter on the driver's side. Any suggestions and I wonder if Jasper covers that type of problem? I learned a valuable lesson..make them put factory engines in. :upeyes:
     
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    Marvel Mystery Oil. HH
     

  3. JuneyBooney

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    Will that really work? I have heard good things about that product.
     
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    HollowHead Firm member

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    The haters say that it's nothing more than relabeled ATF but it's been my experience that if a lifter still sticks after adding and running, the lifter is simply bad and not stuck. HH
     
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    he is right , i use marvel mystery oil for everything on the farm , if it dont get unstuck its damaged as HH said .

    my dad used it for 40 years and i continue to use it .
     
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    Is it collapsed, stuck in the bore, or is the plunger stuck inside the lifter?

    Jasper should cover parts and labor with only a year on the engine.
     
  7. JuneyBooney

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    I am taking it to their shop near me tomorrow and see what they say. I have only driven it about a thousand miles sine the engine was installed. I hope you are right, I wouldn't be surprised if they change oil and put some of that mystery oil in. :rofl:i had a car years ago that I put atf in and it fixed them right up. I guess some of the old ways are still around. :supergrin:
     
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    knightkrawler00

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    Putting a quart of ATF in the GM 3.4L's was part of the 100K tune up all the way through the mid 2000's:rofl:! Maybe not that bad, but I have run a lot of ATF through them to quiet down the lifters.
     
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    I remember putting it in a Pontiac that had noisy lifters. Worked great. :cool: Now in this situation I may have to make them replace the lifters if it is covered under warranty. It would be just my luck to change the oil and then the lifters need replacing in a month.
     
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    If it's not under warranty just do it yourself, it's not that bad, its a SBC piece of cake.
     
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    That's not always true. The latest generation of the SBC, if you can truely call it a SBC, needs to have the heads removed to access the lifters.
     
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    If I remember from his other post regarding his vette it's an older one.
     
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    Oh, okay. Then they aren't too bad.
     
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    Yea 70's or 80's if I remember. Were not talking a newer Z06 or something.
     
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    Used marvel oil and atf in dads old mazda truck for bad lifter tapping. It kinda worked unless you started getting on it. Its a bandaid and unless someone knows what the mystery is, its just a really thin oil. Fix it right if you give a dang about the car. Anyone can work on a sbc. Maybe put some quality ones in there. I would add some roller rockers to while in there

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    I'll second the Marvel. It's good stuff. If it doesn't do the trick, your opening the tool box and digging in.

    :wavey:
     
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    ATF will clean out a "sludged up" hydraulic lifter. However a set
    of lifters with 1k miles are NOT sludged up. That is a product
    failure. Bore of the lifter is scored or the plunger is faulty. The
    only cure is replacement. My experience has been it's a crap shoot
    wether a new lifter set will eat a cam or not. I would HIGHLY
    suggest a cam AND lifter set replacement. They marry each other,
    they do not like new dance partners!
     
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    Pull the valve cover and take a look. Do all of the rocker adjustment nuts look to be in the same place as the others. Bent push rod, rocker arms look OK? You might be able to run it with the valve cover off and feel for a loose rocker as the engine idles.

    If it's a flat tappet engine, then a lobe could have gone down on the cam as newer oils don't have enough additives for those in some cases.


    Nail
     
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    Another vote for Marvel Mystery Oil for stuck lifters....

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  20. Bill Powell

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    Is the lifter actually stuck t the top of its travel, or has it lost prime and collapsed. If I buy a locally remanufactured engine I bring my own name brand lifters.